Deck & Hull
Hull and Deck Fittings
The pushing knees are 8’0” high, with their feet positioned at the appropriate projected maximum hull draft waterline. The face of the pushing knees are boxed 12” channel iron, 20.7lbs/ft, faced with push pads 2” thick X 10” wide steel backing plates. Steps and suitable handrails are present on the push knees supports for boarding high barges. Compartments not normally used as work spaces have access by means of 24” diameter flush watertight hatches.
Steel plate bulwarks 24” high are mounted across the bow and extend down each side from the bow for a distance of 10’. A second set of plate bulwarks 18” high are mounted across the stern, and extend 12’ 0” forward from the stern on both sides.
The boat is fitted with “H” configuration towing bitts. The verticals are welded through the deck, and terminate at the hull floors with a doubler plate at the deck line. They are 8” schedule 80 steel pipe, and the cross member of 2” diameter steel round bar, extending 12” beyond the verticals from the tops. The top of the bitts stand 36” above the deck and are 16” between the verticals.
The bow is also equipped with a similar set of “H” bitts. however the vertical posts are 6” schedule 80 steel pipe and the cross members are 1 ½” diameter steel round bar extending through the vertical posts 12” each side. These are welded through the deck utilizing a doubler plate and welded to the hull’s bottom frames. The tops of these bitts stand 36” above the deck and are 14” between the verticals.
A set of 8” diameter button bitts are installed at the trailing ends of the forward bulwarks.
The bow deck is fitted with a matching set of (right and left handed JR53B LH and JR53B RH) Patterson 20 Ton handwheel operated barge winches on the bow deck. Filled with a minimum of 100 feet of ½” steel center wire rope on each winch which are terminated at the midships double bitts.
Two sets of “H” are provided one p[lace athwartships on each side of the deck and as with the other bitts onboard incorporate doubler plates, penetrate the deck and protrude down the inside of the hull plating where the feet are welded solidly in place.