In the Belgian yard

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 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.

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.

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.