Hello shipmates, it has been too long since I have darkened the hallowed halls of my blog with the rantings of a barge obsessed idiot, so I thought just a quick note to let you know the current state of play and what I have been up to.
As some of you may be aware, I have been training as gyrocopter instructor for the last 6 months . . .
The next big event is dry dock. This is no small undertaking, both financially and in terms of the logistics and planning which go into it. The Bristol channel is a harsh environment for a barge with limited power and a skipper with limited ability. It is for this reason that we will be hiring a pilot to take us up the channel. Apparently . . .
(see what I did there?...)
Well, the weather has been warm which means working in the barge is uncomfortable at best. Especially if you are foolhardy enough to start welding. The steel roof of the barge 'pops' when you walk over it so I have purchased some 50x50x5mm angle steel to weld to the steel roof in order to add a little rigidity. Long term the roof will . . .
(Or more generally, why procrastination is a good thing)
When undertaking a mammoth endeavour such as Zee it would be great to be able to decide in the first few weeks where everything would fit, what the floorplan would be, what services are required and where and then being able to make the necessary budget and project plan with a definitive flow and end date. That would be 'amazeballs' . . .
The destruction in the skipper's cabin continues apace. Although not a priority for us as we will be doing the cargo hold first it will be necessary to strip it all back in order to shot blast the inside of the cabin. Additionally there are areas of the steel floor which have completely given way and I suspect (without a crystal ball or . . .
As the famed rapper Nelly was heard to utter in his 2002 classic, although contrary to his direction will not be 'taking off all my clothes'. Health and safety and all that... Plus I might scare the horses.
Whilst everyone has been basking in the tropical weather I have been descending into the bowels of a large steel vessel . . .
(he has just been sidetracked is all...)
Never fear, your intrepid and, some might say, slightly sardonic Cap'n is not dead. No he has merely been doing other stuff which has taken priority, much of which will become obvious later this year.
So what has been achieved recently (eyes looking at the ground and shuffles feet awkwardly)? I have to admit not a huge amount, . . .