Little Johns Marine Service

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Updated October 6, 2009

Hi All

Now that we know that our plan is working, we can share the details of our MYSTERY PROJECT.

In todays world of bigger, wider, and heavier boats, the folks at PORT CHARLES MARINA are
gearing up, and as always, making your experience there as pleasant and safe as possible.

This is where our project comes in.
Our goal is to widen, and reinforce the travel lift pit.

First, our truck and all of our cutting and welding equipment was loaded on a flat top work barge.
Next, the barge, and our equipment was lowered 12 to 15 feet down to the bottom of the pit.
This is where the majority of work in our project would be done.

One beam at a time, we cut, narrowed, and welded them back in place.
We had to do this one beam at a time, due to the fact that we had to keep the strength in the well.
If you look at the pictures, you will see that we were cutting apart what was holding the lift, the barge,
AND US.

Also keep in mind, that these beams are 24 in deep, 10 in. wide, and 3/4 in thick.
Each piece that we cut weighed approx. 1000 lb.
If something slips, you dont just pinch your finger, YOU PROBABLY LOSE YOUR ARM.

INTERESTING CHALENGE???????????????

Now, lets talk about safety, not just a challenge.
1 one beam is only a fraction of the strength of the well
2 Paul at Port Charles, has excellent lifting equipment, and VERY skilled operators.
3 each piece was secured in at least two places, as we did our work
4 If something went wrong, and I fell in, the water in the bottom is only 2 to 3 feet deep
The only negative is that the water is COLD, and VERY VERY WET

Our project is going nicely, and we should be done this week.
Hopefully, this may give insight to many that really dont know what goes on behind the scenes.

The next time you drive into Port Charles, or any of the other nice marinas that we are so lucky to
have in our area, look a little closer at what they all do to make our life a little better.

Little John

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