RCR under pressure

13 Mar 2017
RCR is under mounting pressure due to badly maintained boats

RCR is under mounting pressure due to badly maintained boats

An explosion in live aboards, particularly in London, is putting pressure on businesses servicing the boats, with the standard and condition of the craft causing frustration for engineers.

That’s the finding of River Canal Rescue (RCR) that says it is receiving a high level of call-outs to poorly maintained boats.

“The vessels have had negligible maintenance or if work has been undertaken, there are so many modifications, repairs are likely to be expensive,” said RCR MD, Stephanie Horton.

 We are expected to undertake all repairs or do a ‘quick patch-up’ job but this is not always possible as it depends on how many systems – ie fuel, cooling, drive or water - are affected.”

Some of the key issues for RCR include boats being used as cheap accommodation and not maintained as they should be plus the lack of permanent moorings meaning the boats have to move every two weeks.

In addition, says Ms Horton, there is a lack of qualified engineers in London that is causing people to try cheap solutions, often resulting in more expensive repairs

She added: “Each of our five engineers serving London has to attend some 300 call-outs per year, which is a high proportion for such a small area.”    

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