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barryfoote

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Dry dock to water in 40 minutes
« on: June 20, 2008, 12:58:16 PM »

Hi everyone,

This morning I took a little trip to the local harbour at Caleta de Velez, which is about 60 kilometers east of Malaga. I spotted work being done on this large fishing boat and decided to watch them for a while. They were finishing off the red lead below the waterline and then they lifted her from the blocks, moved her some 200 meters to the water and lowered her in. The boat reversed away before heading out to open water.

The whole thing took less than 40 minutes. I was very impressed and had a great time down there. Hope you all like the photos...

Barry
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Re: Dry dock to water in 40 minutes
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2008, 01:22:36 PM »



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Re: Dry dock to water in 40 minutes
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2008, 02:17:13 PM »

Nice photo's Barry and very interesting.   I notice they painted the propeller, which would certainly not be done on a larger vessel so wondered what was considered to be the advantages of that.  We actually polish the props every three months to keep the surfaces as smooth as possible and would certainly not normally put any sort of coating on them.
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Re: Dry dock to water in 40 minutes
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2008, 03:51:29 PM »

Bunkerbarge,


Now don't forget that great Spanish motto "manana manana", meaning tomorrow tomorrow or to be precise not at all. Painting gets done every few years.....better than polishing every three months... ;D
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Re: Dry dock to water in 40 minutes
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2008, 04:15:45 PM »

Just think as well, the QE2 once went into dry dock one morning, diembarked passengers, took on passengers and had an underwater job done in the dock and then sailed the same day!

That takes a bit of organising!!
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Re: Dry dock to water in 40 minutes
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2008, 04:38:13 PM »

The fishing boat may have a steel prop, the ones on Bunkerbarge's ship are probably gilded!  ;)
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Re: Dry dock to water in 40 minutes
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2008, 08:51:30 PM »

Nice photo's Barry and very interesting.   I notice they painted the propeller, which would certainly not be done on a larger vessel so wondered what was considered to be the advantages of that.  We actually polish the props every three months to keep the surfaces as smooth as possible and would certainly not normally put any sort of coating on them.
What size masking tape did they use?
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