Help us with our Crowdfunding for Presidents Hull work and Repaint

We are attempting to raise a total of £12000, While the boiler is out of the boat for re-tubing and testing, the rest of President needs some extra attention.

What needs to be done?

  • Dry Docking: President initially needs dry docking for the elm bottoms and the hull to be inspected for damage, anything found will then have to be repaired.
  • Repainting and Sign Writing; Once the boiler has returned from having the necessary work done and is back in the cabin, the boat will then require repainting and sign writing.

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As you can see from the pictures, the paintwork is showing some serious signs of wear and is looking rather sorry for itself, this has been caused while engaging in many public events over a series of years. If left to deteriorate further it will lead to serious damage to the wood and metalwork.

We are currently putting time and effort into getting the boat back up to the standard we expect a historic boat to be kept in.
While this is under way, we will also be investigating the best maintenance procedures and schedules to keep the new paintwork in the best possible condition in addition to the regular wash downs the boat recieves while out on the canal and at the museum.

Please help us raise the money we need to get President back onto the canal looking as good as new!

You can help us by donating to our crowdfunding page here:

Or you can help us by become an FOP member and support us further in keeping both President and Kildare in top condition and out on the canal for everyone to enjoy. To find out more or become a member, please visit: