Sunday 16 February 2014

Jam Butty - the latest

Jam Butty
February 2014

I dropped into Stretton Wharf recently to have a quick look at Montgomery, and see how things are progressing.

Delivery is planned for May and work is progressing slowly but steadily. In the last few weeks they have been fabricating the bows. Whilst progress has not been rapid the quality of their work is great - always exceeding my expectations.

The front counter is coming on really well and instead of a simple flat deck it is being crafted with some lovely curving lines.

On the sides the areas of rust under the subbing strakes has been removed, filled and the strakes all welded back on again. All in all it looks very smooth and even - the strakes have retained their worn edges, ground away on countless BCN bridge holes and wharfs.


Halfie said...

All very exciting! Will you be able to tow single-handed, or will you always need a steerer on the butty?

Andy Tidy said...

Halfie - yes single handing is the plan. The elum is massive - was made for a full length butty so if its locked straight ahead it should follow straight behind without any steerer. Sharp turns will be tricky but by using cross straps one side can be released and allow me to jack knife.I am sure it will slow us a bit - but we are not in any hurry!