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Wide Beam Propulsion

I have a 54ft wide beam built in 1994. The rudder is about 8 inches from the prop. and is not very responsive. Would it help to buld a duct round the prop. to direct the water flow at the rudder?

Asked by: Ken Neale  | Friday 13 February, 7.10pm | 1 answer

bilge water

i have a 52ft steel narrowboat just 2yr old and have just draind my bilge and revoved 140lt of water over 3 days is this amount normal for 2yr the water is clean with a tint of rust colour

Asked by: tony furborough  | Sunday 8 February, 2.37pm | 2 answers

Measham/Bargeware/Barge ware

Do you have any articals the above.Any month or year

Asked by: Edward Wilson  | Sunday 8 February, 12.59pm | 1 answer

Boating Log Software

I like to keep a boating log on my laptop,currently I do it in Excel, does anyone know of any boat logging software to run independently of any of the available planners?

Asked by: Graham Little  | Thursday 5 February, 10.06pm | 2 answers

How easy is it to replate a 50ft narrowboat diy style

I am the proud owner of a 50ft boat that required rebottoming and possibly the sides. I have an experienced welder (although not of narrowboats!) I have been told that I should, with the help of my welder friend be able to achieve a replate at home. What are the pros and cons and what should I specifically, if anything, be aware of. Many thanks.

Asked by: mandy swallow  | Sunday 1 February, 11.32pm | 1 answer

Fuel consumption

We have a new 58Ft. narrowboat fitted with a Barrus shire engine 45Hp. and were wondering what kind of fuel consumption to expect.

Asked by: CHRIS ANDERS  | Sunday 1 February, 7.54pm | 2 answers

electric underfloor heating

the practicalities of using underfloor heating and safety regulations of using this form of heating

Asked by: sam marriott  | Saturday 31 January, 1.49pm | 1 answer

Beta JD3 Oil pressure

My JD3 engine (700 hrs) takes 10 secs to reach its oil pressure of 45psi cold engine(35 HOT)every time its started.I have changed the oil filter twice using the rec FramPH20 and the Beta supplied Fleetguard LF 678 to no effect.The problem seems to lie with the lack of an anti-drain valve in the oil filter,briefly fitting a non standard purflux LS867B(with anti-drain valve)resolved the problem.Am I to use the rec filters or use a non standard.I am sure that if my car engine had shown this characteristic it would have been destroyed quite quickly.

Asked by: Michael Stapleford  | Friday 23 January, 9.24pm | 1 answer

Keeping batteries alive

My narrowboat, infrequently visited in the winter months, has 2 starter and 4 leisure batteries which have all gone flat, and I fear that they will have to be replaced. How can I ensure that a new set will not perish in the same way? I have no access to mains power, so charging is done with the engine (BMC 1.5) alternator via a Kestrel regulator. Someone has suggested installing an inverter-charger, but how might this quite expensive item help? Have you any suggestions, please?

Asked by: Stephen C  | Friday 23 January, 12.10pm | 2 answers

boat sale

We want to advertise a boat for sale.Is it possible to do so online?

Asked by: h groeneveld  | Saturday 17 January, 9.12am | 1 answer

Upper Avon/Grand Union Link

Having received an "Inland Waterways of Britain Cruise Planner" map (GEO Projects) for Christmas I was delighted to see that there is a proposed link between the Grand Union,at Warwick, and the Upper Severn north of Stratford. Having a mooring at Stockton Top this would make Warwick, Leamington and Stratford in easy reach. How realistic is this link and if it is when is it likely to start and finish?


Asked by: peterjones  | Wednesday 31 December, 9.44am | 1 answer

BW will not pay for damage to our boat because of poor BW work.

Is there anyway I can get BW to pay for damage caused to our boat by their poor upkeep of towpath. It happened 18 June this year (2008) and so far no joy.

Asked by: Jean Suter  | Tuesday 30 December, 6.32pm | 1 answer

buying a boat/barge business

Do you have any web sites of boat/barge business with property that are for sale any area, thank you for your time.

Asked by: Donna  | Monday 29 December, 10.09pm | 1 answer

cheshire ring

cheshire ring which way round, why?

Asked by: simon curry-taylor  | Tuesday 23 December, 7.14pm | 1 answer

small-scale locks for rowboats only

please any data on manually operated locks anywhere designed to get rowboats/dinghies/kayaks around a rock shelf in a river with a drop/rise of about two metres. Portage not an option.

Asked by: jefferson chapple  | Saturday 20 December, 10.05pm | no answers yet - add one

12v/24v TV

Can anyone recommend a 15" LCD TV with built in DVD and freeview that is 12v/24v please?

Asked by: Loulabelle  | Wednesday 17 December, 5.29pm | 2 answers

Fire surrounds

Reference your article Sailaway diaries, could you give me the name and phone no. of the monumental mason who supplied the granite surround and hearth for the stove.

Asked by: Christine Bowyer  | Monday 15 December, 7.30pm | 1 answer

vetus m2.06 engine

I have had low oil pressure light coming on after approx two hours cruising, have fitted pressure gauge what results should i be looking for?

Asked by: tbarlow  | Sunday 14 December, 5.50pm | 1 answer

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

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