Barge haul out
Barge haul out

After 7 years on the water and serving as an office and classroom for the RYA Sailing School and Solent Yacht Charter, the Commodore Yachting barge has gone for a refit. The 65 foot long steel barge was built by Commodore Yachting principal Stuart Cooper and Gareth Jones in Hamble before being moved to Gosport where it currently lies in Gosport Marina. Customers and students will know it well having visited in when chartering a yacht or taking a RYA theory course or practical sailing course. With the barge now high and dry at Endeavour Quay overlooking Gosport Marina it is business as usual at the RYA training centre with a makeshift office set up on Adelaide Star, one of the company’s Bavaria 44 charter yachts.

The refit will involve cleaning the bottom which as you can see resembles the hanging gardens of Babylon, repainting and extending the accommodation to include a second classroom and new office.  The barge should back in it’s usual spot in 2 weeks time.
 
 
 
Barge out of water
Barge out of water
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Barge in hoist
Barge in hoist