Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Wye Invader Two - Winter maintenance

The summer finished for Wye Invader Two on Friday 30th October 2015 when she was lifted out on to the hard standing at Sharpness Dry Dock. On average she clocked up about 80 miles a week in addition to two outings on the River Severn - See the video on our website

The plan for the Winter is to remove the Engine and Gearbox, clean and paint the engine bay and varnish as much of the interior as time allows.

On the 14th and 15th of November we spent 3 hours removing the engine and gearbox from the boat, and on the weekend of 21st and 22nd November the gearbox was separated from the engine. On further inspection the clutch plate was found to be worn and in need of a replacement, the gearbox oil seals were worn and leaking oil so replacement parts are being sort.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Song of the Paddle

Wye Invader at Symonds Yat in October 1989
It's amazing what you find on the Web these days. While doing a little search engine optimisation for I came across a forum post on a strangely named forum SongofthePaddle, a site and forum dedicated to those with a love of, or an interest in, open canoes and canoeing.

Looking through the post a canoeist in November 2012 on a 3 day, 2 night canoeing trip had spotted a large 'ship/boat' named Wye something just outside Hereford and was asking for information about it. Several posters had given information about the Wye Invader and the last post, in February 2013 was by someone who spotted Wye Invader in Monmouth and again asking what had happened to her.

Joining the forum I was able to add some information about the website but, as a new poster I wasn't allowed to post any links to the site, very kindly a regular forum member posted the direct website link for me and in just 2 days the website had over 200 page views just from the single post and many views on the Wye Invader YouTube website!