Three weeks ago today I became the new custodian of Elizmor.

Two weeks from yesterday, on the 10th December, Elizmor will be launched into the River Ribble from her hardstanding berth at Preston Marina!

The marina itself doesn’t have a crane big enough to launch all [estimated] 40tons of Elizmor, so they recommended I do my own research and find a crane hire company to do a contract lift (so they supply the crane, the groundsmen, slings, spreader beams, health & safety docs etc.).

Over the past couple of weeks I have been contacting a number of contract lifting companies for quotes, and they all came out to do site surveys and check that the launch would be possible, and what crane size is needed. We’re going to need a 200t crane to launch Elizmor into the basin behind her berth – thankfully access is pretty good.

After an eye-watering £7k+ quotation from the first company, I have chosen to go with a company based fairly locally – for a much cheaper but still bloody expensive price. Let’s just say, a whole year of mooring fees for my 34ft yacht Milestone in Brighton Marina will just about cover the launch fees for Elizmor. Yup… big boat, big holes in my pockets.

Now, there remains one question… will she float or sink?! Hopefully the former, but we’re pretty confident with our new and improved bilge pump systems.

Edit: The launch has been postponed due to liability issues that need sorting out… I will update you all further when I know what the new plan is.

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