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Asked by: dan chester | Monday 19 November, 9.56pm | 1 answer
We have a narrow boat but have no shore power at the present time. We are having solar panel fitted soon however the starter battery is quite often dead when we go to start it. I am looking at buying a portable battery starter pack to attach and start the engine battery. As a novice to boating I would like to know if these are powerful enough to start the engine battery. We have recently had new battery but have not been to the boat for a while.
Asked by: MARK HURRY | Saturday 17 November, 12.30pm | 3 answers
where can i get my 24 ton boat lifted on to a lorry around south yorkshire
Asked by: miles halls | Friday 16 November, 11.00am | 1 answer
Can anyone tell me if it is possible to navigate from the Cheshire/Manchester area to my home town on the river stort?
I will be buying a boat next year to live aboard and there is not much choice in my home area but plenty in the midlands, if I could buy there and be sure I could navigate down to the lee/stort I would save on haulage and the trip would be much more fun. Also there is the question of size limitation, I would like to get a boat of around 57' x 10' but I believe that there are some narrow canals in places on the way so a wide beam may be the wrong choice for me. If anyone has made this trip or just parts of it and can help I would much appreciate some advice.
Asked by: Carole | Sunday 11 November, 9.24am | 3 answers
Hi, sorry about the summery I have just noticed that! Moveng swiflty.
We are looking to buy our first live aboard boat and amungst other things I'm not sire which would be the best type of toilet to go for, i.e. Casste, porta potty or pump out? In addithion I would add that we do have another problem to considder as my partner suffers from IBS and as such will be using the toilet more often than most.
Thankyou for any advice.
Asked by: Carole | Saturday 10 November, 9.36pm | 1 answer
I have recently been revisiting an article in your December 2009 issue regarding earthing boats, and isolation transformers.
My boat has a domestic bank of two 110Ah batteries and uses an inverter for supplying onboard 240V. Could you please tell me if a mains operated battery charger (from shore power supply) to directly charge the domestic battery bank can be regarded as an isolation transformer, both from the safety point of view and also from the electrolytic corrosion point of view. I take it there would need to be a shield between primary and secondary windings. Is a standard automotive charger likely to have this or some special marine version required.
Many thanks for your help.
Asked by: paul rawson | Thursday 8 November, 11.34pm | 1 answer
I have tried to build the stove fan as per your article, but after waiting 3 mnths for a TEC1 12709 from China The unit saturates at a high temp. The TEC only ever achieves an output of approx. 1volt is this correct. I have tried several different motors but there seems to be insufficient airflow to maintain a temperature difference across the TEC.The device is thermally glued to a heat sink.
Asked by: Dave | Wednesday 7 November, 9.48am | 1 answer
I have 4 leisure batteries and 1 starter battery all wet cell. They are all 4 yearys old and in good condition, will recharge within 5 hours when cruising.
I have a 4 stage victron 60 amp charger which is connected to 230volt mains when in the marina. I do not use my boat from November to April so should,I leave my batteries on charge throughtout this period or should I take them of charge now and then,I always visit the boat about three times during this period of none use and could alternate the charging periods.
Asked by: David Anderson | Tuesday 6 November, 8.26pm | 1 answer
Any tips on how I winterise this. Antifreeze in the s-bend ( like the shower). Do I disconnect water hose?
Any advice appreciated.
Asked by: peter osullivan | Tuesday 6 November, 8.15pm | 2 answers
I have a Kelvin J3 with an non-pressurised, skin tank cooling system. There's a header tank on the engine-room bulkhead, about a gallon capacity, with a removable lid. Normally the tank is about half full when cold and about three-quarters when hot. Recently the coolant level has been increasing when check cold on successive mornings during boating and after a few days eventually overflows when hot. The domestic water system has a twin coil calorifier, one fed from the engine and one from the Alde. The boat is 20 years old and the tank has a strap on jacket, not a foam-sprayed one. My suspicion is that the engine heating coil in the tank is failing and that domestic water in the tank is getting into the engine circuit when the domestic pump is operating. I can't think how else additional water is getting introduced into the engine cooling system. Would this concur with your view, or can you think of anything else that would cause this symptom. Regards Colin
Asked by: Colin Bigmore | Monday 5 November, 9.51am | 3 answers
I sometimes get an electic shock from my light switches and today from the brass door handle from my front door. I have a 12v system with inverter. Any ideas as to what mightbe wrong?
Asked by: Chris Marriott | Sunday 4 November, 5.47pm | 2 answers
The hour meter display on my Isuzu panel is unreliable but does sometimes show the hours run, especially after running for a few hours. I have heard that this is a common problem with Isuzu panels. Any ideas on a fix, apart from fitting a separate hour meter?
Asked by: David Fearns | Friday 2 November, 10.07pm | 3 answers
Can I add an anti freeze to my narrowboat water tank
Asked by: Peter Allan | Thursday 1 November, 12.07pm | 1 answer
We were going north through Saddington Tunnel the other day and as I was approaching the entrance with my tunnel light on I could see an approaching boat's tunnel light, although the boat looked like it was some way off actually entering the tunnel. The light appeared to go off for a while and then came back on. I wondered if this was down to a bend or moored boats at their end of the tunnel, or were they just testing their light?
We met about 200 yards from their end. There is plenty of room for two narrowboats to pass, but we both slowed down and I said hello as we did so. Their reply was to greet me pleasantly but also to complain mildly "but you didn't acknowledge us, and we weren't sure if you were a boat".
I said "oh sorry" automatically, but then thought what else they imagined I might have been.
Saddington has the narrow locks at Foxton plus the lock free Market Harborough arm to its south and the start of the wide locks to the north at Kibworth Top Lock. Since I would assume that a wide beam going through Saddington needs liaison with CRT to book a passage I'm not sure what they hoped to achieve by my flashing my tunnel light at them, which is presumably what they had expected me to do.
Asked by: Colin Wilks | Wednesday 31 October, 5.06pm | 2 answers
I am replacing the silencer box on my BMC 1.8 engine with an identical 15 inch standard box from Midland Chandlers. Does it matter which way round the silencer is fitted? The new silencer can be fitted either way round,but at one end there appears to be holes in the internal pipework of the box. Many thanks
Asked by: Peter Heath | Tuesday 30 October, 9.08pm | 1 answer
does the tiller have to angled I want to put a bike rack on the back of a cruiser, can the tiller be straightened without any compromising steering.
Asked by: Peter Wright | Sunday 28 October, 9.51pm | 1 answer
I have been looking for information, without much success, regarding the weight of anchor/length and weight of chain/length and size of warp for a 60ft narrowboat going from Worcester to Gloucester in November. Any practical guidance would be appreciated, especially tips for stowing such a heavy object. Would it affect the trim if kept in the cratch? Thanks in advance, Alan
Asked by: Alan Denney | Monday 22 October, 8.22pm | 1 answer
Can anyone recommend the best fridge for livaboard without shorepower so something economical. I dont have a huge budget but if i can find the name of the best models i may try to find a second hand one. Thanks.
Asked by: Jo | Monday 22 October, 7.36pm | 3 answers
i am about to purchase a 55ft narrow boat and my mooring does not have a hook up i plan to live a board what is the best silent generator to use
would be grateful for any advise.
Asked by: tracie white | Saturday 20 October, 2.39pm | 2 answers
Has anybody written a guide to taking a canal boat to france?
Asked by: chris bones | Wednesday 17 October, 11.55am | 2 answers