Sally Sails

My adventures as first mate Sally renovating and living on barge Number 10 with captain Dan
~ Wednesday, April 18 ~


I have set up this blog to document the renovation project of barge Number10 and my coming aboard onto the project full time.

Number 10 is an ex commercial cargo barge, built in 1958 to work as a coal carrying vessel. She was bought by Dan as a dumb barge with no engine, steering, gearbox, roof or wheelhouse. She is 85ft in length and 17.5ft beam…a big girl with a BIG personality! 

Dan has done all the considerable structural work on number 10 since purchasing her 3 years ago, and this blog is from my perspective but will include some photographs and posts showing how much has been done by Dan since she was bought, to bring you up to speed.

I have set up this blog so that mine and Dan’s friends and family can keep up to date with the progression of the renovation, which will no doubt be a slow one; we are in no rush :) and also so that we can connect with others who are doing or have done similar projects.

I will be posting what we are currently working on with pictures and how successful our methods are and what products we have used to good effect.

Let it be known at this point that my knowledge in regards to specifics is limited..extremely…but my enthusiasm is limitless!

Below is a picture of Number 10 taken last week at Gunthorpe Lock where we are currently undergoing some steering repairs. 

More to follow


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