I made a list of jobs to do before launching. There was water in the cockpit (rain water). I need to replace the jockey wheel with a new one with a bigger wheel to tilt the boat up front to drain all the rain water to the back.
1. replaced jockey wheel
After water blasting the trailer, it became obvious to me that it was necessary to give it a new coat of paint before trying to get WOF. The front part was corroded badly, probably needed some oxy-welding to remove the corroded parts. Sure enough, it failed the WOF. I had to do some remedial welding on the trailer and also install some [white] lights facing forward because the boat was deemed too wide (over 2 metres). If I had a cousin who is a mechanic in a small country town, the story would have been very different.
I decided to give the job to a shop in Frankton. The man even showed me a way to lift up 500 kg by myself. I will launch it at Hamilton lake, leave it there for a few hours while the trailer is being welded next Friday. To save $200, I am prepared to do some work. I removed the outboard engine, rudder and mast, storing it temporarily behind my house.
To avoid lifting heavy weights (due to a bad back), I used a table with wheels for transporting the heavy motor from the front yard to the back of the house. A wheel barrow is no good because it has only one wheel in front and tend to topple sideways under load. This table has special locking wheels. I bought it at the Hospice shop last Thursday for $20, just for this job. Afterwards it becomes my portable work bench. I have been looking for one for some time; but they were expensive and did not fit all my requirements. I need a sturdy work bench for woodwork. This table is just the right height for installing a bench vice.
I have also been trying to raise the mast a few times last week on the front lawn. It was quite easy using the main sheet blocks as a hand winch and pulling from the cockpit. The bottom end is pinned and it cannot fall side ways like the mast on a Hobie 16 which has a rotating mast. For lifting that mast I used a special gin pole arrangement with the hand winch and installing two temporary side stays to keep it in one plane.
The rudder is even easier to remove than the mast. Two pins hold it firmly to the transom. It normally sits inside the cabin while the boat is on tow.
The front facing white lights are small but very bright. The best thing about using submersible lights, is this. They are now an integral part of the trailer; no more handling of separate light boards for me.
The side supporting wheels on the mud guards may have to be adjusted or replaced with larger size wheels later; then every thing on this trailer is complete. I can start renovating the inside of the boat to suit my own special requirements as a single hander. My intentions are to use it for free camping on the South Island to explore lake Pukaki, Tekapo, Wanaka, Te Anau, Wakatipu; Marlborough and Milford Sounds, then the Abel Tasman national parks...