MARABU seems to have a "hangover" - hanging old and tired in ropes early this morning: an adventurous construction from the "normal" mobile crane as well as another "lever crane" takes over the entire yard of Martin's Shipyard. Tension and nervousness are evident in the faces of the boatbuilders, only the most necessary things are spoken, the men's breathing air does not just evaporate because of the first autumnal cold.
Millimetre work with uncertain output is required by the two crane operators in order to raise the hull of the large yacht exactly synchronously. The keel is to be uncovered and removed, the whole day is reserved for it.
Centimetre by centimetre, the fuselage detaches from the trailer. To everyone's surprise, a gap is already forming in the front half between deadwood and lead ballast. Rapidly the 5 tons weight is lowered again and secured with a nut. Once again, things are going up - the trailer on which the keel shape cast over 80 years ago is to be stored for the next few months must be placed under the fuselage - and then down again.
Apparently, only the rear of the lateral plan has the bolts slightly jammed in the wood. Only at this point the boat builders have to help with a few wooden wedges and some strong blows from the sledge hammer. Another fitting falls victim to the flex.
"I have never experienced that before." Josef Martin shakes his head somewhat astonished as the fuselage seems to rise effortlessly above his lead keel. MARABU made it almost too easy and provides a solution to the mystery: Englishboatbuilders immortalized themselves on the surface of the lead in 1989 with the year. At least once in the history of this yacht this area has been reworked and the ballast and hull have been separated. Luck for the Radolfzell team.
Just in time for the breakfast break all work is done. The boss looks at the heavy piece of lead with the bolts in it. Satisfied and relaxed, his breath evaporates under the brown leather hat and again it's not at the temperature, because the sun has fought its way past the shipyards and warms the place in front of the big gate.
The conversations among the boat builders are wandering out to sea - Helgoland, Atlantic, Newport... with his 12mR he wouldn't dare this trip, Martin says. With the MARABU? Yes, with the MARABU of course when she is completly refitted... after all, she is a Windfall.