ALBURY’S Cumberoona paddlesteamer could be steaming on the Murray River this summer.
A major refurbishment of the Cumberoona is almost done, with just one major hurdle still to be cleared — a full inspection of the boat by Roads and Maritime Services in a couple of weeks.
It has not carried passengers since 2006.
Albury Council’s community and recreation director James Jenkins said much of the hull had been replaced and most of the interior painted.
“The sacrificial anodes have been installed and finishing touches are in progress,” Mr Jenkins said.
A sacrificial anode is a metal alloy with a greater “active” voltage than the hull to which it is attached.
This means the anode is consumed by corrosion in preference to the hull.
Mr Jenkins said the high river level last month had disrupted maintenance work on the boat, but its refurbishment would be completed in the next two weeks.
“It is expected that a Roads and Maritime Services representative will inspect it late this month or early next to advise us on final licensing requirements,” Mr Jenkins said.
The council will then receive a report outlining the options for the Cumberoona, probably late next month.
Mr Jenkins said the hull had cost $208,000 to replace.
That took the total spend on the project over two years to $302,000 on a budget of $320,000.
He said that covered replacing the hull, building a coffer dam around the vessel and testing and naval architect costs.
The council agreed two years ago to spend $186,000 on replacing 90 per cent of the Cumberoona’s damaged hull.
The job has been carried out by Thurgoona’s DTD Engineering.
While the Cumberoona has not operated for several years, the council has been carrying regular maintenance work, leading up to the refurbishment.
Apart from restoring the Cumberoona’s hull, the work has involved, stripping rusted and worn plates and welding on new plates.
The work on the 25-metre-long vessel has been done at a dry dock on the banks of the Wodonga Creek.