After a nervous couple of days being told by the yard that our haul out would be delayed by about a week and more worrying that if we needed work to be done in the yard it would not be able to be completed before the yard closed down at the end of June for their annual congés! This would be an utter disaster for the closing of our sale of JoLi’. We hauled never-the-less and hoped that the yard could, if necessary, perform miracles and get the work done if required.
Here’s the slide show of our coming in to the dry dock:
The dry dock needs to be filled with water by opening the valves on the gate.
Water fills the area slowly.
Eventually fully covering the steel supports that have been built for each barge. Our area is in the front of this photo.
Water comes in pretty quickly and covers all the stands.
The dry dock is filled. Then the crane lifts the gate.
We were to go in first as we were all the way in the back of the dry dock.
The barge to the right of the gate was staying in for this dry-docking.
Once we were set the next barge came in and tied off to the metal stakes that marked where the stands had been constructed under the water to support them.
All the barges are measured and steel stands are welded specifically for each barge
All very slow going
Yard foreman in blue supervising.
These guys grabbed the pole and tied off. Important that when the water is evacuated the barge doesn’t float off center of the stand under water.
Next one in. This was the pair to the one that came in front.
They can join them together and use only one driver in larger canals.
Or break them apart so they can navigate separately in the areas where the locks are smaller.
This one was in for a major repair that would cause us concerns for the amount of manpower it would take and not enable our work to get done!
If you look just under the anchors in the bow you’ll see the damage.
This one is then moored to shore with the bars just on the surface holding it in place over their stand
Everyone is in now and tied off. Ready for the
You can see our forward stake at Lisa’s feet. There was a chalk mark on the side of the hull that we had to make sure stayed lined up as the water went out.
We had plenty of time while everyone else came in.
The dry dock is very full.
Looks funny to see this little boat on the hard even with us…for the moment.
Water slowly draining out. The ramp is starting to show.
Once the hull settles on the supports we don’t need to monitor the lines as there’s NO way we’re going anywhere!
They then crane away the wall at the end of the dry dock. The ramp is their access point for heavy equipment once there’s no more water.
They wheel stairs up to the sides of the barges so we can get on and off.
There we are perfectly placed on the support beams
First time in 5 years we get a close look at our bottom.
You can see the metal stake that is welded to the supports for our line-up marker when coming in.
Here again also.
Time to get to work!
The first job in the yard is to have your hull power wash. It’s a disgusting, messy, noisy job!
Power wash bow
Power wash stern
To give you an idea of how high we are off the ground.
Even all the rainbows in the world couldn’t make time in the yard pleasant.
It was a long and arduous time in the yard. The survey went very well. Comments from the buyers surveyor were:
“You’ve found yourself a real jewel”; “The conversion was well thought out and executed”; “he’s never seen a barge in this well maintained condition”…
We were put back in the water the morning the yard started their congés!
We traveled back to our port of Cergy, where she would remain for the new owners when they came over in the spring of 2014 to take possession.