Barge transfer procedure with description is shown below. For full size drawings, please click here.
SHEET 1 AND 2
Prior to launch, the new barge is resting on cradles , with scaffolding in place (the deck of which will be about 6" above the water at the predicted high tide) on the new barge to facilitate controlling the houseboat as it is floated above the new barge.
The new barge has been submerged at a location where the predicted range between high and low tides provides enough water above the lowest end of the submerged barge for the houseboat to be floated above, with an absolute minimum of 6" clearance.
The houseboat has been floated all of the way on, and after several hours the tide has fallen below the lowest end of the new barge and the pumps started.
SHEET 5 AND 6
Houseboat on new barge afloat, scaffolding removed, ready to be towed back to it's berth, where it will be secured, and all services and utilities reconnected.