My blogger pals, Val and Mel, expressed an interest in our engine. So here it is in all its glory. It is a reconditioned Slanzi engine, 42hp, air cooled, Italian made and was installed by the film company that hired the barge, along with the rudder and helm. Apparently it only had clocked up 100 hours, but we cannot confirm that. All we know is that everytime Pete goes to start it up, it always jumps in to action immediately. When Pete sailed the barge down from Ipswich to Tollesbury the engine performed beautifully, though Billy spent the whole trip in the engine room to ensure it ran smoothly (mind you it was the warmest place on the barge in early November, so he wasn't daft volunteering for that job). I am hoping that Mel can add some more technical details now he has seen it. The engine room is actually quite large and the engine looks a little lost in the middle, but there is plenty of room for Pete to store more of his stuff.
I dropped in that little bit about the film company and I ought to explain. Before we bought it and mucked around with the barge, it was hired by a film company to use in a film called 'Young Adam' starring Ewan Mcgregor and Tilda Swinton. The film was a 'film noir' based around life on a working barge. It was a very dark and intense film but there are some good shots of Ewan's bottom! Of course we had to buy the DVD because it starred our barge, but I can't say it is the best film I have ever seen.