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Generation change 20 Oct 2021 10:00 #126392

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Looks good, I might fit mine next time we're out of the water. :)

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Generation change 19 Oct 2021 19:18 #126379

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It makes a massive difference, about 17% more trust.... But there is a couple of catches you need to know about.

1. you need a new prop made from a very special metal mix
2. you need to build 2 tunnels to "feed" the nozzle

Here is a picture of the one we did last week
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Generation change 19 Oct 2021 18:46 #126378

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Hi Frank,

Sounds like you work on bigger stuff than us, we are 7-11m mainly ( www.hippersons.co.uk ).

The kort nozzle sounds interesting, I bought one on ebay a few years ago after a couple of glasses of wine, but have yet to fit it to our barge. Have you found they've made much difference?

Simon

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Generation change 19 Oct 2021 16:03 #126372

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Hello Simon,
so you have a shipyard as well. I work with a shipyard in Klaipeda (I live there for some time now). We have built around 15 new bottoms for commercial barges over the last few years. Last week we installed a Kort nozzel with a new prop. and a new tunnel (ship tuning if you like).

We built a new bottom for a 20 meter traditional barge 2 years ago. Took us a week. The big ships more like 5-6 weeks.

We recondition engines and generators as well. My next project is a car crane for Einigkeit

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Frank
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Generation change 19 Oct 2021 14:16 #126369

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Hi Frank,

Glad you are still around, I enjoyed your posts from a few years ago, you have a good turn of phrase. If I recall correctly didn't you take up commercial barging as a career-change? I hope someone will take up the challenge, I went through a similar process when we bought a run down boatyard 7 years ago, mainly to get a mooring for our barge. After a lot of work and catching up on deferred maintenance we have a more viable business.

Love to see your story in Blue Flag one day.

All the best,

Simon

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Generation change 19 Oct 2021 11:00 #126365

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Well, call me reckless, but starting with 62 meters is just what I did if you leave out my beach catamaran....

Every bend in the river was an adventure with my old steering wheel, nobody else took that long to enter a lock.

With an auto pilot, any 5 year old can drive the ship now, just tell the computer which way you want to go
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Generation change 19 Oct 2021 10:41 #126361

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I imagine that the most likely buyer will be someone presently working a smaller ship who wants something larger - it would be unlikely that someone with little or no previous experience would leap right in with a 62m ship. Was that how you came to buy it in 2005?

Tam

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Generation change 19 Oct 2021 10:30 #126360

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yes, you have the right mmsi number. The other Einigkeit belongs to a friend and is 4 x the size...

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Generation change 19 Oct 2021 09:25 #126355

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Hi Frank

An interesting proposal, however, like you many members we are retired and not looking at a new career change, my Admiral read your post on Social Media, and said loudly, one word, NO.

There are other changes that will effect the possibility of British citizen being able to work in Europe. Even with us being legally resident in France we are not permitted to work in other EU states, only visit another for 90 days in 180. Note I haven't mentioned the B word.

I hope that you find a younger couple to take on your business.

Good luck
Paul Hayes

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Generation change 19 Oct 2021 07:45 #126353

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Hi Colin,
90 % of our trips are animal feed from Fürstenwalde (east of Berlin) to the north west of Germany ( Bremen, Bremerhaven, Oldenburg, Haren, Lingen). On the way back to Fürstewalde we take sojapellets from Brake.

Having a cargo both ways makes the operation more profitable....

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Generation change 18 Oct 2021 14:53 #126336

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Frank,

As Colin says, an interesting story...and an interesting proposition. But not for me. The charter barge business my wife, Bobbie, and I ran on our ship, La Chouette, for 25 years has come to an end with the cancer that took my dear darling from me in late July.

Our story of how, in 1992, we converted a 32 metre commercial luxemotor (1934) into a 30 metre one (to go through certain French locks) and replaced the bottom but with only 7mm steel not the 12mm you used on Einigkeit (Unity). I put the name of your ship in Google and came up with a couple of ships with one being predominant. Is your MMSI 277188200?

Maybe you could post a couple of pictures here or on your 'Members Boats' page.

Good luck with your search for a successor.

Bob

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Generation change 17 Oct 2021 16:41 #126321

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Fascinating story and history, Frank.
What route(s) do travel now and what sort of cargoes??

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Generation change 17 Oct 2021 16:15 #126320

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Barges last a lot longer then people generally. Unlike sea going vessels, they rarely are subjected to salt water, but the main reason for their long life is the constant repair and upgrading work done by the owners.

My barge started life as a wreck (bomb damage) of a harbour barge in Hamburg. There war no accommodation, no engine, no electricity. The first owner built a wooden hut on the stern and spend the next few years moving coal between the Ruhr valley and Berlin, being pulled with some more barges by a tug boat. Whenever he saved up some money, he would make the vessel a little longer, starting with 32 meters and finishing at 62 meters. 1955 he invested in a wheelhouse, an engine and accommodation. It started to look like a barge around this time. A stronger engine and a bow thruster was added around 1965. A new bottom with 12mm was put in 1985.

I took over the ship in 2005 and did not stop investing either. Hydraulic rudder, autopilot, box cooler for starters. Later in 2018 a new engine, fresh water tank, electric rewire, transformer, 2 generator sets and a radar.

And yes, all of this cost money (approx. €350000) but all paid for with the freight earnings. There was even a little money left for a few holidays.

I am 66 years old now. Time to think of handing the ship on to the next generation. I am still fit enough to provide the necessary training. So if there is anybody out there wanting to try, I would like to hear from you. Our experience has shown that a husband and wife teem (and/or equivalent) works best on a barge.

The ship is popular in the business, we had always more business than we can cope with.

Is there a downside? Yup, get used to social contacts restricted to Skype or phone, and working between 60 and 100 hours per week....
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