|Rust proofing the Navigation light pods||New radiator and steps down to stern cabin|
One of the important things about buying a barge for France is that the official 'standard' bridge height or 'air draft' (distance between water surface & underside of Bridge) is 3.5 metres. It's therefore VERY important that the highest part of your barge is less than this figure. Unfortunately there are exceptions to the 'standard' because not all bridges have horizontal spans! Some are arched as on the Canal du Midi. Your barge's air draft is therefore a VERY important consideration. Barge Nilaya's navigation lights had originally been fitted to the top of her wheelhouse giving her an air draft of 3.45m. This was a little too close to the maximum, so I decided to relocate them to the side of the wheelhouse instead. This improved my 'air draft' by just 12cm but it was enough. Or so I thought... I then continued work by fitting two new central heating radiators, did lots of plumbing, more wiring and after an almost complete re lining, partially finished yet another small part of my barge.