The wait was not without excitement:

Newspaper article

These perfectly outfitted gendarmes are guarding the public launch spot while they recovered the corpse. The white spot across the canal is JoLi’ on the commercial dock!

As is normally the case, but still frustrating and stressful, haul-out yards are rarely on schedule. Yards in France are worse than Belgium…and substantially higher priced. This would not have been an issue if it were just us. But the Australians that were going to purchase JoLi’, subject to a good survey during haul-out had traveled from Sydney with confirmed reservations for a return date which we thought would allow them plenty of time to be present during the whole process.

See the next page for details on our haul-out and survey.