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Do you have a list of accessible launderettes as we are planning on a long holiday on the canals. Thanks

Asked by: H BLoomfield  | Tuesday 2 January, 8.41am | 1 answer

100 w solar panel wiring

I have brought 2 secondhand solar panels.
1 panel has a red and black cable exiting from each side of the junction box.4 wires.When I look on the Internet panels have 1 red cable and 1 black cable exiting from each side of the junction box.2 wires.
Internally in my junction box the black is wired to black and red to red. I am looking to how to wire them up correctly for my narrowboat. Appreciate some help many thks Kevin.

Asked by: Kevan  | Sunday 31 December, 4.25pm | 1 answer

How can I run my shower without electric or the engine please

I have purchased a houseboat which has no engine and no coal burner, can anyone help me to find a way to run a shower as the electrics on the bank are only 16 amp and I believe I would need 32 amps. I am also on a tight budget. Thank you in advance

Asked by: Net Watmough  | Saturday 16 December, 1.23pm | 1 answer

Diesel additive

We get our new boat delivered in few days and I'll need to fill up with diesel for the first time. Should I use a fuel additive from the start, and on a regular basis, to inhibit the diesel bug and help precipitate any moisture? I'm having a Fuel Guard filter system fitted for added protection.
Thank you

Asked by: Raymond Fowler  | Friday 15 December, 8.11am | 2 answers

Exhaust lagging

I would like to ask if it would be a good idea for me to lag the hospital silencer in my engine bay? If so are there alternatives to the lagging that is mostly sold for exhausts as it appears to be quite narrow and would take a lot and is expensive. I was wondering about domestic regular hot water lagging?

Asked by: Raymond Fowler  | Monday 11 December, 6.41pm | 1 answer

Repainting a water tank

Is there any rust preventive treatment that can be used on existing rust patches in a potable water tank before repainting ? Rylard Paints seem to be the only supplier of bitumen water tank paint.

Asked by: Rodney Hardwick  | Sunday 10 December, 3.02pm | 1 answer

hi fi

I have a steel boat with an ordinary hi fi however when using the radio I get interference what can I do to stop this

Asked by: jo stone  | Monday 27 November, 12.41pm | 3 answers

three leisure batteries connected to a 175 amp alternator

What size Mega Fuse between 175 amp alternator and three leisure batteries
Would you have a fuse between solar panels control and batteries

Asked by: Steve Batt  | Friday 24 November, 1.20pm | 1 answer

which primary fuel filter

I do not as yet have a primary fuel filter, which one would you recommend?. Also how are they retained within the engine bay?.

Asked by: Ady Kay  | Thursday 23 November, 6.03pm | 3 answers

Gettin Goin

I'm a 25 year old fella. I was born on boats and lives on the canals for most of my life. It's something that I have decided I cannot do without. However, with section 8's being a thing of the past. No mortgages for narrowboats unless you want ridiculous interest rate and frankly not having £15,000 laying about. What can I do? I'm not after much, just a 32ft plus springer with a running inboard diesel, hull in decent nic and a bsc!
Any advice?

Asked by: Harry McArthur  | Sunday 19 November, 6.43pm | 2 answers

Fridge Freezer

Wide beam so space is good
I have 920 watts of solar panels and three leisure batteries connected to a 3000watt pure sine wave inverter
12volt or a 240v A+++ rated fridge freezer

Asked by: Steve Batt  | Sunday 19 November, 9.45am | 2 answers

Narrow boat electrics

I have an XR&D narrow boat shell on order that I plan to fit out. Do you have a standard electric wiring diagram that I can use as a starting point to work from?

Asked by: Chris Death  | Sunday 12 November, 5.49pm | 1 answer

Microbiological Corrosion

Have been told I have this on hull, have you ever heard of it?

Asked by: Eileen Brown  | Wednesday 8 November, 2.47pm | 3 answers

Engine power

Is 16hp ok for river cruising.

Asked by: Andrew Mitchell  | Saturday 21 October, 10.33pm | 3 answers

Cold weather blacking

I've been offered a blacking slot in a professional but unheated workshop next February formy narrowboat. Should it be OK at that time of year? I'm a bit concerned that the environment is unheated.

Asked by: Paul Taylor  | Saturday 21 October, 8.03pm | 1 answer

Victron energy monitor fault

I've using a Victron 600s monitor to monitor my 5 leisure batteries. It's stopped working properly. It says Boot 1.01 or it flashes quickly and says nothing at all until I turn the engine on. At that point it appears to work ok but it only shows 1 amp going in to the batteries! As soon as I switch the engine off, the monitor starts flashes no and displaying 600s and that's it. Now I happen to have a second LED display for the monitor. I swapped that and that one does exactly the same thing, so it isn't that that's faulty could it be the shunt? Or something else?

Asked by: Carl Young  | Tuesday 17 October, 1.00pm | 1 answer

Accumulator and expansion tanks

I bought these as advised by the people I bought the calorifier off but the guy who put it in said I wouldn't need either of them so didn't plumb them in. I think I want to have them in really so am planning to install them myself. Am I right in thinking the accumulator needs to be after the pump as in water tank,pump,then accumulator.......and the the expansion tank at other end of boat : calorifier the expansion tank before pipe work?

Asked by: estelle lomax  | Saturday 14 October, 10.24am | 3 answers

Tips for hose pipe

I am trying to get three quarter inch sanitary hose onto a whale gulper inlet - impossible to do? I have tried leaving in boiling water to soften- any tips?

Asked by: estelle lomax  | Monday 9 October, 7.52pm | 4 answers

Drilling holes in the superstructure, what are the requirements?

I want to fit some navigation lights to my narrowboat. This requires me to drill some holes in the steel superstructure, both for wiring and for screws to attach the lights. Are there any special precautions I should take to avoid these holes becoming rust points, and are there any other areas I need to bear in mind?

Asked by: Rod Nelson  | Monday 9 October, 1.21pm | 2 answers

bow thruster

Is it possible to install a Bow Thruster in an already established boat, and if so approximately how much to do so.

Asked by: Frank Franklin  | Sunday 8 October, 1.33am | 2 answers

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