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VAT on Narrowboats

Hello - I am just wondering if anyone has come across zero-rating a newbuild narrowboat as a primary residence?
Any help much appreaciated.
Thank you

Asked by: Amanda Grandison  | Thursday 23 September, 9.29pm | 1 answer


Difference between a houseboat and a narrow boat.

Can anyone describe for me the difference between a houseboat and a narrowboat? Is it just that anything which isn't a narrowboat and can be residential is a houseboat or is it more complicated than that?

Asked by: Corrine Shimmon  | Thursday 23 September, 4.06pm | 1 answer


Auto battery top up

Is there a system that I could install to automatically top up my 5 wet cell batteries. The batteries have to be unconnected and lifted out from their normal position to test them and top them up and then of course reconnect them

Asked by: colin  | Thursday 23 September, 12.00am | 2 answers


Axiom Propellers

Has anyone had one fitted to a narrow boat? If you have what do you think of it and do you think it is worth the extra money they cost?
David Lindsay

Asked by: D A LINDSAY  | Tuesday 21 September, 7.22pm | 2 answers


Single-handed practice

I aim to buy a narrowboat in the next couple of years and will be doing a lot of single-handed cruising. How can I get single-handed cruising practice before I make the big financial commitment? Hire companies seem to want a minimum crew of two.

Asked by: Alan Jones  | Saturday 18 September, 7.47pm | 2 answers


earth bonding on board

hi,
I've recently bought a boat, which has a stirling 1800w inverter and a landline/inverter changover switch. Its got a current BSS (May) had it done when I bought the boat. how can I check the mains earth/neutral are bonded to the hull correctly. I've no reason to think there's a problem, but I'd like to satisfy myself. Other than paying for and downloading the BMEA code of practice, which I'm loathe to do at its not cheap! I've not been able to find any accurate description of exactly how the bonding should be done. I'm a fairly competent with electrics generally.
thanks
Jon

Asked by: Jon A  | Thursday 16 September, 5.25pm | 2 answers


inverters

after connecting the shoreline while the inverter was also connected the result is a ruined inverter can anybody advise on a 3 way switch so it does not happen again
thanks Bruce

Asked by: bruce  | Thursday 16 September, 5.07pm | 2 answers


interim engine servicing for a syndicate boat ...

Hi,
Firstly my apologies for such a long question!! :0$
After many years of being supported and reliant on recommendations of a recently demised boatshare company, we as a syndicate find ourselves having to find out what really IS needed and what in all honestly isnt needed in keeping our boat afloat without many too hitches along the way.
Our boat (which has an 1.8l BMC engine) has a high usage and I guess on average the engine gets 6-7 hours daily usage.
My question is, just how often should we give the engine a 'preventative' mini service?
Previously we have always been told that the engine should have a mini 'turn-around' service each time the boat returns to base, but at about £35+ a time, this seems a little excessive to me!! (my 2.0l diesel car which works at higher revs but probably only 4 hours a days doesnt get as much attention!!)
So in all honestly just how often should we be looking at having this done?
many thanks in advance.

Asked by: 0ldbloke  | Monday 13 September, 1.11pm | 2 answers


anodes

is it necessary to remove old anodes when renewing part worn ones

Asked by: bruce  | Friday 10 September, 9.50pm | 2 answers


re steel on hull

iv looked at a barge and been told its had to have the bottom and up to water line re steeled with 6mm steel ive seen all paperwork and it was done profesionally the boat is 26yrs old but in very good condition do i need to be concerned the boat has all reciepts for all work done in the last 7 years thats how long the couple owned it for and they have gone for a bigger boat

Asked by: sgpinder  | Friday 10 September, 8.33pm | 1 answer


want liecense for river/canels were do we get

new narrowboat we need river/canal liecens were do we get it.

