Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The engine goes back in!

It's been a busy couple of weeks in between the good and the bad weather!

Friday 23rd March. Clean Engine Bay floor areas after grinding and sanding. Paint with Fertan Rust Converter to leave the surface ready for paint.

Saturday 31st March. ‘Wet’ flat all painted areas and wipe with panel wipe to remove the grease and damp because of low outside temperatures, paint with grey bilge paint then cover and leave to dry for a few days.

Friday 6th April. Repack Stern tube with fresh gland packing.

Saturday 7th April. Refit engine, replace the 2 forward engine mountings, 2 water (coolant hoses) from the engine to water expansion pressure tank and 2 water pump (coolant hoses ) to hot water tank for domestic use.

Sunday 8th April. Refit gear selector cable and throttle control cable, then start the engine and bleed fuel system and check for fuel leaks. Job not yet finished, waiting for antifreeze and some water hoses.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Kerne Bridge

It was now 1715 hrs Wye Invader was about 300 metres downstream of Kerne Bridge, it was almost last light, we had just climbed the 2 metres up and over Lower Lydbrook weir, from this point on the River Wye gets narrower and we had another 2 metres of what remains of the Weir below Kerne Bridge to pass up and over. We were now 100 metres below the bridge, the river started to get wider and more shallow with trees in the middle to the Starboard bank. About 50 metres short of the Bridge you could just see the top of the Weir. It was at this point that we began to see the river bottom, we had just enough draft to clear the Weir and pass under and through the centre arch of the bridge, from this point on it was now dark, we used the large roof mounted spot lamp to illuminate the river bank to the port side and carry on to moor at Ross-on-Wye by Wilton Bridge later that evening.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Engine bay overhaul

Towards the end of February the fuel pipes and fuel filter were changed, we then made a start on the engine bay only to find the 2 forward engine mounts were well past their sell by date [probably the cause of some vibration in the videos - Dave, video editor!] . So we removed the engine and 2 hours later we had an empty engine bay and we then used a grinder with a 36 grit disc to remove all the paint and rust from the floor and sanding the inner sides of the hull before repainting.

Engine ready to lift out

The engine is out

It's a dirty job but someone has to do it!

Friday, 9 March 2018

Winter Service - Fuel

The last weekend of February was very cold with an easterly wind blowing however, Wye Invader Two had her engine and stern covered with a large tarpaulin, the sun was shining and out of the wind it was almost Spring. The list of Winter service items to do would not do themselves and hopefully Summer is not that far away, so we made a start on the fuel system.

1. The first item in the fuel supply line and often forgotten is the fuel water separator, it does the job or separating any water that has found it's way into your fuel tank from the fuel. We removed the base, cleaned it, resealed it and refilled with fuel.

2. 2 fuel pipes and 1 leak off pipe from the injectors to return surplus fuel. These were replaced with new items and were also the correct Fire Resistant Fuel Pipes Spec.

3. The fuel filter was replaced and then filled with injector cleaning fluid to improve starting and performance in general.

4. We bled the fuel system and started the engine to check for fuel leaks and engine performance in general.

Job done!

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Lydbrook Junction Bridge

Friday 27 Oct 1989 1530 hrs.

We were about 250 metres downstream of the old Wire Works Factory on the starboard bank side of the River Wye, as the bridge came into view we had sight of the centre arch supported by 4 cast iron cylinders, the centre arch is almost 23 metres across.

The bridge crosses the Wye as the river bends to the right on the upstream side, the floodwater coming downstream hit the left bank and was forced across the upstream side of the bridge, because of this and the length of Wye invader we kept to the Port side and let the current assist in turning us into the bend. As we passed under the bridge there were people on the walkway above us so we said “Good afternoon” to them, it’s was now 1545 hours, as the Stern cleared the top side of the centre arch and bridge.

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/