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Renting a houseboat in London

I would like to live on a narrowboat/houseboat in East London for 12 months.

I am not in a position to buy - I have searched on the internet but most of the rental sites seem to be for holidays rather than living.

What's the best way to go about finding a houseboat for rent, or even a room in a shared boat?



Asked by: Lu  | Tuesday 8 July, 11.34pm | 1 answer

narrow boat paint

I have bought a 45'narrow boat that was sunk for 6 months I have completly stripped inside should I use an undercoat before I spray foam inside?

And what undercoat can I paint the hull with I have mechanially wire brushed the existing paint it was dull black

Asked by: Mike Dack  | Tuesday 8 July, 7.51pm | 1 answer


what are the lock lenght limits on leeds and liverpool

Asked by: macca  | Tuesday 8 July, 8.11am | 2 answers

wide canal

how to get a widebeam boat from southern canal system to northern one? It is possible? Bedford link?

Asked by: Angela  | Sunday 6 July, 12.45pm | 1 answer

Your Index

I have a subscription to WW. Is there any way of using the web site to search for Issue/Page Numbers relating to articles/letters etc on a particular subject without knowing the exact title.

i.e. a general search such as say - " Powering PCs with Inverters" ?

Mike Brown.

Asked by: Mike Brown  | Sunday 6 July, 12.39pm | 1 answer

single handed hire boat

Do hire companies allow one to hire a narrowboat singlehanded?

Asked by: Paul Morris  | Friday 4 July, 7.23am | 2 answers


should i have a thermostat in a chevy 350 motor with thru haul exhaust

Asked by: paul lopez  | Thursday 3 July, 1.42am | 1 answer

Boat Planner

I have used the Boat Planner, but would like to save it into 'Word' so I can add some fine detail with the drawing tools, and also so I can select what i want to print - I have tried the @edit with Microsoft Word' option on my computer, but it tells me to install Adobe Flashplayer which I have done, but still not luck - please can you help?

Asked by: Pip Haynes  | Monday 30 June, 2.47pm | 1 answer

What anchor

I wish to cruise inland river navigations such as the Thames and Weaver, and need to equip my 60 foot narrowboat with an anchor.

What weigh anchor will I require, and do I need any special hull fixings ?

Asked by: Andy Packwood  | Monday 30 June, 11.25am | 2 answers

How powerful an inverter do I need to run a desktop computer?

I want to run items such as TV, DVD and desk top computer, what sort of power inverter would I need?

Asked by: Mandy Wright  | Monday 30 June, 10.36am | 2 answers

Solar Power

Can we have an article some time on the installation and use of solar power please.

Asked by: Ifor Barton  | Saturday 28 June, 9.19pm | 2 answers

Single-handed lock operation...

Many many years ago my Daddy wrote an article for WW detailing how to operate locks single-handedly. Unfortunately he lent his copy of the magazine to someone and it was never returned :( All this happened before I was born and I never got to read his article. Just wondering if anyone can remember this article, or if there's a copy in the magazine archives I could please have a look at...?

Thank you!

Asked by: H Chadwick  | Friday 27 June, 5.48pm | 1 answer

thermostat housing

hi readers, does anybody have any idea where i could find a thermostat housing cover for my BMC 2.2 deisel engine. i live in west london, so far i'm having no luck richard

Asked by: Richard Cracknell  | Sunday 22 June, 4.56pm | 2 answers

Additional Symbols

I really like the design facility, it gives substance to my dream, well done. Is it possible to add some more symbols? Fridge, Worktops, Walls and the all important loo. Keep up the good work.

Asked by: Jeff Bennett  | Sunday 22 June, 9.47am | 1 answer

can I use a 240 volt fridge

is it feasable to use a normal 240 volt fridge on a boat through an inverter and how would I work out the power consumption into 12 volt

Asked by: M Thomas  | Saturday 21 June, 9.30pm | 3 answers

how to overcome Faraday effect?

I will shortly become narrowboat owner and live aboard part of the year. I will be working and coms are imporant. How can I enhance reception of broadband and mobile signals? Are there any tried and tested aerials on the market? Any idea of costs? Where to buy them?

Asked by: Sandy Wetton  | Friday 20 June, 6.57pm | 1 answer

can I use a desktop computer on board

Everyone talks about laptops on narrowboats but I am planning to live on board from January and wondered if I can still use my main computer?

Asked by: Mandy Wright  | Thursday 19 June, 10.32am | 2 answers

water filter

Hi, do you have any experience with water filters? I am looking for a system that filters canal water in two stages. I know about drinking water filters, but I would also like a cruder pre-filter for non-drinking applications like washing machine, shower, etc.

any help welcome.

Asked by: otto  | Wednesday 18 June, 1.17pm | 2 answers

When will the Interactive Boat design feature be available

When will the interactive boat design feature be available for use? I have been 'checking back in a couple of days' for a while now. We are in the process of designing our boat, the build of which will start in aug/sept and I would love to give the builders a nice, neat compuet generated plan, rather than the handd drwn one we currrently have. (Have tried using one of the CAD programmes that are available for free on the internet, but they have proved far to complicated.

Asked by: Pip Haynes  | Tuesday 17 June, 11.15am | 2 answers

propellor wear

how can I tell if my propello needs replacing?

Asked by: otto  | Tuesday 17 June, 8.42am | no answers yet - add one

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