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Lightweight Boarding planks/ladders

Last year I believe you showed an aluminium ladder fitted with solid sheet on one side of the rungs and which could be used to rescue overboards. Any ideas where to find?

Asked by: ANDREW HILL  | Monday 20 April, 8.32pm | 2 answers

Engine Oil

My narrowboat is powered by a Bukh 24. The manual advises lubricating oil with a cc or cd rating. It appears that these oils are no longer available. The lowest rating I have been able to find is cf. Will this be ok or can you suggest suitable alternative.
Many thanks.

Asked by: Stewart Hodgson  | Monday 20 April, 12.36pm | 2 answers

Sailaway Diaries

Where can I find the costings for the boat in "The Sailaway Diaries"

Asked by: DenisAlcock  | Thursday 16 April, 6.40pm | 1 answer

Diesel fired stoves

Does anyone sell a small diesel fuelled stove (without back boiler) but with electric ignition suitable for a narrowboat?

Asked by: Richard Holland  | Monday 13 April, 9.32am | 1 answer

Drive Plate Problem

Two years ago I purchased a 60ft narrow boat with a Rushton 6yc engine unit. When purchased we had every intention of replacing this unit with a modern engine and gearbox. The chosen unit was a Mitsubishi type 105 1.76 litre, 42.5 hp with a PRM 260D gearbox supplied complete from a reputable dealer.
After approx 60 running hrs the first drive plate which is a RD 13AA4 collapsed and drive was lost. A further 4 drive plated have malfunctioned in less than 400 hours running.
Various work has been undertake to try and remedy the fault including, the prop re pitched to 17/10 stern bush replaced and shaft cheched for distortion and trueness. A Python Drive was also fitted after the second failure. We are very confident that there is no excessive drag anywhere on the final drive through to the propeller.
R&D has confirmed that the drive plate is the correct one for the current system.

Asked by: Ernie Cheetham  | Sunday 12 April, 3.18pm | no answers yet - add one

boat re-painting

How much approximately would it cost to have a 62ft trad port holed narrow boat re-painted?

Asked by: Ian Bertram  | Tuesday 7 April, 12.21am | 1 answer

Water tank problems

My 20yr. old narrowboat has a leak in it's stainless steel water tank, at the moment I don't want to take it out for repair. Do I have any options for a temporary repair

Asked by: Mick Lock  | Monday 6 April, 2.08pm | 1 answer


Can anyone tell me if i can download an events calendar for 2009 for this year, asi would love to go look at canal, narrow boats for sale or festivals etc., thanks

Asked by: irene pyle  | Sunday 5 April, 11.52am | 1 answer

Experience required

Is t possible to be a unpaid hand on a Narrowboat in order to get experiece

Asked by: Carl Morley  | Wednesday 1 April, 2.38pm | 1 answer

the sailaway diaries

where can I get Back issues for The sailaway diaries.from the start to feb

Asked by: Darren  | Tuesday 31 March, 4.53pm | 1 answer

Can we hire a 58ft narrowboat for 3-4 months?

I have just retired, and my wife and I would like to hire a 58ft narrowboat for 3-4 months - our retirement adventure! We have hired for the Easter week for the last 20 plus years and now have the time for a longer cruise around our fantastic canal system. We are 60 and 58 and have two well behaved and seasoned travellers - our two 9 year old miniature Schnauzers. We would like to travel next year from April to end of July.
Is there anyone who would consider letting us use their boat for this period? We would love to hear from you.

Asked by: Bob and Desi Cogger  | Sunday 29 March, 1.40pm | 3 answers

fixed frount

where can i get a fixed bow boat with a 10' openhold at the stern from

Asked by: lanks  | Saturday 21 March, 10.23pm | 1 answer

sailaway diaries cost breakdown

Cost of saiaway diaries boat

Asked by: ap;eagling  | Wednesday 18 March, 11.54am | 1 answer

the admiral nelson pub braunston

will this pub be opening again, we found it the best canal side pub and visited there many times, from the canal and also when we went to the annual narrow boat fair at braunston and walked up to the pub

Asked by: carole dillon  | Tuesday 17 March, 12.21pm | 4 answers


I want to buy an old lifeboat fibreglass from rosendal norway with a sabb motor 20ft by 7ft 1975 was stored outside will the fibre glass have osmossis?

Asked by: Andy Krohn  | Monday 16 March, 10.09am | 1 answer

exide batteries

does two 6 volt 180 amp exide batteries when put together make 12volts and add up to 260amps when put together?

Asked by: fred brussels  | Wednesday 11 March, 8.16pm | 1 answer

Wide Beam Propulsion - again

My wide beam had a stupid rudder - 31 cm in front of the post and 31 cm behind. I have removed approx 17 cm off the front of the rudder and the tiller is handlable up to max revs but the steering is vague. I was thinking of creating a duct by bringing two plates vertically from the uderside to just below the shaftthen three more to surround the the prop. I thought to take the plates from 25 cm in front of the prop and as far back as I can w=ithout fouling the rudder. Will it work?

Asked by: Ken Neale  | Monday 9 March, 6.02pm | 2 answers

sound insulation

I have a steel deck and have tried self adhesive foam insulation under. Twice it has fallen off, i have thoroughly de greased the underside of the deck and this has not helped. Can anyone suggest a suitable adhesive to fix the offending insulation as my Lister Petter A2 engine is lovely but naturally noisy.

Asked by: Robin Emmins  | Monday 9 March, 7.24am | 3 answers

Leaky windows.

I appear to have water leaking in between the glass and frame on the lower pane of my windows, are seals replaceable and has anyone got any advice as to what i should do. I cannot afford to replace the windows. Thanks

Asked by: Robin Emmins  | Monday 9 March, 6.51am | 2 answers

Narrow boat for commercial use

We have a 60ft narrow boat which is based near Nantwich. Unfortunately, we dont get to use it that often and I am desparately trying to convince my boyfriend not to sell it, as we do love it, but its a lot of money just sitting there. Is it viable with the correct insurance and other relevant things in plase to rent it out privately and through your magazine. Any help much appreciated.

Asked by: melanie  | Saturday 28 February, 12.59pm | 2 answers

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