Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Wye Invader Two 2018 Winter maintenance

As 2017 came to an end, Wye Invader Two was lifted out onto hard standing for the Winter. 2017 was a busy year, out from Sharpness most weekends she travelled as far North as Upton on Severn and then Stourport, East as far as Hanham Lock via Bristol and she had several trips up the River Wye to Brockweir, unfortunately a planned trip as far as Monmouth on the River Wye was postponed at the last minute due to low water levels and inclement weather.

It's now time to look at winter maintenance and we've got the following list:

Replace diesel fuel pipes into fuel filter
Replace fuel filter
Refill with Injector cleaner and clean diesel fuel
Change engine oil filter and oil
Replace injector leak off pipe
Pressure wash outside hull, check last year's KeelBlack
Weed hatch, remove all loose rust and old bitumen repaint with KeelBlack
Clean engine bay and repaint
Replace bilge pump

Monday, 29 January 2018

Huntsman’s (Huntsham) Bridge

The next bridge in our series on navigating a 38m barge through the bridges on the River Wye to Hereford is now on our website - https://www.wyeinvader.uk/offsite/bridges/

Friday, 12 January 2018

Monmouth Bridge


Monmouth Bridge now added to our website - Navigating the Wye Invader through the bridges on the River Wye - full details here

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Sunset over Sharpness docks

January 2018 and a quick visit to check on Wye Invader Two, now out of the water for winter maintenance and to protect the bow with a tarp, also had time to take a spectacular sunset shot!

Monday, 1 January 2018

Sharpness Dry dock

Spotted in Sharpness Dry dock on New Years Eve, TS Pelican and an unnamed barge. The dry dock had been refilled to allow TS Pelican to enter for work to be done on her steering according to local sources.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

A 'hairy' entry into Sharpness Docks.

Now on our YouTube page - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyhtZiIqxRE

Wednesday 23rd return to Sharpness.

Weather, Wind from South West, 8 knots, sea state almost flat as the Tide and direction of Wind was the same, or almost. This was a high spring tide of over 9.5 Metres (31 feet) at Sharpness.

We left Portishead, and ‘Locked out’ at 0639, we passed under the new Severn Bridge at 0724 and the Old Severn Bridge at 0744, the last 10 miles into the entrance of Sharpness were completed in 1 hour and 16 mins. The full 20 or 21 miles were covered in 2hrs and 21 mins, for a 50 foot narrow boat that was the nearest thing you get to flying! The speed of a Spring Tide varies from hour to hour but I think the hour before the last hour is probably the fastest, and the last few minutes of the video bear that out!