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Up to 40 BW workboats seeking ‘good homes’

British Waterways is disposing of 40 redundant working boats from around the network. The boats include dredgers, tugs, weedcutters and general hoppers, many of them in poor condition – or even sunk – and most would require a considerable amount of work just to get floating or through a boat safety certificate.  It is possible some could end up as scrap.  

Three of the boats for sale are 20ft tugs in the ‘Bird’ class – Plover, Bittern and Heron.  All three of these tugs are fitted with Lister HR 2 engines and Blackstone gearboxes, and at least two of the tugs have boat safety certificates valid until 2013. 

A list of the boats and terms can be seen on Waterscape, at http://www.waterscape.com/features-and-articles/news/3300/sale-of-craft-to-societies-and-trusts 

Before any public auction takes place, BW wants to see if the boats might find a free ‘good home’ amongst waterways societies, restoration groups or museums. Expressions of interest should be emailed to Michael Carrington (mick.carrington@britishwaterways.co.uk) by April 6th 2012.

These are not craft for the dilettante. BW warns: “Any organisation will need to take over ownership of the vessel and should note that some of the craft are regarded as ‘life expired’ by BW for routine waterway maintenance works. Consequently, maintenance of these craft can run into several thousands of pounds each year.”

Thursday 15 March  | Andrew Denny  | 1.21pm, Thursday 15 March 2012

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