The refit of the bow, and the various smaller welding projects
were to take place while we were IN the water!
So, when we were “sprung” from the “pit” (read: put back in the water)
we moved around to the basin for the “BIG” commercial boats.
We were one of the smallest boats in this yard. The majority of the ships they worked on were anywhere from 67 to 85
meters in length. We chuckled when the owners of the big guys would pass by and comment that we had “a pretty little
boat”. The first photo shows you the relationship of JoLi's size to the others in this basin. You have a better idea in the
second photo where you see JoLi' on the right corner and the 90m barge on the slipway.
Read details below photos:
We were finally going to be able to have the bow of the barge completely remodeled. Since we bought JoLi' the high out
of proportion bow was awkward and an eyesore for us. Joe had drawn a string of the new design on the bow while we
were in the "pit" . Tony, our welder, spent every day of 2 1/2 weeks executing the most incredible metamorphosis. I
think the easiest thing to do is just run the slide show of the process and read the captions. At first Tony thought he
could work from the deck, but after a few days of back breaking work, he craned scaffolding into the water on which he
placed wooden planks to provide easier access.
Overview of process: One side was completed at a time. chalk line was traced for new form, old steel side was cut
off, old bollards were cut off, new side piece of steel was bent and welded in place, new shape was cut with
grinder, new caping was bent and welded to the top, new larger bollards were fabricated, table (box) for bollards
was designed, cut, bent and welded, primer applied, and the same process was repeated on the other side. Two and a
half weeks later he finished and boy were we pleased with the transformation. The new bow gives a so much more
spacious feeling to the foredeck. We're both super happy with the result! If you’re a boater, you know that this is quite a
At the last minute we realized that we ended up having enough funds in our yard "kitty" to replace the roof of our
wheelhouse. Vankerkoven was well known for their wheelhouse roofs from the simple like ours to the high-tech
hydraulic ones. Our roof had started cracking and leaking a few years ago, but we never imagined we'd have the funds
in our yard kitty to replace it. Read about the roof replacement project in Part IV.