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DIY Series

Is there a chance that you might include a DIY project to replace a window with a pair of side doors on a narrow boat. Have I seen a mention of a DIY replacement on offer?

Asked by: Nigel James  | Wednesday 13 January, 1.45pm | 2 answers

Droitwich Canals

Are these canals now open, making a link between the Worcester and Birmingham and the River Severn. If not is an opening date planned?

Asked by: Nigel Scott  | Tuesday 12 January, 2.08pm | 3 answers

Cruise guides - where can I get one

In his highly informative article 'No crew? No problem', Peter Fellows' advises having a cruising guide to hand. I am new to the River Ouse (Yorks} and am keen to know where I can get one for this river.

Asked by: Glenn Green  | Sunday 3 January, 12.23pm | 2 answers

Make of battery charger

I can not find an old article (in WW mag) about 5-6 months ago where a type and make of battery charger was recomended for keeping all batteries charged at correct level. It included automatic cut-off and would then re-charge as batteries depleted. It is used when hooked up to a shoreline. To be a bit clearer, my need is to keep the batteries in good condition over winter when the boat is not used very much,hope you can help.

Asked by: Geoff Tomblin  | Tuesday 29 December, 3.34pm | 2 answers

Why not charge fridge battery on engine start alternator?

I understand you do not agree with charging fridge batteries from the engine start battery alternator via a split charge relay. Could you please explain your objection?

Asked by: david townsend  | Monday 28 December, 8.17pm | 4 answers

1.5 BMC engine PRM gearbox

When going from tickover to ahead what can only be described as a 'clatter' seems to come from the gearbox which disappears as more power is applied. This also occurs in reverse. I have no oil loss from either engine or gearbox, both are at maximum. Any ideas of the cause?

Asked by: M.Greer  | Wednesday 23 December, 11.53am | 2 answers

oil v lpg central heating

I am looking at renewing my old LPG boiler. Does anybody know which fuel is cheaper to run - oil / LPG?

Asked by: Chris Marriott  | Monday 21 December, 7.26pm | 1 answer

How to extend the life of domestic batteries

As a matter of routine I isolate all the boat batteries when leaving it on its home mooring. I have been told that I should leave on trickle charge through the Inverter/Charger to preserve the life of the batteries, is this correct, what do you advise?

Asked by: Nigel Scott  | Thursday 17 December, 5.08pm | 1 answer


HOW DO YOU assemle a narrow boat chimney mine has just fell apart

Asked by: adam  | Thursday 17 December, 5.08pm | 2 answers

water pump

The water pump on my boat does not run smoothly. It runs on and off when the tap is turned on. Do you know what the problem could be. A new pump and accumulator have recently been fitted but this has not solved the problem. Can you help. Many thanks

Asked by: robbie   | Monday 14 December, 2.55pm | 2 answers


I am thinking of putting a generator in a sound proof housing in a engine bay of a widebeam (cruiser stern type) and have been told that it will get to hot.Has anyone got thoughts on this

Asked by: mick turner  | Friday 11 December, 4.35pm | 2 answers

linning a GRP roof with timber

I intend to remove the old carpet which the previous owner had put on and replace with a timber lining. Can any one suggest the best method for securing pads to the roof of a GRP surface. These can the have the battons secured to them.

Asked by: Peter Stokes-Chapman  | Tuesday 8 December, 3.30pm | 1 answer

vermin on boats

How to eradicate rodent vermin on boats, species unknown.

Asked by: ewart lucas  | Sunday 6 December, 2.57pm | 1 answer


A lot of articles have been written about residue coming from chimneys during burning. A simple answer is to carefully cut a square of kitchen foil, cut out a hole the same size as your chimney, then place at the base of the chimney. Then simply wrap kitchen foil around the base of the chimney. This will form a seal, any residue leaking from the foil will simply land on the sheet underneath. Cost 99p for a 3 metre length

Asked by: Peter Ponting  | Thursday 26 November, 11.01am | 1 answer

Narrowboat battery charging

I have 1 starter battery and 3 110 amp leisures. I want to charge my lesure batteries when hooked up to 240v what are my options please?

Asked by: J Morton  | Wednesday 25 November, 5.38pm | 1 answer

Contact Details

I have some spare time and would like any contact details for the Pugwash Charity in Wakefield

Asked by: Carl Morley  | Saturday 21 November, 9.05pm | no answers yet - add one

Battery boxs

I intend to alter the battery arrangement on my 42 ft narrow boat.
Currently it has two batteries in one box .
My new layout will consist of three leisure batteries and one starter battery.
Can anyone tell me if it is possible to buy a purpose made boxes for (4 batts)such a layout (website please ) or will i have to make my own battery box

Asked by: edward Connolly  | Saturday 21 November, 11.26am | 4 answers

W. Roy Thorneycroft

I have a sterling pure sine wave inverter 300 watts is there a rcd twin socket that will work on it without triping out.

Asked by: William Roy Thorneycroft  | Friday 20 November, 3.48pm | no answers yet - add one

batery charging

After posing my question about battery banks and charging i have looked at a system on this website
It appaearsto be excellant offering a good technical input in to the do and donts of split bank charging.
have you any comments or has anyone fitted or had fitted this system would like to know your opinion please

Asked by: edward Connolly  | Friday 20 November, 10.54am | 3 answers

previous question on generators

yes i should have given more information sorry about that.
I have two batteries on my 42ft boat that act as starter and leisure batteries.Will one do to start the boat ?
i could then add one giving me a two battery bank for leisure.i would like to install a charger and feed it via a generator to charge all three batteries.A component list and electrical layour drawing would be handy

Asked by: edward Connolly  | Wednesday 18 November, 3.01pm | 1 answer

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