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.
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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Words and photos: Les Heath