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Narrow boat rental

I am a international Airline pilot who always makes a point to pick up your magazine whenever I am in the UK. For the rest of July I will be '€śovernighting'€ť in Birmingham. This means I will have two days and two nights there.
I am interested in renting a narrow boat for one night out of Birmingham or nearby. Do you have any information you could send me about boat rentals?

Asked by: Scott Young  | Friday 10 July, 2.22pm | 1 answer

Naming a New Boat

Is there any guidance on naming a narrowboat. Does a boat have to have a name? Are there any names that should be avoided?

Asked by: Janet Hubbard  | Sunday 5 July, 9.26pm | 3 answers

wide beam restrictions

what if any are wide beam restrictions withing the U.K.?

Asked by: lee piejus  | Sunday 5 July, 6.44pm | 1 answer

Boat Width

I bought a narrow boat and have just won a court case about it being to wide.There was a article about this in your magazine even though some facts were inccorect.the main fact was the boat builder said in court that he bought the hull from rouge builders.
any way the boat is 7ft and 1 sixteth of a inch at the front and 6ft 8 inches at the back, the boat builders solicitor has asked the court for time to get quotes for a boat builder to reduce the size to 6 ft 10inches at the front, is this safe and practical to do, will it put stress on the metal and cousre corrosion?

Asked by: P PREECE  | Friday 3 July, 9.59am | 2 answers

Question for Graham Booth

Hi Graham
I have just purchased an read your excellent two books on Narrowboat planning and building. Is there any chance that you will update them soon or do some update articles in WW please?

Asked by: Michael Hammill  | Monday 29 June, 5.09pm | 1 answer

Stern bearing clearance

What should the typical clearance be on on a narrowboat stern bearing ?

Asked by: Graham Bratcher  | Monday 29 June, 5.05pm | 1 answer

Guide to sailaways

is there a guide to buying a sailaway, lined or otherwise. i can see that you have a previous article called starting from scratch to download but have only just started our subscription and am axiously waiting for our first copy so dont have our subsctiption yet, can you supply the reference number or do i need to put credit on the account in the meantime

Asked by: Janet Hubbard  | Saturday 27 June, 4.51pm | 1 answer

River Mersey

Now the link from the Leeds Liverpool is open to the R Mersey is it feasible to cruise with narrow boat from Shropshire Union at Ellesmere Port across the Mersey ? if so who do I approach for the necessery permissions.
Thank you

Asked by: Mike Gladwell  | Monday 22 June, 5.31pm | 3 answers

basic boat maintenance

My partner and I moved on board our narowboat just over 2 years ago, but he has now died.I don't plan to go crusing by myself, but would like to know more about basic maintenance so that I don't get ripped off. Are there any associations, boatbuilders etc who would offer a course on the basics ? I'm moored in Cheshire on the Macclesfield canal.

Asked by: Sue Harding Hirst  | Friday 19 June, 9.15pm | 1 answer

Diesel Tank Gauge

I do not wish to install an intrusive fuel gauge sender into my tank and understand there may be non-intrusive means to determine the amount of fuel, not including bamboo pole. If this is correct what are they and who stocks them.

Asked by: David Jones  | Friday 19 June, 1.41pm | 1 answer

mooring ropes

i have a relatinely new narrow boat. Already i am having problems with mooring ropes wearing away the paintwork. Short of having fairleaves (spelling ?!) fitted, any ideas how i can combat the problem ?

Asked by: andy seymour  | Wednesday 17 June, 12.30pm | 1 answer

Battery combinations

I have identified one of my four Numax 110AH leisure batteries as virtually moribund (holding a charge of only 8.5 volts!). When replacing it, would it be OK to do so with a sealed battery, even though it will be connected in parallel with conventional ones?

Asked by: Stephen C  | Saturday 13 June, 5.36pm | 2 answers

Boatbuilders locations

Further to my earlier question on specification, I want to visit various boatbuilders throughout the country, but cannot find a location map nor a list of CABA members by county. The only list I can find is alphabetical. Since I would like to visit a few builders over a weekend it would help if I knew they were geographically close.
Can anyone point me in the right direction eg is there an on-line database that can be sifted and searched?

Asked by: Michael Hammill  | Saturday 13 June, 9.59am | 1 answer

fuel consumption

what mileage approximately should i get per litre of diesel with an isuzu 42 hp engine

Asked by: andy seymour  | Thursday 11 June, 5.41pm | 1 answer

Sailing times

Could any one tell me the official and the accepted time you can start to use your narrowboat in the morning and the last time in the evening

Asked by: Stephen Saunders  | Monday 8 June, 7.00am | 1 answer

Best boat specification

I want to build a new boat and wondered what readers considered to be the best makes of hull, engine, accessories etc?
Has WW ever done a best buy list?

Asked by: Michael Hammill  | Sunday 7 June, 4.59pm | 3 answers

Gearbox problem

I have a Beta 38 with PRM 120 gearbox.
When starting from cold the the movement into gear is smooth. After cruising for a while and going into neutral eg at a lock, the subsequent change back into gear results in a hard snatch. This happens more noticeably when changing to forward gear,to a lesser extent in reverse. The problem then remains until the engine is switched off and cools down again.
Could the engine speed on tickover be too fast when warm, but ok when cold? or could this be an oil problem eg overheating?

Asked by: Melvyn Haigh  | Tuesday 2 June, 3.27pm | 1 answer


i have always fancied being on the canal. now i have the space in my life to do so. but cannot afford to buy a boat. does anyone know of anyplace or person that i might rent a boat long term,,,same as i rent my flat shoreside ?

Asked by: keith mattison  | Monday 1 June, 6.07pm | 3 answers

useable canals

Are there any canal systems that will not allow narrow boats over 57-60'. I was thinking of the locks.

Asked by: DenisAlcock  | Monday 25 May, 7.15pm | 1 answer

what type of fridge

I have just purchased a sailaway and wander if i should purchase a 12 volt fridge or spend the extra money on a bigger and better inverter and a cheap 240 volt fridge any body any ideas

Asked by: richard williams  | Sunday 24 May, 5.49pm | 1 answer

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