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Planning for a 2 day voyage Sharpness to Portishead and return.

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New Video

After 5 months on hard standing for an engine out winter maintenance schedule, Wye Invader Two went back in the water in the second week of May. A ’shakedown’ run was arranged to Tewkesbury for the following weekend.Due to poor weather conditions no video was taken on the ‘up’ run, on the return run it was suggested to do another video of Gloucester to Sharpness along the beautiful Sharpness
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and we're back in the water - 2018!

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Wilton Bridge, Ross on Wye

For the past few days it had been raining in Wales, the river had started to rise, we now had enough depth of water at Wilton Bridge to float the Wye Invader, we removed the wheelhouse cabin because there would not be sufficient clearance. Wye Invader’s air draft without the cabin is 3 metres and we were all most there. The only other option was the arch nearest to Wilton but that was full of trees
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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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