Life at the end of the road

December 4, 2008

The food may be awesome but!

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:06 pm

Me, I am not of the computer age and this blog buissiness only started a year ago when no one bought me a diary for Christmas. The result being that things quite often go pear shaped in the IT department and my stay at the most excellent http://www.victoriahotelbute.com/ has been no exception. Whilst everything about it is first class, the wireless broadband is pants, or at least it is for me so after dozens of lost connections and ‘limited or no connectivity’ messages I’ve given up on it and plugged in my mobile dongle thingy, this means less and even worse pics so I’m sorry! Anyway after a hearty breakfast it was off to http://www.ardmaleishboatbuilding.co.uk/ and the Loch Striven.

Loch Striven, aft ramp

Loch Striven, aft ramp

Work was going well with 1 main engine stripped for survey, 1 generator likewise, the hull all prepped for painting which was well underway and two of the ‘Voith unit’ blades changed.

Aft Voith blades

Aft Voith blades

Actually that pic’s from yesterday but I ran out of time and patience yesterday with this wireless network!

Aft Voith unit

Aft Voith unit

And here’s the bit on the inside. Me I spent the day helping the nice man from http://www.axiomndt.co.uk/ doing hull and deck thickness readings with his very fancy ultrasonic thingy. Followed by a spot of anchor work

Aft anchor

Aft anchor

and of course plenty of painting! and now at the ungodly hour of 9:00pm I’m off to bed 🙂

Friday 5:30am

The only trouble with going to bed at 9:00pm is that I’m wide awake at 5:00 😦 the up side being that I found a great interactive video thing that shows how the ‘Voith Schneider’ propeller works

http://www.voithturbo.de/vt_en_pua_marine_vspropeller.htm

The ‘Loch class’ have one at each end diagonally opposite making them extremely seaworthy and maneuverable. Though steering with them takes a little getting used to, the loch’s  Striven, Linnhe, and Riddon have a system like the video with two wheels but some of the other vessel’s use joy sticks.

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