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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Accessorizing Your Barge/Scow

Does this make my butt look big?

The older I get, the more I like the idea of utilitarianism.
I think that I am not a trend driven person. 
I really believe in keeping your canvas very basic and sort of adding the accoutrements from there. 
I look for creating intrigue through creating outfits through accessories.

- Erin Wasson



Accessorizing Your Barge/Scow


Barges (aka Scows) aren't generally known for their looks. But as our friend says, "If you can't hide it, decorate it!"

And there are so many fun possibilities. We start with the fundamentals - cleats, bollards, anchor gear, fenders (tires give that salty feel). 

After that, imagination is the only limit to creativity. Below are but some of the many possibilities!


SCOWZER scowzing along.
Sail

One of my favorite accessories. I mean, beautiful, and they turn our slab into a vessel that can make its own way in the world!


Jabba the Hutt understands Accessories!

The Barge from Crete
By Peter McIntyre


























An abandoned barge flying this accessory (the improvised sail) carried 137 escaping soldiers from Crete to Egypt in WWII.



















Stiff Leg Derrick Barge
from SeaPort ModelWorks


Cranes

One of the fun things to do with barges is to pick up heavy stuff!

Cranes come in all sizes and shapes.

Be careful... they harness big forces that can sometimes get away from us!




 
Mast Derrick


 
A-Frame Raft



 
Drive-on Crane or Excavator


Legs
Legs

Legs let a barge prop itself level as the tide drops. To use, nose up to a shoreline, drop afterlegs to the bottom and pin in place.







 

 
Jack-Up Barge

Jack-Up Barges are a specialized leg that lets the barge hull lift itself clear of the water.












 
Cute li'l Spud Barge

 Spuds are temporary piling-like legs, dropped into shallow, soft bottom to anchor a barge. Often, they'll be used as a holdfast for heavy pulling.









Landing/Loading Gates
Photo from Robert Raymond's Family Ancestry Pages



Landing / Loading Gates

These drop down to allow access from beach or dock level.

Is this guy romantic, or what??












See a lot of these in SE Alaska

This type loading ramp is usually raised and lowered via common trailer winches for cable or webbing.







Note the bent boom in the bow loader to the right. These often sport a PTO (Power Take-Off) for pulling crab pots, and the like.


















The WaterPod




















And So On...
 
This one is a 'sculptural living design' incorporating onboard power and water generation, as well as organic gardening.


*****

The possibilities are endless! 

A barge or scow can be compared to a blank page. Rectangular, and prepared to receive the projection of our minds. A work barge, a party scow, a home, a vessel.

You decide!

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