|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.|
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
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!
|Drive-on Crane or Excavator|
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 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.
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.
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.