Which weighs more - a bosun's chair or two bits of rope?

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Monday 23rd June

Had to queue for the fuel pontoon and finally left at 10am for Porquerolles. Arrived 4.30pm after 27 uneventful miles.

Porquerolles looks a nice place, particularly after all the day trippers have left on the last ferry. Bob and I decide to try out the bosun’s chair so we can attach a halyard for the cruising chute I bought at the boat show. Diane suggests hoisting the chair on its own to make sure it goes up OK. It goes up alright but then refuses to come down! The two halyards attached obviously weigh more than the chair. It stays up there all night and creates some interest in passers-by who think that this is some new gadget the English have invented. Ask the man in the chandlers about using the crane and he says “No problem - come back tomorrow 9am”.

Tuesday 24th June

Go to the chandlers at 9am to be told the crane men will fit us in but he doesn’t know when, should be some time during the morning. Alarm bells should have been ringing, knowing that crane men are a law unto themselves. Go back 11.30am to be told the crane men have finished for lunch! Go back to the boat cursing the French again but then they arrive shortly after. They look with some bemusement at the bosun’s chair, flying proudly at the top of the mast. In the end we motor round to the crane and position the boat underneath. One of the men goes up the crane and from the end of the jib he can reach the bosun’s chair and sends it down. Job done in 15 minutes - cost 55 euros. Finally leave at 12.15pm.

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