THE Canal & River Trust’s Standedge Tunnel trip boats have undergone an extensive refit in Debdale Wharf Marina’s workshops ready for the 2016 season. Starting on April 9, the newly refurbished boats will once again begin plying the country’s longest and arguably most famous canal tunnel.
“One of the main reasons we won the CRT contract was down to our exclusive molten zinc coating technology,” explained Steve Denison, Debdale’s marina manager.
“All four vessels (two tugs and two passenger craft) were grit blasted in our dedicated facility and the hulls treated with molten zinc and two-pack epoxy paint. The end result is a protective coating that shouldn’t require further attention for at least the next 10 years.
As well as the hull treatment, we carried out a complete refurbishment, which included everything from new roof-lights to non-slip deck coatings, ultra-bright LED tunnel lights and even new hinges, locks and handles for the hatches. The disabled lifts and motors were all serviced at the same time.”
Once back at their base, the electrically powered craft will provide regular, family friendly guided trips through the 3.5 mile long tunnel under the Pennines. Running every other Saturday throughout the season, the trips start at the Standedge Exhibition Centre at Marsden in the morning, travelling to Diggle and returning in the afternoon. Spaces are limited and booking is essential if you want to guarantee a place – call 01484 844298 for more information.