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From Horning to Bradford on Avon

We have a Princess 33 moored in Horning Norfolk, Can we navigate via Great Yarmouth, Thames to Bradford on Avon, are there bridge heights to consider? Our air draft is 9ft. Thanks for any help. Will need fuelling, water, and pump out destinations too if anyone could help. Buy you a pint on the way!!

Asked by: Rebecca  | Sunday 9 April, 7.48pm | 1 answer

Engine size

I'm interested in buying a 60ft narrow boat that has a barrus shire 40 Hp with a 17x12 prop ,I plan to cruise the river Trent and soar as well as the canals , is 40 hp on a 60 ft boat adequate

Asked by: wayne rook  | Wednesday 29 March, 8.31pm | 4 answers

Tar stains onyboat

We're getting tar streaks on the side of the boat from the stove chimney. Three things; what causes it, how can I prevent it happening, how can I clean the stains off ( nothings worked so far!).

Asked by: Paul Taylor  | Tuesday 28 March, 5.32pm | 3 answers

Which Cratch Cover

We're looking at getting a cratch cover for our boat and I am wondering which material to choose. I really like the look of canvas but I'm concerned it won't be fully watertight at the seams and the problem of discolouration. I'm not keen on the look of PVC and I'm concerned about the potential of ripping it, or it degrading and splitting over time. Am I getting overly concerned about these fabrics or is there another fabric that would be best. Any advice on which way to go will be appreciated.

Asked by: Raymond Fowler  | Sunday 26 March, 3.17pm | 2 answers

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

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