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preventing condensation inside boat

Since it has become colder we have a problem with condensation in our 57 ft liveaboard. It seems to be mostly coming in under the windows and at various places under the gunnel(?)The bit where it goes wider about hip-height. The worst place is by the bed. Would putting more insulation in the wall help? The insulation at present is polystyrene.

Many thanks for any help.

Asked by: rachel welton  | Tuesday 9 December, 3.54pm | 2 answers


I recall an article about 2 years ago regarding a firm which could supply hardwood window surrounds for narrowboats, maybe in Bits & Pieces. Do you have a name/website/e-mail/telephone please?

Asked by: Peter McLaren  | Saturday 6 December, 9.59am | 1 answer

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms

What make and type of alarm are suitable for a 60ft NB

Asked by: John Ford  | Tuesday 2 December, 5.01pm | 2 answers

Crick Boat Show 2009

Please confirm dates?

Asked by: Barry Ord  | Monday 24 November, 6.13pm | 2 answers

Choosing ropes

I've a 60 foot steel narrowboat and its ropes (fore, aft and middle) are coming to the end of their natural lives and will need replacing in the next year.

WWW answered a question about ropes in the November 2008 issue of WWW, (page 95) but you did not say how to choose the rope itself.

Ignoring the "prettiness factor", what do I need to know to help me choose replacements? What material and what diameter (i.e. strength). How do I choose?

The WWW answer also said that the rope lengths (41 & 36 ft) for the 55' boat were "about right". I was under the impression that 60ft (20m) ropes (fore and aft) were usually required (and probably sensible) when river cruising - though pre-cut & spliced/eyed ropes seem to be sold as 10 or 15 m lengths.

Asked by: Paul Lawler  | Monday 24 November, 5.29pm | 1 answer

gucc star class bed

Dimensions of the drop down bed in the cabin of GUCC star class motor please

Asked by: steve roberts  | Saturday 22 November, 8.03pm | 1 answer

Water tank drain off

How is the best and easy way to drain off the water tank, ready for winter? Or is there a chance of the water can stay in the tank?

Asked by: Mr P Jones  | Friday 21 November, 9.26am | 1 answer

Narrowboat Stern Tube Packing

As the stern tube packing wears away it is possible to insert another piece of square section rope after removing the flange. This seems simpler and dryer than removing all the old packing and replacing it. What are the pros and cons of the two approaches?

Asked by: Colin Wilks  | Thursday 20 November, 8.19am | 6 answers

fuel cap

who does a locking fuel cap for narrowboat

Asked by: CHRIS ANDERS  | Wednesday 19 November, 9.07am | 1 answer

togem spares

anyone know where i could get a fire grate for a torgem stove ?

Asked by: jake martin  | Tuesday 11 November, 7.11pm | 1 answer

where do we put nav lights?

We are presently fitting out our new 50ftx12ft avon barge and need advice on where to position our navigation lights and how many we need? We plan on going to Europe eventually. thanks tina

Asked by: tina ware  | Tuesday 11 November, 2.10pm | 1 answer

british water ways

do british water ways have an email adress and if yes can we have it?

thanks antony

Asked by: antony  | Monday 10 November, 4.47pm | 1 answer

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

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