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Broken Window catch.

I have broken one of the catches on a hopper window. It is from a Cauldwells window about 10 years old; one of spoon shaped aluminium catches attached by a bolt through the glass. They are no longer available from the manufacturers.
I would appreciate any suggestions about a possible source of a spare, or an alternative to replace this.

Asked by: Tom Ainsworth  | Friday 5 August, 8.10pm | 1 answer


williams24gg@hotmail.co.uk

I am told fibreglass boats deteriorate over time. What is the bast means of preserving?

Asked by: g. williams  | Tuesday 2 August, 11.08am | 2 answers


Vactan

Hi
I have a fair bit of rust on the floor of the bow on my cruiser style narrowboat ( the built in water tank is beneath this area)
I have been told to strip back the rust then use Vactan before a primer and then a few coats of paint
Can anyone suggest a good primer and top coat paint ?
I'm hoping to also loosen the bolts to the water tank cover so I can see what's going on inside !!!!
And suggestions would be much appreciated

Asked by: josie pledge  | Saturday 23 July, 7.59pm | 3 answers


Boat security

In light of a recent report of a narrowboat being stolen, I was wondering if there are additional engine security devices similar to those fitted to cars, for example, immobilisers that would prevent a boats engine being started without a transponder fob. We are yet to buy our boat but if seems me that this most basic of security features is overlooked. Maybe it will be a case of buying an immobiliser unit intended for use in cars and adapting it to suit.

Asked by: Raymond Fowler  | Thursday 21 July, 2.05pm | 4 answers


Control of Hire-boat Company Locations

Is there anything that CRT can do to stop hire-boat companies from mooring their boats two or three deep leaving only space for one boat to proceed for sometimes quite a distance.

Asked by: grayham pope  | Thursday 21 July, 12.19pm | no answers yet - add one


Infrared heating

Has anyone experience of infrared heating for their boat?

Asked by: C Baldwin  | Wednesday 13 July, 5.46pm | 6 answers


Price for fitting an inverter.

Hello,
.
A retired boater lady neighbour has purchased a used inverter to replace her old, broken one.
Her usual mobile service engineer wants £150 to fit it and I believe that is way too expensive.
He will travel 15 miles to be here.
Any advice is appreciated.
Thanks
Mr Smith.
.

Asked by: Trevor Smith  | Monday 11 July, 6.36pm | 1 answer


Info for publication

Please can you tell me the lead time for information to go into the September issue
Many Thanks

Asked by: Harold Bond  | Wednesday 6 July, 12.18pm | 3 answers


Mooring

Should I secure a mooring before buying a narrowboat?

Asked by: David Croft  | Monday 4 July, 5.46am | 3 answers


Lombardini engines

What are they like

Asked by: Tony Price  | Friday 1 July, 1.26pm | 1 answer


Printers on board

Has anyone got any tips for using/storing/locating a printer on board? We have a fairly standard 57' narrowboat, with a fair bit of storage, but I am after a nice designed solution. Alternatively could anyone recommend a small printer. Most seem very large with (not required) scanning screens.

Asked by: owen  | Wednesday 29 June, 8.28pm | 5 answers


Cleats?

Maybe it is my sailing background, but I find the number of cleats on narrowboats (one big one forward, and two aft, a little restrictive, especially when mooring with a spring as I often do, even on waterways without a current.
Is there any advice please about adding mooring cleats.

Asked by: owen  | Wednesday 29 June, 7.33pm | 2 answers


ironing

Can i use a normale iron to do my ironing I have a 1600 converter but have been told that i could blow the converter up.
Thaks Lez

Asked by: Lez Brennan  | Wednesday 29 June, 2.57pm | 2 answers


Propeller size & distance

Hello, we are about to take our trip boat out of the water for hull inspection and possible blacking. Whilst out we want to look at the configuration of prop shaft and propeller. Is there any guidance on propeller distance from back plate and size of prop. Our narrow boat is 42 feet long. Thank you

Asked by: Roger Tapping  | Monday 20 June, 12.54pm | 6 answers


Leaking cratch

Late last year we had a cratch cover made. It's mainly doing a good job but, like many cratch covers, the sides can be rolled up and fixed with straps. Where the s/s turnbuckle is the rain seems to be getting in where the spikes of the turnbuckle pierce the fabric and hence runs down the straps internally. How can we seal it??

Asked by: Roger Munt  | Monday 20 June, 12.33pm | 2 answers


New build

What is the optimum capacity for fresh water,fuel tank for engine/heating,fuel tank for a stove and a holding tank for a pump out toilet . It is for a 58 feet narrow boat for 2 people and a dog ,residential use with visitors .

Asked by: costas  | Sunday 19 June, 5.12pm | 4 answers


Fixed dinette plans

Can anyone help me i am looking for some fixed dinette plans much apprieciated

Asked by: martin pollard  | Sunday 19 June, 9.09am | 1 answer


Paint on Stamford

Can you give more details of the Red Matt Deck Pint on the roof of Stamford

Asked by: David Hargreaves  | Saturday 11 June, 12.05pm | 2 answers


Replacement single mattress

Any idea where to source fabric covered single mattress/cushion?

Asked by: Arthur Pritchett  | Monday 6 June, 9.01pm | 2 answers


Heat exchanger

A few months ago you featured a new product - a heat exchanger to fit in the engine coolant circuit with 2 ports to connect to the radiator circuit. I need one of these, but I don't keep old copies of the magazine. Can you point me towards this product - make and model number?
Thanks.

Asked by: Leonard Lawson  | Monday 6 June, 3.24pm | 3 answers

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