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Wide Beam

I am looking to purchase a wide beam sailaway for self fit out,, whats the biggest shell that is practical. I want to base it on the thames initially and cruise the southern waterways

Asked by: steve bale  | Friday 7 November, 5.52pm | 1 answer


Old generator

We have an old generator which can be run off the engine - Ruston Hornsby 2VSH. We have been informed that the previous owners hardly used it and we know that it hasn't been used for the past 4 yrs. My question is what should we do - try to find someone who can service this generator ( if so does anyone know of anyone or boatyard etc)or buy another (ouch!)? We would like to run a washing machine and immersion heater so what's the best way to do this? Perhaps we don't need a generator.Just thought I would add that we are Continuous Cruisers so dont have access to a landline but do have a 2.5 kw inverter which wont run the immersion heater. All answers greatly received!

Asked by: Sharron Watson  | Sunday 2 November, 6.21pm | 2 answers


What prop for HR2

Ref, previous question, we have acquired a PRM gearbox for our HR2, as it runs in either rotation can we get a right or left handed propeller? What size propeller is recomended? Seen a few for sale second-hand which are 20 square or 22x22, are these any use?

Asked by: Casper  | Wednesday 29 October, 9.11pm | 1 answer


12v Fridge Power Consumption

Replacing Gas Fridge with New 12volt Fridge. Manufacturers info is not very clear re running current consumption and average over 24 hours in normal usage. What is the practical experience using a 12v fridge - can service battery capacity be a problem. My boat only has 2 off 110AH batteries with insufficient room for more.

Many thanks

Asked by: Michael Jefferies  | Thursday 23 October, 2.16pm | 3 answers


gear box

I recently purchased a Lister HR2 used on a farm i believe its been reconditioned and i want to use it on my boat.Would a Hurth 2.1 gearbox be suitable? my HR2 is 30hp flat out and i've been told the flywheel turns the opposite way to marine HR2s but i havn't checked this yet. Thank you.

Asked by: claire21  | Tuesday 21 October, 9.14pm | 1 answer


On line licence checker

The on line licence checker is available at http://www.britishwaterways.co.uk:80/license-it/license-it-or-lose-it/online-boat-checker

Someone asked about it some time ago.

Asked by: Dave Cleaver  | Monday 20 October, 1.08pm | no answers yet - add one


top boxes

can you please tell me anyone who makes top boxes for narrow boats?

Asked by: john hooper  | Sunday 12 October, 2.37pm | 1 answer


about a article

could i get a copy of a article from june 2007 from page 97-99 how we used the ouse

Asked by: Eddy Grant  | Saturday 11 October, 11.51pm | 1 answer


Cost of Cruising

I am about to launch myself into a long held dream river cruising. I think I can find most of the information on the DVD's and magazines I have bought. But can anyone enlighten me as the cost (at red diesel rate) of a days' cruising!

Asked by: Bill Brown  | Wednesday 8 October, 11.31am | 2 answers


Can I get a long booking in London

I have a wish to hire a boat for say six months in 2010 and cruise as far north-west and north-east as is possible from London. Where might I find someone prepared to hire a 4 berth narrowboat to enable me to do this? Any suggestions gratefully received. David Stiff.

Asked by: David Stiff  | Monday 6 October, 3.30pm | 3 answers


boat insulation options

recent exchanges regarding the merits of different methods of insulation have been interesting, but i have yet to read an in depth comparision of the types of insulation available. November 2007 issue uncluded a review of Paul Garner's boat Destiny II, in which he used Thinsulate. How do all these insulation techniques compare by 'e' value, cost, ease of installation etc?

Asked by: brianfreeman  | Monday 6 October, 1.23pm | no answers yet - add one


narrow boat exchange

I want exchange or part exchange, my 52 ft narrow booat for a smaller one. Are there any brokers who'd do this? Or any suggestions how to go about it please

Asked by: sue jones  | Saturday 4 October, 5.58pm | 3 answers


Solar panels

I have a 57ft narrowboat which has four leisure(135) and one starter battery. I would like to fit solar panels to save running the engines. Any suggestions to number and size of panel would be appreciated.

Asked by: Peri Purnell  | Friday 3 October, 8.59am | 1 answer


Why does my battery use water?

I have 4 leisure batteries one of which runs dry in three of the six cells. Why is this?

Asked by: Peri Purnell  | Friday 3 October, 8.53am | 1 answer


WW October issue

Page 51 makes reference to a "licence checker" within the "Licence it or lose it" section of BW's web site. I can't find the facility - where is it? Have BW lost their nerve?

Asked by: Roger Michael  | Tuesday 30 September, 6.35pm | 2 answers


getting from river Dewent to Bristol channel

Im planning a trip from the river Dewent, going down the Nottingham canal to Leicester then under Birmingham to the Bristol channel. First of all, is this possible. And is there anyway that I can measure the distnce? Thank you.

Asked by: Paul Bassett  | Tuesday 30 September, 10.32am | 3 answers


Where can I buy this saucepan/oven?

A few years ago I purchased a pair of saucepans that could be used either as 2 pans or by turning one upside down on the other it bacame an oven you could use on top of the hob. I have done many fantastic roasts, stews, even bread and cakes in it. I now want to buy another one but can't find them anywhere. I purchased it at an inland waterways boatshow where they were demonstrating them. Any help with tracking down the supplier would be much appreciated.

Asked by: Jane Fisher  | Tuesday 23 September, 4.50pm | 1 answer


Lap Top Power Supply

My laptop battery does not last long enough for me and I don't want the noise of the engine running while I work. Any suggestions of how I can get power to it without draining my domestic battery. Am I correct in thinking that laptops are power hungry?

Asked by: Jane Fisher  | Sunday 21 September, 6.36am | 2 answers


PAST ISSUES

Have you ever published articals on Charles Ballinger canal carrier Gloucester (died 1962).He was my uncle and gardian and I did start to write a book about him.

Asked by: JOHN LEE  | Wednesday 17 September, 11.29am | no answers yet - add one


Powering a computer on board

Hi guys,

I'm looking for a power lead to run my laptop on board a narrowboat. Surely all I need is a power lead with a three (round) pin plug on one end and a (correctly sized) jack on the other? But can I find anything? Plenty of in-car chargers, but they're designed for 'cigarette lighter' sockets and seem to have extra gubbins in between...

Any suggestions?

Cheers, Paul

Asked by: Paul Evans  | Tuesday 16 September, 7.07pm | 1 answer

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