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Naming a narrowboat

If I buy a used narrowboat, and don't like it's name how easy is it to change it?

Asked by: Steve  | Friday 26 February, 12.12pm | 3 answers


battery water

could you please explain why my battery water is dark brown to black.I found this when i did a hydrometer test.also thanks for your last info on batteries.

Asked by: mick turner  | Thursday 25 February, 10.57am | 3 answers


What are the problems involved in extending an existing 12v lighting circuit?

The existing centre lights in my 57ft narrow boat are inadequate for reading/food preparation and I would like to fit perhaps up to six spotlights in the galley and main cabin area on the cabin walls.
I was thinking of breaking into the existing wiring system through the centre lights and running wires across the under side of the roof and down the cabin sides using brown plastic mini-trunking (as an alternative to trying to get under the roof and cabin wall linings).
Do you have any advice as to whether this is practical (and safe) and how best the spur system should be wired into the existing circuit?
It occurs to me that many people probably want to add additional lights and this might be a good topic for an article in WW.

Asked by: John Burt  | Sunday 21 February, 1.26pm | 3 answers


how good are axiom propellers

thinkinking of purchasing a axiom prop for my 58ft narrow boat

Asked by: michael deacon  | Sunday 21 February, 12.47pm | 1 answer


engine wont start

Went to start our boat today 1st time in 2 weeks and the engine turns over but wont fire Never had a problem before, seems plenty of life in Battery as tied for about 1 min 3times
checked fuel its ok
engine is a 2 cyl thornycroft (mitubshi) 1991
Any ideas what to try next

Asked by: Jim Bratt  | Saturday 20 February, 8.16pm | 4 answers


Identification of boat builder

Last year a friend saw a narrow boat on the Shroppie, I think it was called Thursdays Child. The boat featured tiller steering and internal wheel steering. Does anyone know who built this boat please.

Asked by: Tom Brady  | Saturday 20 February, 12.17pm | 7 answers


battery banks

I read so many ideas about battery banks and also told 5 110amp leisure is the maximum what is this the reason for this

Asked by: mick turner  | Thursday 18 February, 4.36pm | 3 answers


Problems with old engine/gearbox

We are very fortunate in that friends lend us their dutch barge, built 1925, which is based in France. The problem is that occasionally when putting the long gear lever into the neutral position there is a short delay before the change takes place in the gearbox. This can be awkward when manoevering into locks. The engine is a Kromhout 52 hp 3TS117 diesel fitted in 1960.
Regards.
David Bowker

Asked by: David Bowker  | Monday 15 February, 2.23pm | 4 answers


Using Generator as electric hook up problem.

I have purchased a Generator (Clarke FG3000/2.8kva), to use via my elctric hook up socket. On the boat i have a sterling iverter/charger(1600watts) which the hook up passes through and the inverter automatically recognises if it's the engine charging the batteries or whether it's on the hook up.
My problem is that when i connect the gen to the inverter it switches to "shoreline power and fast charge" for about 10-20 seconds and then switches off to drawing power straight from the batteries and then back to "shoreline power" and so forth, when it switches to "shoreline" you can hear the gen go under load and then off, in time with the inverter. Do i need to buy a special generator for use with the inverter ?
The generator does run 230volt appliances if plugged directly into it and powers them fine, it only plays up when i try to use it as my shoreline power.
I don't like to run my engine every day to charge my batteries and use the inverter for my 230 volt equipment, which is why i have bought the generator. Thanks for taking the time to read this and all advice is gratefully received. Lee.

Asked by: Lee Farrell  | Sunday 14 February, 7.25pm | 3 answers


Invertors

Can anyone help me decide the best way forward with invertors. I was looking at a victron invertor 12/3000/120-16 at around £2k, however someone mentioned in passing that getting small invertors which would connect to each plug socket would be 1) less draining on the battery power as these large victron actually use lots of power, and 2) would work out a lot cheaper as you can pick the small invertors up for around £20 each.
I have got quite confused about it all and would be grateful for any advice or ideas.
Cheers
Pippa

Asked by: pippa wood  | Saturday 13 February, 3.32pm | 2 answers


Instant water heaters

I'm looking at buying a boat which only has a calorifier which is no good as there are days when work means I won't be able to run the engine. I was told that as the boat was built in 2005 I can't fit an instant water heater but I can't find any info in the boat safety guidelines indicating that this is true. Can anyone confirm or deny? Thanks

Asked by: Jenni McCalman  | Saturday 13 February, 2.11pm | 5 answers


Maximum dimensions on The Broads

I have enjoyed boating on The Broads and the recent article in WW but have been unable to discover the maximum recommended dimensions for the smaller cuts. E.g. both Catfield Dyke and Waxham new cut have signs warning that they are only suitable for smaller boats but was size is a smaller boat?

Asked by: Simon Barber  | Friday 12 February, 6.43pm | 1 answer


electrical quieries

i see adverts for tvs and travel sat which seem exspensive is it not possible to use say a normal say 22" flat screen tv and my hd skybox on a boat without a genni or bieng hooked up to a landline would an inverter not do the job

Asked by: Mike Phipps  | Wednesday 10 February, 5.01pm | 8 answers


Jump starting a narrowboat engine

If the starter battery is flat, will connecting the deep discharge domestic battery bank to the starter battery and starting the engine cause damage to the domestic battery bank?

Asked by: Colin Wilks  | Monday 8 February, 12.53pm | 6 answers


Domestic water leakage.

I have recently noticed my water tank suddenly losing alot of water over a period of three days after being filled up. There is no leak between the stop tap and pump, and after isolating the tank by switching off the stop tap, there is no no leak from the tank, so I drew the conclusion it was a pipe work leak, but, however, when the pump was switched back on, it only runs when I actually put a tap on.
I get some water in the bilge, but it doesn't seem enough to have come from the tank considering how much it goes down. The boat is 55 feet long. Is it possible to have a leak on the pipe work without it triggering the pump? It is a 12 volt automatic ShurFlo pump. None of my taps are leaking, so I'm well baffled. Any suggestions?

Asked by: Sean  | Saturday 6 February, 1.04pm | 3 answers


Frost damage in Paloma Water heater

Hi our relatives Paloma water heater has sustained some frost damamge during the severe cold spell. The hole is easily accessible so are there any quick and simple ways of repairing it?

Asked by: Sharron Watson  | Friday 5 February, 2.48pm | 3 answers


mooring spikes

what were the details of the robust mooring spikes recommended in the November 2009 magazine?

Asked by: jenny tyte  | Thursday 4 February, 2.32pm | 1 answer


Long term narrow boat hire

What's the best way to hire a narrow boat for 2 - 3 months?

Asked by: Liz Galliver  | Tuesday 2 February, 8.34pm | 1 answer


NARROWBOAT BIX

anybody out there-what happened to narrowboat BIX after the Bryces finished navigating the system for many years-did the piano stay on board

Asked by: gaz bee  | Sunday 31 January, 6.29pm | 3 answers


heating

can u tell me what the best way to heat a wide beam is best type of heating the square footage is 592

Asked by: sindy  | Friday 29 January, 7.29pm | 1 answer

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