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Nearly finished...!

Most of the list of Winter maintenance jobs are nearly finished and we're now looking to be back in the water around the 1st of May.Latest work includes:Sunday 15th AprilPressure wash the Wye Invader hull, refresh with Keel Black and remove weed hatch top to gain access and remove all the rust and old bitumen not removed last year. Friday 20th April10.00am - Repaint hull with Keel Black, first
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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/
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Monmouth Bridge

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