Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Meanwhile, Back at the Office.


It seems to never rain, but pour. We’ve currently got this rather sweet little dutch barge on the slip. She’s in for some extensive doubling (overplating) of the hull, and a whole bunch of other works besides. But the doubling part of it is all mine. In four days flat me and my two trusty Nepalese labourers have managed to get eleven plates tacked into their proper position on the bottom of the boat, and we’ve done a decent job of it too- I’m well pleased at the progress. Of course, if she were mine we’d have to cut the whole lot out and start again replating the proper way but economics dictate that we don’t have, um, four years. Instead I’m told I have three weeks from Monday gone. I’m really looking forward to plating round the bow partly for the shape that the doublers will take up but mostly because doing so will mean that I don’t have to scramble around in this space:


It’s just a wee bit tight under there folks, each day has already become an steadfast exercise in contortionism and seriously athletic to boot. I’m considering asking my osteopath if he can have me fitted with a flip-top head and Stretch Armstrong back to make life easier…

Boats, you gotta love ‘em.

9 Comments:

Blogger steve said...

Wow, that's a tight space to work in! When we were at dry dock it was maybe 4 feet high and even that was hard work after a while.

12:39 pm  
Blogger steve said...

By the way, are you living in london still? If you ever want to drop round to see the boat and meet up you'd be very welcome. At least you know where we are!

12:40 pm  
Blogger Bill K said...

It sure looks like there is room above the barge which makes me ask why they didn't block it higher knowing what had to be done ?

Bill Kelleher

1:31 pm  
Blogger IsmilebecauseIhavenoideawhatsgoingon said...

Hi Bill,
I know, it made plating a bit of a bastard, but at least it was the perfect height for welding. These things are always a trade off. Just spent nearly two weeks lying on the slipway floor between the launch trolleys. In spite of wearing leather gauntlets and sleeves and hiding under a leather blanket I'm still covered in burns..
cheers seb.

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