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FREE BOAT CHECK FOR MOORERS

To say thank you to all our loyal moorers, we would like to offer you a free pre-season boat check...

We know the last few months have been tough as everyone has been separated from what they love the most; for some that will be friends and family and others it may be their narrowboat?

Whatever it maybe we would like to offer all of our moorers a free pre-season health check for their boat, this is to assist you in getting back to boating as soon as possible.

Aqueducts free pre-season boat check will include the following:


Bilges


A visual inspected and emptying via bilge pump*
*(Subject to no contamination being present).

Stern Gland


Assessed for drips and wear of the gland packing.

Engine


We will run up your engine to get things lubricated internally and clear the damp.
The engine oil level will be checked along with both coolant level & mixture.

Batteries


Each battery is disconnected and tested individually; our battery testing equipment uses the specification of your battery to review and score its health on a scale of 1 to 100.

At the end of the health check each boat will receive a report card, listing results for the checks undertaken; if we feel anything is required this will be listed for review or we will call you on the day should action be more urgent.

Does your boat need a little more than our free pre-season boat check?


As an engineer will already be attending to your boat, we can also offer the following additional services, some of which will be discounted;

Diesel bug testing

£20.00
Bacterial culturing is used to test if diesel bug is in your fuel system; we can now grow diesel bug in a test tube with a sample your fuel should it be contaminated!

Standard engine service

£120.00 Approx* (1hr labour + parts) Normally £180.00 Approx
Reduced in price by one hour’s labour; our standard engine service includes fuel filter, engine oil and filter replacement along with more technical checks.
*Gearbox oil, non-standard instillations and traditional engine services can also be undertaken; for more info ask a member of the team.

Traditional stern gland packing

£70.00
Traditional stern gland packing can be replaced whilst we are undertaking the free checks; if you think this need’s completing or if we advise you it looks due; you can simply add this to the visit.

Boat cleaning


We are also glad to confirm that our interior cleaners are back to work and available Monday – Saturday from next week; should you wish to have the interior of your boat cleaned before you visit for the first time after lockdown this can now be booked. Just so that you know… Our interior cleaners have changed their practices to ensure they can work in a Covid-Secure manner changing the cleaning products they use to those with virus fighting ingredients. The boat cleaning price has maintained its original standard cost of £36.00

To book any cleaning services please call or email our office on;
01270 525 040
info@aqueductmarina.co.uk

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Getting back to work

Aqueduct Marina is building a 12-18 month plan that enables the marina to operate in the ‘new normal’. Each area of the business (mooring, caravan site, café, chandlery, brokerage and boat repairs) will all have different obstacles to overcome, and it starts with getting the engineers back to work.

Following the government lockdown announcement, the marina’s engineering operation was split into two teams working on a rota basis to protect staff and reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. This, along with strict social distancing rules, worked well but after a week it became apparent that the supply chain issues meant the engineers could not continue to operate. Working with an already reduced team due to some staff having to self-isolate, the decision was made to furlough the remaining engineering team.

Staff who are placed onto the government’s furlough scheme have to be furloughed for a minimum of three weeks and the company planned to use this time to take stock and risk assess the operation in order to get staff back to work as soon as safely possible.

“Which is what we are now doing,” says Marina and Operations Director, Phil Langley.

“We looked at our engineering schedule to assess the workload and what was deliverable, we also then took into account employees’ personal situations and risk assessed who were higher and lower risk. The main reason we have chosen three team members to return at this time is because this number allows us to safely monitor and implement safe systems of work on a manageable scale.

“Now strict social distancing rules have been put in place and the engineers will be working alone. We have also closed all shared areas such as the engineers welfare building (brew room). And staff are to bring their own food and drinks which is to be consumed in isolation.

“We have new specific COVID-19 related risk assessments which has helped to reduce the risk for staff. All the engineers have their own sets of PPE which, as per normal rules, isn’t to be shared, and they have all been given hand sanitiser to use and carry around with them. Staff have been asked to wash their hands more regularly and government hand washing advice posters have been put up in the toilets. Disinfectant spray is also supplied for cleaning door handles etc. across the site and staff are encouraged to use this.

“We are extremely fortunate to have a fantastic team at the marina and all the staff have been very understanding during these times. The engineers are indeed pleased to be back at work and back to some form of normality during these uncertain times. As a leisure business we have qualified for a full rates relief, Cheshire East were very quick to implement our application. The furlough scheme was easy to apply for and paid out promptly, the bank was responsive to our request to put the loan repayments to interest only for three months.”

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