Now the barge has got it’s first coat and windows cut out. The inside of the hull will also be painted before insulation foam is sprayed on and hull brought in to shed to be fitted out.
Sandblasting has finally started. The windows will be cut out and the boat moved in to a bigger shed to be painted and fitted out when sandblasting is finished.
The barge is brought out of the shed to be sandblasted. A delicate process that went very smoothly. At this stage the hull weighs 32 ton. The wheels on the trailer can be steered with poles. A video of the procedure can be viewed on...
Detail of rudder being constructed