Wednesday, April 2, 2008

BARGE WORK

This is my summer job. It's for Jim Wright's custom docks. He makes docks' sells docks, and delivers docks. Along with other water recreation things.


What you see in this picture is a boat lift being lifted by Jim and his barge. A boat lift sets in the watter all summer. You drive you're boat in it and lift the boat straight up out of the water when not in use. Before winter the boat lift has to be taken out of the water and put on shore. And in the spring it has to be taken off shore and be put back in the water.
That's whats going here. It takes two people, One to run the Craine, and one to do the hooking and unhooking. We also deliver these boat lifts and other things that will fit on the barge which is twelve feet by forty feet, so its big enough to carry quit a bit.
For the most part it's enjoyable work. Some times its long boat rides on sunny days. But sometimes its Four foot waves breaking on the deck, and freezing rain with a crust of ice on everything. Theirs a lot of hard work in the spring and fall . We will be starting as soon as most of the ice is off the lake. Then we'll be extremely busy for about two weeks, then it will level off for the summer. But in the fall we'll be extremely busy again for about three weeks or until every thing is out of the water for the winter. Then we can take the barge out of the water severs it and park it tell spring, then we'll start all over again.

4 comments:

Bec said...

well sounds kinda laborous so not something I'd want to do but at least you'll get a great tan!

MN Mom said...

I love when he`s working the barge, it`s almost like he`s a deadliest catch fisherman. Except he does`nt ever catch anything hahaha

sulli said...

How do you ride that in four foot waves without falling off!?! That is precisely the reason I dont do boats...

Jettie said...

It sounds like the next A&E show for sure!!