is the engine controller for the 2 V-P engines, a
rather important item on ones barge build shopping list except
Hydrosta (the Dutch hydraulics supplier) forgot to
specify it until Frits the Dutch electrician queried how the Klipper was
meant to work? A sack-full of Euros later, Hydrosta supplied this
controller that electronically operates either or both engines from the
The remote controller on the right enables the navigator to roam from the wheelhouse whilst controlling the ship, simplifying lock-work and aiding sun-deck socialising.
|Keeping the period feel to this barge is an all consuming passion with the design team... Not too retro, just enough to make this timeless craft look like it was made of 'solid-stuff' from, times-gone-by. This is reflected in these stainless (brass not available ;-) dash-board switches & buttons which control all the navigation and main ship's control equipment.|
|The exterior of JENAL has 4 main navigation lamps, the two on the left are the Port & Starboard lights. These are Dutch marine lamps and they depict the words 'Bakboord' & 'Stuurboord' perhaps, to ease confusion should the renowned Dutch boy take his finger out of the Dyke to place these aboard a passing barge?|
This huge beauty on the left is the stern light placed at the extreme backend of the vessel to indicate where the barge starts, if you happen upon it. Like all the lamps we have here, they were sourced on eBay and are made from copper & brass. All now 240 volt.
Period boaters and fire-engine owners share a passion for Frances spot-lamps. These British made chrome-over-brass lamps are d'rigueur as an assistance in searching a night-time forward path or mooring. Also useful when negotiating dark maritime tunnels. This one is a 9 inch version and 24 volt.
The lamp on the left is a fairly unusual and modern addition to a barge but luckily it will only been seen by the fish. There are 2 on JENAL and they are flush-mounted at the base of the hull and are used for illuminating below the waterline to aid bank side mooring, for example.
The horns on the left are 24 volt two-tone items and originally destined for a large truck, they should assist us in clearing a path or getting noticed in fog!
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