The Cruising Officer’s report (which can be seen in the 2014 Bulletin in the Members Only pages) gives details of the early stages of development of the new mooring barge.
Initial construction work proceeded well and all panels were laid up by club members and trimmed to size before work came to a halt due to the low winter temperatures.
In the proceeding interval it came to light that The South West Lakes Trust at Roadford reservoir had a pontoon boat surplus to their requirements. It was also clear that this vessel could be adjusted to produce a far better barge than the club members could construct.
The early part of the story is summarised in the email that Mike Street sent to all Club Mooring Holders on 20 April 2015 which can be seen by clicking here.
HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS OF THE OLD BARGE WHICH HAS SERVED THE CLUB SO WELL AT HER FINAL LANDING AT SOUTH HOOE ON 20 APRIL 2015.
SHE WAS SUBSEQUENTLY STRIPPED OF ALL EQUIPMENT WHICH WAS OVERHAULED AND ALTERED AS NECESSARY BEFORE TRANSFER TO THE NEW BARGE AS SEEN ABOVE.
A shot of the old barge after completion of the strip down
- she served us well
The photos to the right show how work has progressed with refurbishment of the original gantry and adaptation of the new barge. Many thanks go to Mike Street, Jim Barnes, John King and Murray Sherrell for the time and effort that they have put into this project.
THE PONTOON BOAT IS TAKEN ASHORE.
On 3 June 2015 the pontoon boat was taken ashore at South Hooe in preparation for conversion to a mooring barge.
Launch day came - Saturday 24th October 2015
Luckily a wet and windy morning cleared and it was possible to launch the newly converted mooring barge in favourable conditions. All went without a hitch as can be seen in the photos to the right.
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The Roadford pontoon boat is moved to Weir Quay on Monday 18 May 2015
The pictures to the right show the collection and loading of the pontoon boat at Roadford and its unloading and launch at Saltash public slip.
Finally the new barge fulfils her purpose
At last the Club is able to easily lift mooring blocks for inspection. The initial aim will be to lift all blocks for inspection over the next few years after which a regular inspection programme will be instigated.