Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Weed Hatch

The weed hatch is there so you can remove any weed, rope and even car tyres from around the propeller or prop shaft without going for a swim. When the barge is built or constructed, the hatch is made out of the same steel as the hull, in the case of Wye invader 2 that is 6mm thick.
Every 3 to 4 years the barge should be taken out to have the bottom of the barge pressure washed or shot blasted to clean the old bitumen and rust off, then repaint. The area most often forgot is the weed hatch, so when your barge is an ex-hire craft its a good idea to clean and paint before you find your boat sat on the bottom of the canal!

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

UPDATE - Gearbox and Engine Bay

We removed the engine and gearbox over the weekend of 14/15 November, I priced the cost of a new drive plate and gear box and have decided to replace them although the gearbox only has 1700 hrs on it and is working well the drive plate is well worn. While the engine is out I sanded the sides with an orbital sander and the old bitumen floor covering has been removed. Roll on Summer…..