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New to this so any advise please would be really appreciated. Has anyone used a prity w12pm wood burner 4+12kw and would it be to big for a 57ft
Many thanks

Asked by: ladyt  | Tuesday 7 August, 9.55pm | 4 answers

Water Pump on its Way Out?

Recently our water pump has started making different noises from usual: possibly a bit more gurgly and sometimes seems to run on sightly more than expected after the tap is closed. Although we have had the boat for 11 years, I have no idea if we have an accumulator. There are two mysterious boxes on the hull-side under each side of the pullman dinnette. Should we be buying a new pump at the earliest opportunity? We've had three pumps whist we've had the boat so at that rate we we might be due another one.

Asked by: Clive Dutson  | Tuesday 7 August, 1.54pm | 3 answers

Engine vibrations

The engine in my narrowboat, a 3 cylinder Thornicroft 60 on oil filled mounts, is fine when on tickover, but as engine speed increases it starts to vibrate until between 800 and 1000 rpm the vibration of the engine is quite violent. Then at 1100 rpm the vibration stops and doesn't reoccur at higher revs. This has occurred over the last year, before which it ran smoothly at all engine speeds . Any suggestions as to a likely cause. The mounts are about 15 years old.

Asked by: Ian Burns  | Tuesday 31 July, 11.17pm | 2 answers

Blacking over vinyl tar

I found out recently that coal tar products are being banned from January 2019 and my narrowboat was blacked with Rylards Vinyl Tar from new last year and I understand that this product is coal tar based. I've also heard that bituminous blacking doesn't adhere to vinyl tar, so I was wondering which blacking I can use when the time comes, and for touching up any scrapes?
Many thanks

Asked by: Raymond Fowler  | Monday 30 July, 5.01am | 1 answer

Looking fior washer dryer

We are having a boat built. Need to decide on washer /dryer with depth available 540. Have you any suggestions as to a washer dryer? To consider amongst other things; can it do a separate wash cycle and separate dry cycle? Noise? Dimensions? Amount of water used? Quick wash cycle?

Asked by: Di Greasley  | Thursday 26 July, 4.17pm | 1 answer

Narrowboat hull

I am looking to purchase a narrowboat in the near future, and would like to know the Pro's and Con's of a 'Deep V hull'. are there any restrictions concerning depth of certain canals, locks etc. Also boat handling. Thank you.
M Haskins

Asked by: marc haskins  | Monday 23 July, 8.27pm | 4 answers


What size fuse from battery to solar battery controller 60amp

Asked by: Mick malton  | Monday 23 July, 6.38pm | 3 answers

Northern ring plaque

Dear Waterways World,
I wonder if you can help me. In your Annual magazine you publish an article that describes all the recognised cruising rings. We are currently doing the 'big northern ring' and really enjoying it. We like to collect the commemorative brass plaques as we complete such challenges and display them on our boat. However, we cannot find a plaque to represent this cruising ring.
As you describe this ring in your magazine I wonder if you can you advise me where to find a plaque or advise who makes them so I can ask them if they have any available?
Yours sincerely
Heather dawes.

Asked by: Robert Cowling   | Monday 23 July, 3.30pm | 1 answer

Dometic fridge

I was told you can re-gas a Dometic fridge - it is a small one that runs off of 12 /24 volt and gas. Can anyone advise me please on the procedure and who in London might undertake the work?

Asked by: Judy Head  | Thursday 5 July, 4.23pm | 1 answer

Changing antifreeze

I have a Beta 43 with keel cooling and calorifier circuit. I want to change the antifreeze and would like to know the best way of doing it. I would like to flush the system through once drained before refilling with fresh antifreeze mix. Do I need to remove the hoses for the skin tank and the calorifier from the engine in order to flush with fresh water or can I flush without doing that? Many thanks

Asked by: Raymond Fowler  | Thursday 5 July, 7.48am | 2 answers

Hot Water from the calorifia circulating in engine

Hi i have noticed when the immersion heater is switched on for some time but the engine not running the engine block gets warm, will this be detrimental to the engine,

Asked by: doug  | Wednesday 27 June, 8.39am | 5 answers

Engine size

Thinking of buying a smaller, 30 - 40 foot steel narrowboat. Will be moored and used on rivers. Advice please on best engine size for river cruising.

Asked by: Paul Taylor  | Saturday 23 June, 4.28pm | 3 answers

Windlass dimensions

I am looking at the ships fitter engineering a personalised windlass for me. The only dimensions that I am missing are the precise tapered mm slots that he will need to drill out which are needed for the mechanical or hydraulic gearing on the canal system. Thank you.

Asked by: michael Hawkins  | Friday 22 June, 6.27pm | 6 answers

roof hatch

I hear that you have to be very careful in installing a roof hatch due to condensation. I was wondering what is out there that has been proven not to drip water/condensation. The boat is to have a full paint job this summer and am looking at placing a hatch of 500cm x 500cm if I hear of a hatch that does not drip!.

Asked by: michael Hawkins  | Friday 22 June, 5.27pm | 4 answers

Propshaft and couplings

I have a Trentcraft 26. Front cockpit, front engine with a 5 metre propshaft running in the keel. The shaft is in two pieces and the rigid joint is loose. Can I replace it with a single shaft? Or is 5m too unwieldy? Also need new flex coupling and bearings - there are three in the keel between gearbox and sterntube. Two are noisy one has been castrated (it has no balls). Might fit new engine mounts too and Aquadrive? Recommendations and suggestions please.

Asked by: Phil Thane  | Friday 15 June, 2.12pm | 2 answers

Gas queries

Gas changeover valves with opso now have pol connectors on the hoses but my tanks are m20. Can I just use my old hoses? Otherwise the only changeovers I can find are ROI.
Also, Does nobody make a 15mm bubble tester? Seems rather dtupid to have to reduce from 15mm to 10mm then back up to 15

Asked by: Doug Ashby  | Monday 11 June, 10.08pm | 1 answer

Watermota fuel consumption

Hi anyone any idea of average/typical fuel consumption of my Watermota sea wolf, 1100CC crossflow petrolengine.

Asked by: laurence  | Thursday 7 June, 6.15pm | 3 answers

New Engine Mountings

We have had new engine mountings fitted to our Lister Canal Star Engine (LPWS4) in our 55ft cruiser stern narrowboat. The mountings are of a different design to those fitted previously which are apparently no longer available. Although the engine looks as steady as rock, there are vibrations in the boat which we didn't experience previously. These are very wearing except at very and very high speeds. The bow door stays now rattle whereas the bow-deck was previously area of complete tranquillity.
I wondered if the prop was misaligned but the boatyards says not and in any event the flexible coupling would compensate for any minor misalignment. The suggestion is that they will bed-in or they could be replaced with some different ones. Any suggestions as to how this issue would be best solved?

Asked by: Clive Dutson  | Sunday 27 May, 11.24am | 4 answers

Pullman dinette plans

Does anyone know where we can find plans for a Pullman dinette?

Asked by: Susan  | Friday 18 May, 10.58pm | 3 answers

Mooring ropes

Hi, can you recommend the best type of rope, and thickness, for a 20 meter barge on a river side mooring. Thanks

Asked by: Izabella  | Monday 7 May, 11.40am | 1 answer

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