Asked by: hedley muff  | Friday 10 September, 7.15pm | 1 answer


Boat purchase

Hi
I am looking to purchase a narrowboat and am going to look at one which is almost complete. Dialogue with the builder, Evolution Boats, indicates that we would have the option to make some alterations and bespoke finishes however I am unsure about, if we decided to go ahead with a purchase, what would be reasonable in terms of deposit as a show of good faith and final payments whilst safeguarding my finances.
I have purchased a narrowboat before through a broker, but this was only after a couple 'experiences' with perhaps questionable private vendors. I am aware of (but have no experience in) purchasing a bespoke boat and the basics of a British Marine Federation contract but this does not seem to apply in this situation. Can you please advise how to make a safe purchase.
Many thanks

Asked by: Andy Hunter  | Tuesday 7 September, 9.25pm | 1 answer


heating

if i buy a 55/65ft narrow boat,to be lived on, roughly how much would it cost to have central heating fitted, and which system would work best.i will be on a marina with 230 hook up

Asked by: henchy3rd  | Friday 3 September, 9.35pm | 1 answer


New Magazine

Hi im trying to find your new magazine?,that was supposed to be out on sale from the 27th Auguest. It is called The Barge Guide,Boating and living afloat. I already asked at my local whsmith and i didn't find it in the free program from the weekend show till we got home.
Thankyou for your time.

Asked by: sally jones  | Wednesday 1 September, 7.51pm | 3 answers


size?

ive never been on the cut before(only at the crick boat show)and for only about 10min or so)thing is ive seen and i like a 70ft ex working narrowboat that ive seen on the web,,my question is!! how limited am i to cruise and how far can i go on the canal network with a 70fter? i know the size resricts where i can go but by how much? I will be traveling on my own until my kids help out but until then im on my own should i be lookin for something smaller.. IS a70fter a bit big for a novice? or should i say """" it and go for it and see what happens and enjoy??

Asked by: Mark  | Thursday 26 August, 12.47am | 4 answers


DESIGNING A CANALBOAT

Is there anybody that will actually design a widebeam canalboat given a rough layout that one can then take to possible builders. Preferably at a reasonable price!!.

Asked by: PAUL BROWNETT  | Saturday 21 August, 11.05pm | 3 answers


new engine

Is it to soon to put a new canalline engine plus in my new build or would it be wise to go for an established engine like beta

Asked by: riverbank3  | Friday 20 August, 9.23pm | 1 answer


paint job??

what does it cost to repaint and blacken(sides AND bottom) a 60ft narrow boat? diy or pro inc extras but please be kind as on a sort of budget

Asked by: Mark  | Monday 16 August, 10.10pm | 3 answers


Is it worth replacing the wooden top of my narrow boat with a steel one and if so could you recommend anybody?

I currently own a 59ft narrowboat built in 1984 by the Uxbridge Boat Centre with a steel hull and a wood and fibreglass top. The wood and fibre glass has significantly deteriorated and I am looking at replacing it with a steel top. I have virtually no experience of narrow boat building and was hoping someone could advise me on best course of action.
I have recently had the boat surveyed and it does require some overplating (the report states that "potentially the immersed hull side plating and counterplate should be overplated as it is anticipated that the internal surfaces of this plating will be significantly corroded" but this could only be fully determined with a full internal inspection which could not be carried out. Also the top of the starboard swim plating needs overplating otherwise the rest of the hull seems in reasonable condition).
Is it worth putting a steel top on this hull? And if so could anybody make any recommendations. The boat is currently on the Kennet and Avon but is heading toward London although I would happily head up to the Midlands if a reasonably priced steel fabricator was recommended.
Thanks in advance for any replies.

Asked by: gareth939  | Monday 16 August, 5.45pm | 3 answers


m & m boat builders

This is my boat maker, there is a little brass plaque in the sturn. Does anyone have any info please on this builder, Also is there anyone with a boat made by them.Anita

Asked by: ANITA  | Sunday 15 August, 1.47pm | 2 answers

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