Bring a 38 metre (124 foot) Dutch Barge across the Channel, sail it round the South Coast, up the River Severn to Chepstow, then up the River Wye to Hereford, then 23 years later, return back down the Wye, including navigating the famous Symonds Yat Rapids, to Sharpness - Impossible? - not for The Wye Invader and Frank Barton. The story continues now with Wye Invader Two...
As the weather over the last 2 weeks improved, the showers and wind have calmed down and this has allowed us to finish removing the coach lines and the names off the sides.
The next step was to flat the top, sides and roof with a sander, then we wet flatted the top and sides with 400 grit wet and dry paper using soapy water and dried the surfaces. The sides were then wiped clean with spirit to make sure they were clean before being sprayed at different times in between showers.
The roof was last and finished with rollers, used to apply a none slip paint in mid grey. All the walk on flat areas have had a repaint with none slip paint and the Bow and Stern have also had a repaint using a roller, finally the engine room and bilge have also been painted in mid grey.
We're very grateful to Border Automotive (Hereford branch) who supplied the paint used on Wyeinvader Two for all their help and assistance.
Wyeinvader Two should be back in the water by the 1st of June.
When WyeInvader Two was purchased 3 years ago, I did a quick colour change from red and yellow to dark blue and this was carried out in Sharpness on the dockside over a 3 day period, at the time I did find half the windows had rust stains round the frames so when WyeInvader Two was lifted out for the Winter 2016-17, this was one of the items that were listed as jobs to be sorted.
With all of the other jobs finished we made a start on the window frames on Thursday 4 May. Over the weekend the windows were removed, the wooden frames on the inside were also lifted out to give access to the inside part of the window frame to assist in their removal along with all the screws. 3 of the windows almost fell out the rest had to be cut out as they had been fixed in with mastic.
With the frames removed the insides of the windows were masked to keep dust to a minimum. All the rust was ground out and filled with body filler then primed with a black primer to assist with repainting the sides later when the weather gets a little warmer.
It’s always interesting to see what else is going on at Sharpness dock when we’re there, this weekend WyeInvader’s next door neighbour for the winter “Marjory” was lifted back in after a service and the famous MV Balmoral from Bristol was in dry dock.