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Satellite mobile

Hi can you please help with issue date for magazine giving information regarding satellite phone as we are looking to buy one which will give the best signal available in case of emergencies and we remember reading it in one of the Waterways Magazine. Many thanks

Asked by: Helen Bennett  | Thursday 5 May, 9.09pm | 1 answer

water pump does not stop

I have a pressurised water system which recently the motor keeps on 'pumping' even when the water is not used. No leaks noted! occasionally the pressure relief valve opens and discharges water overboard. Currently switching pump on when needed suggestions welcome

Asked by: Chris Raine  | Monday 2 May, 10.29pm | 2 answers

Fixing Corrosion

Fixing A; Brass Roof Vents to Steel Roof.
B; Steel Hinge to Aluminium Engine Cover.
Your Advice please

Asked by: Michael Clement  | Wednesday 27 April, 2.57pm | 3 answers

gearbox oil

Can anyone tell me what the correct gearbox oil I should put in my gardner
2uc gearbox, it is the original gearbox built with the engine in 1934.

Asked by: andy wakler  | Tuesday 26 April, 4.58pm | 1 answer

Painting narrowboat

Why is it recommended to add a thinner to top coat when painting a narrowboat?

Asked by: Dave Snarey  | Monday 11 April, 3.27pm | 2 answers

the broads connections

can i sail from the broads to other waterways?

Asked by: edward jones  | Monday 4 April, 6.48pm | 3 answers

Discovered a very weak spot under in my bilge . . .

Can your recommend a good epoxy to use on my bilge until i can get her out of the water? there is a very weak rust spot which cant be bunged by wood and I just want to temporarily sort her out!

Asked by: Khameelah  | Tuesday 29 March, 7.04pm | 1 answer

black mills boats

does anyone know who and where Black mills narrow boat builders where and any info on the boats they built

Asked by: peter lewis  | Monday 28 March, 11.56am | no answers yet - add one

Lockgate Stove Service

Hello, I have a Lockgate Sorensen Diesel Stove and i'm looking to get a service as, I think the regulator may have a problem. Does anyone know of an engineer who covers the South East? -Or a marina that would service, in the Lea/Stort area.
Many thanks - Mark

Asked by: Mark  | Friday 25 March, 10.28pm | no answers yet - add one

Tachometer fault

I have a Siemens VDO tachometer with engine hours counter. It's a KI "W" Inductive, N02 012 165 (168). The unit stopped working some time ago. The rev counter is firmly fixed at zero, although the pointer does twitch a little when the ignition switch is turned. The hours display is there but is flashing & has been stuck on 1213.2 for about 40 hours. I have checked the "W" connection at the alternator & at the tacho; both readings are about 7.5 volts. Also, the 12volt supply to the unit seems to be ok. The unit has what appears to be a "reset" button. Pressing it had the same effect as turning off the ignition &, after a few seconds, things returned to how they were. Everything else on the instrument panel is functioning normally. The engine is an Isuzu. Any ideas please?

Asked by: chrissy  | Wednesday 23 March, 8.52pm | 1 answer

Boat Painting

Very interesting to read Graham Booth's article in March WW, though I had always understood that paint should be backed off from bottom to top. My question concerns the use of lacquer instead of varnish: would it work to use a lacquer such as Incralac or an automotive one used over metallic paint?

Asked by: Peter McLaren  | Saturday 19 March, 11.28am | 2 answers

safety certificate

2 questions first do I have to have a bubble tester for the gas test and what are the filter requirements for engine bay bilge pump if the engine has its own section boxed in .

Asked by: mick turner  | Tuesday 15 March, 2.17pm | 3 answers


As I have asked one or two questions lately, people might guess that I am in the middle of having a boat built.
This months question is the boat is going to be a 60ft narrow beam with a bow thruster a 3.5Kv generator driven by the engine. Engine choices are a 45hp shire or a 43hp beta. It will be a liveaboard and so will be used a lot so reliability and running costs are the main thing to consider plus noise levels

Asked by: Tom Grocott  | Sunday 13 March, 5.52pm | 2 answers

Jumping energy monitor

Follow-up to R Smedley's answer in WW March 2016. My batteries dropped to 75% after several days moored up. However despite long cruising days the batteries did not charge beyond 86% as shown on my Mastervolt combi charger. Back at my marina the mains hook-up quickly took the batteries up to 100%. Testing comparative charging rates in the marina shows higher charging rate on the engine than on the mains hook up. What was going wrong with the charging while we were cruising?

Asked by: Colin Davis  | Thursday 10 March, 4.03pm | 1 answer

Fuel Contamination Advice

I have recently suffered fuel contamination, presumably by water. Following research on-line I added a dose of Aquasolve to the tank which was about half full. Following the additive instructions I then topped up the tank with fresh fuel. When I re-started the engine it smoked, spluttered and died. I drained a milky white substance from the drain plug on my fuel filter so I pumped out fuel from the bottom of the tank. A large amount of a milky white 'emulsion' sank below a pink cloudy quantity of fuel in the plastic container. (photo available) How has this happened? What is the white emulsion? Advice please. Many Thanks.

Asked by: Eamonn Hallmark  | Wednesday 9 March, 12.38pm | 1 answer

Hi Guys

Guys silly question but not much info online about this. Is it possible to reach Chester from London on a wide-beam canal boat,rivers included. i'm not new to sailing but very new to the canals and rivers of the united kingdom.

Asked by: rayray  | Wednesday 9 March, 9.07am | 2 answers

Sailaway fit out

I have been told I can't fit out my sailaway on the C&RT site where we moor. I can't see anything in the T&Cs about this is this correct?

Asked by: Dawn Randall  | Thursday 3 March, 11.00am | 2 answers

size of water pump

what size water pump would you recommendd for a 60' nb driving the usual resources and how does plumbing a second pump into the system work

Asked by: james edge  | Monday 29 February, 10.27am | 2 answers

Alde boiler servicing

Does anyone know of a good gas safe engineer who can service and Alde Boiler (Comfort 2928) on a nb moored in central London? Thanks

Asked by: John Coughlan  | Wednesday 24 February, 9.47am | 3 answers

Stove Fan.

Hello, Why should I pay over £160 for a stove fan when some are available for just under £80. Obviously the more expensive one maybe slightly better but I feel us boaters are ripped off with anything we wish to buy.
Thanks in advance.

Asked by: Trevor Smith  | Friday 19 February, 10.27am | 3 answers

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