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.

Houseboat garden?

imageSaw this at Chelsea Flower Show. Posting here as inspiration for the boat. Next stop, researching plants, sourcing recycled containers and pots, and assembling an automated watering system.