Anybody driving down Sandy Lane in Chester in mid-January may have had quite a shock upon seeing our three passenger boats parked in the car park on terra firma by the River Dee.
You will be pleased to hear this was not a tragic consequence of recent flooding in the area but our scheduled bi-annual maintenance program.
The fleet were lifted out of the water by an enormous hydraulic crane on Monday 11th of January. Thankfully this first day passed without a hitch thanks to the fantastic team at Ainscough Crane Hire.
We then began working hard on a range of tasks including re-painting of the bilges and engine bays, replacing the propeller shafts, cleaning up the rudders and most importantly adding a lick of paint where required.
We than had the first stage of our inspections by the Maritime Coastguard Agency; the out of water inspection of all three vessels. All aspects of the boat that sit beneath the water usually are inspected including the propellers and rudders, the bow thrusters and then all spaces beneath decks, known as the bilges. All three boats passed these inspections with flying colours,
The team worked incredibly hard, including our Managing Director Raquel who kept us well-fuelled with delicious homemade soups, sandwiches and all manner of delights every lunchtime.
Ainscough Crane Hire then returned to lift each boat back into the River Dee for us and again did a fantastic job.
We have since had the running trials inspection for the Mark Twain and Lady Diana and these are both now back in service, ready for our great value Valentine’s Weekend Deal.
The Jackie is having a further re-fit internally with a new bar being fitted and new engine and generator. We hope to welcome you aboard for a cruise some time soon so that you can see how much hard work has gone into sprucing up the fleet this winter……….