Spirit is currently undergoing a complete refit, and will be accessible for use by disabled persons or those who have need of a wheelchair. She’ll have hydraulic lifts at the front and rear, a fully-flat and open-plan interior, a reconditioned engine and all-new electrics and plumbing.
If you have any skills like plumbing, woodwork, painting, or, in fact, are one of those rare people who can turn their hand to anything, please help us. Just get in touch.
Below are some pictures of here in her original green colour, before we repainted the exterior. The inside, as you can see, has been completely gutted, and new flooring is being installed.
This is Spirit as she used to look, in green:
Being an accessible boat, she has powered lifts at the front and rear to make moving around easier for those in wheelchairs. The refit will also ensure that the internal aspects of the boat are wide enough to access with a wheelchair.
There was a small handover party, when she was officially handed over from the Hillingdon Partnership Trust to HNA in 2013, with Professor Heinz Woolff.
There’s still a little to be done with Spirit, but work is well underway, and she should be ready to return to service very soon.