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Calcium Silicate Board

How do I fix Calcium silicate board to the wall/batons around my stove

Asked by: Ian CLARK  | Monday 20 March, 8.13pm | 3 answers

engine option

we are in the process of buying anarrowboat.one has perkins mc42.The other a betabv1903s(kabuta).Please could you give comparison thoughts. thankyou

Asked by: mick furner  | Thursday 16 March, 11.25am | 2 answers

Pump out problems - New Boat

Took ownership of our shiny new boat last year on December 16, and been living on it since. I have been using Silky RX holding tank treatment from the word go. Pump outs haven't been a problem until recently. The last three times, when I have been pumping out, the pump out pump at the marina has broken. A share pin has snapped. One fixed I can continue pumping out with no probems, however the next time I need to pump out it breaks again. Has now happened three times in a row. Other boaters don't seem to have a problem. I can't find any blockages that I can think of. I am to scared to go pump out again.

Asked by: Andre Skarzynski  | Monday 13 March, 3.32pm | 6 answers

Attaching a drawing

Have you come across PO toilet systems having a separate flush water tank? Both tanks on same side of boat & of appropriate capacities. Boat ballasting done under "nominal" conditions. Boat will list when pumped out but should right when flush tank refilled. Like to send a diagram if poss. Thanks.

Asked by: Guy Campbell  | Wednesday 8 March, 6.12am | 3 answers


Hi we have a 70ft narrowboat that weighs in at 27 ton what size anchor ect would we need to have ?

Asked by: keith  | Sunday 5 March, 9.47am | 3 answers

Deterring Ducks

Suddenly after 9 years in our marina, ducks have taken to doing ducky-doos on our counter. We have a cruiser stern and have tried installing a 4 inch square net from the pulpit rail to cover the entire counter and tying it down to keep it taut but this hasn't stopped the doos. Maybe we need a net with finer mesh? Any other ideas?

Asked by: Clive Dutson  | Friday 3 March, 12.56pm | 4 answers

Highbridge grp cruisers

Has anyone got information on the Highbridge Crusader 1983 32ft grp cruisers please?Is there an owner's club?A relative of mine has bought one
and water is getting into the cockpit.Dry dock charges are high on the Kennet and Avon [Bath].Also self employed handymen/engineers hard to find there for things like installing a solid fuel boatstove etc

Asked by: brian james  | Thursday 16 February, 8.05pm | 2 answers

Kingspan narrowboat insulation

We are considering having a new bespoke narrow boat built and have visited nine potential builders after visiting Crick last year. Perhaps not surprisingly, we have received various opinions on virtually ever aspect of boat build and design including insulation of the shell.
Most builders seem to use spray foam. But one builder, who we are particularly interested in, uses a Kingspan-sourced ridged foam board which, while giving a consistent thickness would seem to have limitations in insulating hard-to-reach areas. I wondered what your opinion is regarding the merits or otherwise of the two systems?
Trevor Hogg.

Asked by: Andrew Denny  | Monday 13 February, 3.58pm | 2 answers

Have I got a stove leak

I have noticed several tar streaks running down the outside of the stove chimney on the part of the chimney that's inside of the boat. (So running from the roof line down). Do a have a leak between the chimney and the roof fitting?

Asked by: Adam Savory  | Sunday 12 February, 9.47pm | 4 answers

Cable Terminations

Is there anything in either the RCD,BSC or IEE Wiring Regs which requires the fitting of ferrules on cable terminations on 12v DC or 230v AC boat wiring systems ?

Asked by: Rodney Hardwick  | Saturday 11 February, 4.47pm | 4 answers


My late uncle worked on a tug named FALCONBROOK on the Lea Navigation during the 1950's, 60's and 70's. I have seen photos of the tug on the ShipSpotting site taken in Limehouse as recent as 2007. It does look a bit of a relic.Does anyone know its present whereabouts or its ultimate fate if no longer afloat ?? I do have photos

Asked by: John Cooper  | Friday 10 February, 11.18am | 1 answer

Ref grp narrow boat

some 30+ years ago there was a company that was trying to make a GRP narrow boat, what was there name, and what became of them?

Asked by: Bryan Victor Mayle  | Monday 6 February, 1.46pm | 4 answers

Boat cleaning and polishing

I was horrified today when looking for cleaning producs for my narrowboat to find them warning of long term damage to aquatic life and not to discharge them into watercourses! So I didn't buy them.
Any recommendations for environmentally acceptable products?

Asked by: Paul Taylor  | Sunday 5 February, 7.45pm | 2 answers

Replacing rotten mushroom and bullseye vent liners

How do you buy and fit replacement vent liners for mushroom and bullseye vents?

Asked by: david moon  | Friday 3 February, 5.37pm | 2 answers

Ways of getting a good view from the saloon windows

We want to be able to look straight out of the saloon windows when sitting. One option is to increase the depth of the saloon windows so that the lower edge of the window frame is closer to the gunwale than it might be with say a typical 21" window. We may also have to combine this with an increase in the height of the sofa to achieve a good view. Apart from the risk of kicking the window when standing on the gunwale, can anyone see any problem with lowering the bottom edge of the window frame? Has anyone done this?

Asked by: Guy Campbell  | Tuesday 31 January, 6.42pm | 2 answers

Narrow boat Lifting near Ripon Marina

Can anyone advise me where is the nearest marina/boatyard to Ripon Racecourse Marina that can lift a 40 foot narrow boat onto a HGV Trailer please?

Asked by: Jerry Scott-Maber  | Sunday 29 January, 10.25am | 3 answers

Correct Anchor

Hi can anybody tell me the correct anchor, length of chain and size of rope I require. For my new 60ft semi trad narrow boat. We do intent to do quite a bit of river work
Thanks Tom

Asked by: Tom Grocott  | Tuesday 24 January, 11.29am | 1 answer

13ft widebeam

Hi, can I get a 13ft by 60ft widebeam from Sawley Marina to Leicester?are the locks and bridges wide enough?

Asked by: Adrian Chaplin  | Friday 20 January, 9.04pm | 3 answers

Sub-floor, floorboards and ballast

I'm in the process of fitting out a 4 year old 58ft narrowboat. I bought the shell, engine etc. and it has the original ballast and 18mm ply sub-floor which is not in too bad a condition but will need some treatment. I'm in the process of putting down 25mm Celotex between wood batterns (on metal struts) about 55cm apart so quite close together and therefore quite firm.
My intention is to have hardwood T&G floorboards, do you think I need the sub-floor and spend time and money on it as it's already there or better just to remove it for the floorboards. Does the sub-floor make that much of a difference?
As I'm not sure about the ballast and how the boat sits in the water (it's currently on hard standing), I'm just a little concerned as I may need to get to the ballast, once it's in the water, to move things accordingly? The sub-floor will make this much more difficult.

Asked by: Martin Parker  | Tuesday 17 January, 11.24am | 2 answers

Remote control for narrowboat in a lock

i am a single handed boater and wish to avoid clambering on roof when using a lock

Asked by: sharp  | Saturday 14 January, 8.54pm | 3 answers

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