|Main Cabin Complete|
A few people need special mention, Colm Byrne, Jimmy Smith and Mick Ward all rose above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the final snags were dealt with, working late into the evenings. Soft furnishing was put in, the stove re-installed, final touches of varnish and paint and a deep cleaning was done throughout the barge.
I opted for a Sani-Marine electric toilet. While they are a bit more expensive than other brands, they are comfortable with simple one touch flush controls. They also have a automatic shut down sensor that detects when the waste holding tank is full, and are fairly straight forward to service if required. It draws a controlled amount of flush water directly from the on-board fresh water tank which makes them clean, efficient and has the look and feel of a toilet that you may find in a house.
|45 HP Lister Petter engine|
The exterior was repainted with International Marine paint. We brought her up to the Naas line on the canal under the motorway bridge which serves as an excellent painting tunnel! New fenders were added and the vessel is looking good inside and out.
The renovation over the past few months took more time and money than originally planned, but the result is worth it. The barge is like new and has plenty of years left in it for cruise hire on the Grand Canal. Lots of people helped bring the vision to reality, so a big thanks to Vinny, Ray, Jimmy, Carolina, Margaret, Mick, Colm, Brian, Chalkie, Anne and all who have supported the project in Sallins and beyond. Keep an eye out for The Amo if you are along the Grand Canal in Co. Kildare.
|The Amo Barge|