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who paints boats in 2 pack paint

in common with a lot of boats my recent repaint has failed this winter with water blistering. I conclude that 2 pack paint is the only paint worth putting on the boat. So is there a painter that can srip to bare metal and paint in 2 pack?

Asked by: Ian Evans  | Thursday 1 April, 4.51pm | 1 answer


Query about Grand Junction Mileposts

Last year someone wrote a letter regarding an unusual stone mile post at Fenny lock. The expert replied that these were the original mile post giving distances to the Thames and that he thought there was another a Grove Lock (which is true). Recent hedging work near Church Lock appears to have revealed another one all the writing is no longer visible. However it is less than a mile from the one at Grove so was it originally sited on the lockside? If so perhaps I could persuade BW to return it to it's orginal home.

Asked by: Graham Bishop  | Wednesday 31 March, 12.20pm | no answers yet - add one


boating events

am i right in believing there is some kind of boat event around coventry easter weekend ie. somone mentioned coventry basin

Asked by: Mike Phipps  | Monday 29 March, 9.54pm | 2 answers


Supplementary Pure Sine Wave Inverter

Richard Fairhurst recently recommended that I should buy 12v pure-sine inverter (Sterling's 200W model) to run my Apple MacBook (in addition to my existing quasi sine wave inverter). Richard - I hope this isn't a silly question, but, how would I connect it - directly to the domestic batteries or could it be daisy chained somehow into the existing system?

Asked by: Mike Brown  | Saturday 27 March, 9.39pm | 2 answers


Topping up batteries - difficult

There is insufficient head room above my batteries for me to see the acid level to top them up with water. I currently check the level with a shortened transparent biro case - dip it in the chamber - finger on top - lift the tube to check the level. I have calibrated the biro tube which has a mark to indicate the required level. However, even this method is difficult when topping up at the back of the battery chamber. Does anyone know of a gadget that will give me a direct readout - perhaps with a float to indicate the level? Does one of the battery manufacturers sells one? The ideal would be a device that is inserted into the battery that gives a readout of acid level and also has a water tube attached to enable me to add distilled water? I have tried to invent a device, but the difficulty so far has been getting something to float on the acid surface to indicate its level. Any thoughts?

Asked by: Philip Dale  | Thursday 25 March, 5.49pm | 4 answers


What are typical bow up angles for 58ft narrow boats?

Most boats have bow up angles. I have a 58ft trad, reverse set-up (galley at back), narrowboat. What should be the normal bow up angle range be.

Asked by: David Jones  | Thursday 25 March, 4.01pm | 1 answer


link

what happened to the proposed Bedford-Milton Keynes link.Was the idea stopped or is it going to happen

Asked by: gaz bee  | Thursday 25 March, 2.48pm | 2 answers


Section 8

I'm looking for a cheap as chips boat,any ideas were section 8 narrowboats end up,and what is the direction and advice into obtaining such a craft.

Asked by: gaz bee  | Thursday 25 March, 2.43pm | 1 answer


compressor driven air horn

In April's edition on sound sinals there is a picture of an air horn. Have you details of make and where obtainable from please?

Asked by: David Brixey  | Wednesday 24 March, 7.02pm | 1 answer


Narrow Boat interior

During the summer i had my narrow boat saloon re lined with oak faced ply boards.It looked very nice with a gloss finish.
I have today visited my boat after the three month had elapsed since the work was carried out and was depressed to find that some areas of the board had gone almost black in colour on the port side only.one area was under a window
Has anyone experienced this and can the board be sanded down to remove the discolouration or perhaps sanded down and stained .Would be interested to know the cause and how to first repair the damege and then to prevent a reccurence

Asked by: edward Connolly  | Tuesday 23 March, 7.07pm | 4 answers


supliers of solar panels

have you a list of supliers of solar panels suitable for narrow boat use

Asked by: D A LINDSAY  | Tuesday 23 March, 8.59am | 3 answers


Batteries - 6 Volt or 12 Volt?

I am looking into replacing my battery bank of 4 x 135 AH lead acid batteries. Someone has recommended that 6 volt batteries provide better performance and have a longer life. Are two pairs of 6 volt batteries in series, connected together in parallel a better bet than four 12 volt batteries in parallel? The boat has Sterling charge controllers for both shore power and alternators.

Asked by: Colin Wilks  | Tuesday 23 March, 7.09am | 1 answer


advice on problematic water tank in new boat sought

My husband and I bought a new boat in December 2009. We understand it was completed in August 2009. It has a steel water tank. Water from the tank is brown, we have drained it several times, and there seems to be rust present. The cap is also rusty. Engineers from the boat company are coming to examine the tank and advise on action: probably to repaint. We are not happy with the situation, and would welcome some advice. Would repainting be an adequate solution? Should we get an independent survey for advice, and should we ask for compensation? Yours, Pauline Cheeseman

Asked by: pauline cheeseman  | Monday 22 March, 2.32pm | 1 answer


Sterns

I am familiar with "trad" and "cruiser" sterns. What is a "semi-trad" stern like?

Asked by: A. J. Curtis  | Friday 19 March, 4.50pm | 2 answers


diesel-electric propulsion

Where can I find out about diesel-electric propulsion? I am contemplating a newbuild narrowboat and wonder if the diesel engine could be in the bow so there is little sound in the stern with an electric drive.

Asked by: A. J. Curtis  | Friday 19 March, 4.07pm | 4 answers


Renting canal boats

Hello,
Do you know of any where that rents narrow boats long term? Cant find ANY! Looking to rent for one maybe two years.
Many thanks

Asked by: natasha  | Wednesday 17 March, 8.13pm | 1 answer


Quasi-Sine Wave/Apple MacBook

I have a Quasi-Sine Wave Inverter on board. Having recently bought an Apple MacBook, I would like some advice:
1. Can I run the MacBook via the Inverter supply.
2. If not - can I fully charge the MacBook battery without damaging it?
3. Is it possible to run a MacBook directly of the 12 volt supply (possibly using some kind of adaplor)?
Any advise would be appreciated.
Mike Brown

Asked by: Mike Brown  | Monday 15 March, 12.29pm | 10 answers


registeration

can you re-register a boats registered name to a new name, how and at what cost

Asked by: paul paintin  | Saturday 13 March, 3.54pm | 1 answer


seal for life batteries or top up type

having had 3 110amp per hour batteries on my boat for the last 5 years. I feel they have lasted well being helped by a good battery management and solar panel charging system. However this last year I feel the bateries have started to fail. Due to positioning of batteries it is quite a problem to top them up. Sealed for life batteries seem a good idea but will they cope with the marine charging system and can you explain how they can be maintained in tip top condition if they are sealed, can I expect them to last at least as long as my top up ones have.

Asked by: adrian hambleton  | Friday 12 March, 7.27pm | 1 answer


Waterproofing windows

Several of my anodised aluminium square windows and portholes are leaking, so I am planning to remove and reseal them. Do you have any tips on how to do this, especially what is the best sealer? Is bathroom silicon sealer suitable? I understand that you unscrew the window from the outside so that the outer and inner parts of the window then separate? Many thanks.

Asked by: Philip Dale  | Friday 12 March, 11.35am | 4 answers

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