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black mills boats

does anyone know who and where Black mills narrow boat builders where and any info on the boats they built

Asked by: peter lewis  | Monday 28 March, 11.56am | no answers yet - add one


Lockgate Stove Service

Hello, I have a Lockgate Sorensen Diesel Stove and i'm looking to get a service as, I think the regulator may have a problem. Does anyone know of an engineer who covers the South East? -Or a marina that would service, in the Lea/Stort area.
Many thanks - Mark

Asked by: Mark  | Friday 25 March, 10.28pm | no answers yet - add one


Tachometer fault

I have a Siemens VDO tachometer with engine hours counter. It's a KI "W" Inductive, N02 012 165 (168). The unit stopped working some time ago. The rev counter is firmly fixed at zero, although the pointer does twitch a little when the ignition switch is turned. The hours display is there but is flashing & has been stuck on 1213.2 for about 40 hours. I have checked the "W" connection at the alternator & at the tacho; both readings are about 7.5 volts. Also, the 12volt supply to the unit seems to be ok. The unit has what appears to be a "reset" button. Pressing it had the same effect as turning off the ignition &, after a few seconds, things returned to how they were. Everything else on the instrument panel is functioning normally. The engine is an Isuzu. Any ideas please?

Asked by: chrissy  | Wednesday 23 March, 8.52pm | 1 answer


Boat Painting

Very interesting to read Graham Booth's article in March WW, though I had always understood that paint should be backed off from bottom to top. My question concerns the use of lacquer instead of varnish: would it work to use a lacquer such as Incralac or an automotive one used over metallic paint?

Asked by: Peter McLaren  | Saturday 19 March, 11.28am | 2 answers


safety certificate

2 questions first do I have to have a bubble tester for the gas test and what are the filter requirements for engine bay bilge pump if the engine has its own section boxed in .

Asked by: mick turner  | Tuesday 15 March, 2.17pm | 3 answers


Engine

As I have asked one or two questions lately, people might guess that I am in the middle of having a boat built.
This months question is the boat is going to be a 60ft narrow beam with a bow thruster a 3.5Kv generator driven by the engine. Engine choices are a 45hp shire or a 43hp beta. It will be a liveaboard and so will be used a lot so reliability and running costs are the main thing to consider plus noise levels

Asked by: Tom Grocott  | Sunday 13 March, 5.52pm | 2 answers


Jumping energy monitor

Follow-up to R Smedley's answer in WW March 2016. My batteries dropped to 75% after several days moored up. However despite long cruising days the batteries did not charge beyond 86% as shown on my Mastervolt combi charger. Back at my marina the mains hook-up quickly took the batteries up to 100%. Testing comparative charging rates in the marina shows higher charging rate on the engine than on the mains hook up. What was going wrong with the charging while we were cruising?

Asked by: Colin Davis  | Thursday 10 March, 4.03pm | 1 answer


Fuel Contamination Advice

I have recently suffered fuel contamination, presumably by water. Following research on-line I added a dose of Aquasolve to the tank which was about half full. Following the additive instructions I then topped up the tank with fresh fuel. When I re-started the engine it smoked, spluttered and died. I drained a milky white substance from the drain plug on my fuel filter so I pumped out fuel from the bottom of the tank. A large amount of a milky white 'emulsion' sank below a pink cloudy quantity of fuel in the plastic container. (photo available) How has this happened? What is the white emulsion? Advice please. Many Thanks.

Asked by: Eamonn Hallmark  | Wednesday 9 March, 12.38pm | 1 answer


Hi Guys

Guys silly question but not much info online about this. Is it possible to reach Chester from London on a wide-beam canal boat,rivers included. i'm not new to sailing but very new to the canals and rivers of the united kingdom.

Asked by: rayray  | Wednesday 9 March, 9.07am | 2 answers


Sailaway fit out

I have been told I can't fit out my sailaway on the C&RT site where we moor. I can't see anything in the T&Cs about this is this correct?

Asked by: Dawn Randall  | Thursday 3 March, 11.00am | 2 answers


size of water pump

what size water pump would you recommendd for a 60' nb driving the usual resources and how does plumbing a second pump into the system work

Asked by: james edge  | Monday 29 February, 10.27am | 2 answers


Alde boiler servicing

Does anyone know of a good gas safe engineer who can service and Alde Boiler (Comfort 2928) on a nb moored in central London? Thanks

Asked by: John Coughlan  | Wednesday 24 February, 9.47am | 3 answers


Stove Fan.

Hello, Why should I pay over £160 for a stove fan when some are available for just under £80. Obviously the more expensive one maybe slightly better but I feel us boaters are ripped off with anything we wish to buy.
Thanks in advance.
Supertrev.
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Asked by: Trevor Smith  | Friday 19 February, 10.27am | 3 answers


co alarm

Read in the March issue "Advice Boat Safety" mentions looking out for standard EN 50291-2 on checking mine it complies with EN-50292 is this the same, better? It is the Nest Protect version 2 unit.

Asked by: Robert Hilsdon  | Saturday 13 February, 11.35am | 1 answer


Converting a small narrowboat into a workshop

I need a new home for my workshop where I do woodturning and pen making. I was thinking of buying an old 23 foot Springer narrowboat, stripping out the interior so I can install my machinery. I have a lathe that weighs about 100kg, a bandsaw, small second lathe and other small machines plus work benches etc. I am concerned about stability of the vessel, and the maximum payload for a boat of this size. Power will come from a hookup in the marina or from an on board generator and the boat will likely be a butty to our main liveaboard boat, but I don't envisage pairing it up for cruising very often. Any help and guidance you can give will be gratefully received. I've also got to ask the marina if they'll allow me to do this because there will be some noise associated with using the machinery, although I wouldn't be using the generator for power whilst moored in the marina.
Thank you in advance and hope to hear from you.
Kind regards
Ray Fowler

Asked by: Raymond Fowler  | Saturday 6 February, 9.11am | 3 answers


Waterways world

What
do lneed to be able to read magazine on line?

Asked by: Barry sharratt  | Thursday 4 February, 12.45pm | 1 answer


Wood Burner

Hi,
Can anyone recommend a company that can install a wood burning stove in my boat.
Cuting the hole in the cabin and so on?
Based in Stoke - Staffordshire.
Cheers

Asked by: Jason Hulme  | Thursday 28 January, 9.51am | 2 answers


engine problem

I have an SR2 Lister hand start ,problem is fuel not reaching injectors any ideas .thanks

Asked by: John Bedford  | Wednesday 27 January, 12.46pm | 6 answers


Can you change the name of a narrowboat?

Is it possible to change the name of a narrowboat? If it is, then how does one go about it (apart from the obvious re-painting)?

Asked by: Rod Nelson  | Tuesday 26 January, 1.36pm | 1 answer


wooden boat repair

HI there, I am considering purchasing a wooden narrowboat and am looking for someone that would be able to do some re-skinning and replace floor and treat bilges. Any advice would be greatly appreciated

Asked by: Amanda Kelleher  | Monday 25 January, 2.33pm | 1 answer

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