Thursday, 10 December 2009
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Friday, 23 October 2009
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Monday, 21 September 2009
We also had the 'Ginger Party'. Everyone was red-haired, the food was ginger and the place was orange. All for Billy's birthday!
Monday, 7 September 2009
This is Sunbeam, a local smack, taken just before the race started.
These two hardened sailors are also members of the race committee. We even feed them and water them!!
Another local smack, Charlotte Ellen, had their launching party back at the hard. Free beer and champagne, accompanied by a jazz band was a perfect end to the race. Back to the club and even more beer, food and music til late at night. Well done to all sailors and helpers.
Not sure about the hangover the next day though!!!!
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
Friday, 28 August 2009
We are still waiting for the yard to finish their shot blasting compound so that we can get Bonnie's hull done and then painted. Once the hull is finished the next job will be to make her seaworthy so that we can sail her down to to our home village. It will be a lot easier to work on the barge once it is closer to home. But this weekend we are going to relax for the first time in ages.
Saturday, 22 August 2009
This is my first attempt at blogging, but I have been inspired by all the other bloggers who are converting their barges, so I thought I would have a go.
We bought Bonnie from a chap called John in Scotland. As we approached Gare Loch Head for our first sighting of Bonnie, the tide was just turning and she turned 180 degrees. Talk about showing off from the start! We fell in love as soon as we boarded her and bought her on the spot. (Okay we know it was taking a chance without a survey etc). Bonnie is an ex-ammunitions barge and is 58ft x 17.5ft.
Our first problem was to get her down south. She needed too much work to bring her down under her own steam, so the only logical way was by road. It was either that or commute to Scotland from Essex on a weekly basis to work on her!! We had to cut 18 ins off the coach roof so that she would fit under all the bridges on the way down. My husband was like an expectant father on the day she was moved, but it was really exciting when she arrived. She is now in Ipswich on dry land, whilst we concentrate to getting the hull done before she is launched again and bought home to Essex.
We held our breaths when the survey was done, but it turned out just fine, 8 mm minimum under the waterline and 10 mm minimum above. Ian Anderson (a great surveyor, recommended) enthused about the solidity of her and the way she was so well built. The engine started first time (a bonus). We knew she was going to be a great barge.
We are just about to have the hull shot blasted and primed. Didn't realise quite how expensive that was going to be, but from what I understand everything from now on will cost more than we thought! Once we get Bonnie home, the real work in fitting her out will start. However, we cannot wait to get started for real. I have already had great fun touring the salvage yards, buying butler sinks, rayburn etc.
The aim is to use as many reclaimed materials as possible and be as self sufficient as we possibly can. Then we plan to navigate the Dutch and Belgium canals in our retirement.
The other blogs have taught us a lot already and we look forward to reading more and perhaps keeping in touch with like minded (mad) people. I hope that by the next posting I will have worked out how to put the pictures in properly!