You can’t fight a tide


The Zeelands Luister restoration project has been pushed back three weeks.

We’ve a summer programme of works planned including: hull sandblasting; anode replacement; steel work to restore the 100 year old barge to its traditional design; and painting.

It’s a once in a 10 year project, and then some.

We had planned to head down the River Thames from Greenland Dock on a falling tide at around 2am on 11 May, to Turks Shipyard in Chatham, Kent.

The project has been in the works since November. The date has been pushed back to 30 May because of project over runs in the dock.

It’s proved to be a significant planning challenge. We’ve had to rebook a river pilot, surveyor, project manager, and accommodation.

Without exception everyone has been accommodating and understanding. People are used to moving at the pace of the river.

You can’t fight a tide.

Windlass overhaul

IMG_20170407_100908 (1)New parts for the anchor windlass engine. It’s located at the front of the boat in the stern and lifts the anchor. The engine is having a complete overhaul and we’re replacing filters and the petrol tank

Dropping anchor

unnamedAn intensive programme of work is underway to restore the anchor and windlass. It’s stiff after not being used for at least five years.

We’re removing the top plate to gain access to the engine and gearbox. It’ll be replaced with a newly fabricated steel plate that can be removed for servicing.

A programme of tender loving care will follow. The diesel engine needs servicing and the gears easing and greasing. The fuel tank will be removed and cleaned.

Once work is complete we’ll get a canvas cover made to prevent water ingress.

This is part of a programme of work to get Zeelands Luister river worthy by May. She’s heading to dry dock to have the hull checked and some fabrication work on the main deck and cabin.