Photos: Brian Simmons Top: On the slipway Above: Pressure washing the hull
Work has started in Ramsgate with hull cleaning the first job and a detailed assessment of the other areas where work is expected to be needed. Inevitably, some new concerns were raised and the scope of the work required has increased - followed closely by the expected cost! We are also commissioning some extra work that can be done more safely while the vessel is out of the water in a controlled environment.
Our main objective is a hull repaint and maintenance. The protective anodes need to be checked and the paddle wheels will be grit-blasted and repainted. The window frames will be re-varnished and the deck rails and stanchions replaced where necessary and sealed against the weather.
It is like taking your car to the garage for what you think is a simple fix and the mechanic does that sharp intake of breath! The difference here is that with a ship there tend to be more zeroes on the wrong end on the numbers. This will have some impact on our reserves and donations or sponsorship towards the costs would be very helpful.