Sunday, 8 May 2016

Jobs and Jolly's Spring 2016

Boat Jobs - and some leisure jolly's Spring 2016

With the better weather, I have been doing some much needed painting on the boat.
However, there is always time for some walking and a 'catch up' with my brother at the Severn Valley Railway.

Winter pansies still looking good!

Look closely to count the ducklings - sadly, it seems not many have survived?!

The front hold is now my painting workshop

The top lights upside down - for an undercoat

Yes - it's the Severn Valley Railway!

Sir Keith Park - Bulleid's Southern Region 1946 re-built Battle of Britain Class 4-6-2
No. 34053

Not to be confused with this!

SVR have a fine rake of goods wagons - here in the sidings at Highley

Primer on the top side

Followed by the topside undercoat

Another big job is the prep on the starboard front panel - taking out the lining stripe

Also, the reduction box ready for painting - it has already been degreased.
I will protect the brass nuts with masking tape

An interlude from boats jobs - walking with the Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival.
Here, climbing out of the Gorge up the Rotunda Steps.

The historic Ironbridge - completed in 1781, the first cast iron bridge at 100 feet long

Having a breather in Wrekin woods

Back to the boat - repairing a paint gash from our last trip!

Monday, 2 May 2016

Up and Over at Overwater Marina April 2016

Widebeam Show Boat moves South April 2016

The Elton Moss widebeam, on show for sometime here at Overwater Marina, has been sold and was due to be taken on the low-loader down to the Kennet and Avon Canal.
Here are some pictures of the morning's lift and load.

Crane and lorry arrive at Overwater Marina

3 into 2 ?

I was told this weighs in at about 24 tons

Lining up the lifting cradle - driver plus 2 men did the job

This photo shows the lorry being extended to accommodate the length of the boat.
The low-loader lorry is called a trombone outfit!

The lorry was moved forward into position

There was a short delay - whilst some heavy steel plates were brought from the farm

This photo shows the steel plate spreading the weight under the outrig leg - this to protect the tarmac road

All ready for the lift

The lorry was then reversed under the boat

Carefully lowered into position

Job done!!