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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

yanmar air filters

hello again. i have recently bought a yanmar air filter, the one recommended in the manual of my barrus shire 1200 engine fitted to my 46ft narrowboat, the filter number is 119808 12520. i found one on ebay sold by a company called Farol who tend to mostly sell agricultural bits and bobs, the add read 'genuine yanmar air filter' .
so anyway on the add picture it looked exactly the same as the one that i am using right now yet on arrival it was too long and too large , it was hard to judge in the advert as they look the same , it seems i have it's bigger wider brother. the filter i have has no name or number enscribed on it and it has all confused me, any thoughts would be very gratefully accepted

Asked by: jean-marc bedos  | Tuesday 3 October, 10.13am | 5 answers

Negotiating Price

Hi, has anybody any experience of buying a widebeam saleaway and negotiating the build price. Do you find any of the suppliers have room for negotiation? Many thanks.

Asked by: David  | Wednesday 27 September, 11.24pm | 1 answer

Anti -freeze

What anti-freeze should I put in my lister 3 cyl canal star engine? Is Bluecol ok?

Asked by: Colin Bradshaw  | Monday 25 September, 3.58pm | 1 answer

Frequency of blacking

There's lots of conflicting advice about this, but how often should my narrowboat be blacked? It was last done in summer 2014 with bitumen.

Asked by: Paul Taylor  | Saturday 23 September, 5.51pm | 1 answer

Battery voltage

What sort of reading should my gauge on the instrument panel show when turning on the ignition? It's reading 10 now and jumps to 14 when the engine is running. Battery performance seems poor hence the question.

Asked by: Paul Taylor  | Monday 18 September, 4.14pm | 3 answers

seating foam

the seating foam in my springer 23 is not very comfortable after a couple of hours watching tv.i suspect the foam is original cheap? stuff.any alternatives or more supportive foam/filling available?

Asked by: s gurney  | Tuesday 12 September, 4.44pm | 1 answer

Can we take a wide beam Dutch Barge from Worcester to River Thames

Dear Sirs, we are looking at purchasing a 1905 Dutch Barge currently located in Worcester to the River Thames, we would like to know if she is able to come down the River Severn to Bristol and inland from there through the Kennet & Avon Canal. She is 49.54 ft long x 9.842 ft Beam with a draft of 3.1167 ft. We can see on your widebeam map that this may be possible but just want to double check before buying and having to take her by road as we would love to spend a few weeks getting used to her and take her ourselves. thank you

Asked by: Richard Evans  | Tuesday 12 September, 12.33pm | 2 answers


hello experts , i have a 15year old barrus shire 1200 diesel engine on my 46ft narrowboat, in the manual it says that come the time of replacing the the fuel and oil filter i should use a RDG 3026 fuel filter and a 129150-35151 oil filter , after trying online with barrus shire webpage i have had no luck finding them they seem to sell every other spare parts but filters. all other chandleries have filters but nothing that corresponds with the ones i need, sorry if i am being stpid but am i missing out on something ??. i also see equivalent for this and that but not for the ones i need . any help would be gratefully appreciated, thank you all, and please excuse my ignorance.

Asked by: jean-marc bedos  | Monday 11 September, 7.10pm | 2 answers

Rudder Packing

Hi, I accidentally unshipped the bottom of rudder stock from the skegg cup while changing the rudder top bearing on my narrowboat. I replaced the rudder back into the cup but it now squeaks and vibrates and seems loose as if I have lost some packing. Can you recommend what I should repack the cup bearing with? Many thanks Peter Heath

Asked by: Peter Heath  | Thursday 7 September, 8.28pm | 3 answers

Battery Discharge

My Starter Battery [In excellent order], charges nicely when my Barrus Shire engine is running, but discharges overnight. Advice please!

Asked by: Michael Clement  | Thursday 7 September, 3.31pm | 6 answers

Watertank paint

what paint do I need to paint inside the water tank?

Asked by: Colin Bradshaw  | Monday 4 September, 8.54pm | 2 answers

Bow thruster for single handed boating

The narrowboat would be 50-60 ft.

Asked by: Martin jenkins  | Thursday 31 August, 9.42pm | no answers yet - add one

Bow thrusters for single handed boating

Hello. Myself and a good friend are considering jointly buying a narrowboat.I have done a considerable amount of boating in the past but now I would mostly be travelling single handed. I would appreciate fellow boaters thoughts on whether a bow thruster would be a necessity/a big help and if so about how much are the to buy and fit?

Asked by: Martin jenkins  | Thursday 31 August, 9.40pm | 2 answers

over tight stern gland ??

hello all, wondered if all you wonderful people could advise me .
we have just bought a lovely 46ft narrowboat , the stern gland is dripping a little which i understand is normal, but after about 32 hours cruising over 4 days and regularly giving it a little turn of grease each evening i have noticed the drip being more frequent , so i tightened up the stern gland by about half a turn both sides but now the prop does not turn as freely by hand as it used to before, should i worry about it and maybe loosen it a little or not , any opinion would be greatly appreciated. happy cruising

Asked by: jean-marc bedos  | Wednesday 30 August, 5.39pm | 3 answers

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