BOATERS moored around Nottingham, the Upper Trent and the River Soar will soon have a new floating service boat providing all their fuel requirements.
Experienced boater Howard Williams bought the ex-GUCC working boat Hampstead three years ago and has been preparing for his new venture for some time.
While at Sileby Mill on the River Soar, Howard ordered a steel diesel tank to be made by Stowfledge engineers adjacent to his mooring.
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The tank was carefully craned into Hampstead in February and Howard is hoping to start his first fuel run in April.
The venture, to be known as Ecofuel Boat, marks a new chapter in the life of Hampstead, a Large Woolwich built in 1937.
Howard explained: “I am hoping to provide a service from the centre of Nottingham, along Beeston Cut and the River Trent, on to the Trent & Mersey to Shardlow and also up the River Soar.”
Apart from diesel, logs and smokeless fuel Howard hopes to provide eco fuel, made from olive stones and fruit stones, plus a range of boating products.
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