Our co-owned Westerly Centaur "Ensay Mist" has returned to Northboats for the winter after a successful summer on her mooring at Ullapool that saw her sail the Summer Isles regularly and cruise in company with some of the Tall Ships that visited the Wester Ross village in July.
Unfortunately, craning-out day was yet another when the winds decided to blow (did they ever stop this year?) and it took a bit of careful handling to get her alongside the harbour, without denting the hull and scratching her paintwork, to allow the ace crane crew of Donnie, Sandy and Angus to do their stuff. 
Unstepping the mast was a challenge as she rolled to and fro playfully but lifting the hull from the water went smoothly and she was on her trailer within an hour.
Plans for the winter include more work on fitting her out interior, including tackling her sagging headlining, a common feature of many similar GRP cruisers of 1970s vintage. She will also be fitted with effective reefing gear as mature ladies are not supposed to show their bottoms in public when the winds get up.
I like sailing the right way up. Leaning as though one of your legs has been amputated is of limited interest during a leisurely afternoon cruise. Horror of horrors, it can even spill your drink!