Got a technical question or a boating query? Post your quandaries here and pick the brains of the WW team. You can also add your answers to others' questions, or browse through previous answers.
I am having problems with the heating of the water from my engine to the calorifier! Sometimes it's getting hot but other times it isn't! Can anybody help with this please? Paulnderszo
Asked by: Paul Repton | Friday 16 March, 6.25pm | 3 answers
I am planning a few boat jobs for the spring and,having spent part of last year sorting out the wood burner, I wondered if it was advantageous to fill the cavity between the inner and outer skin of a double skinned chimney. I have searched online and various people have filled the cavity with fire resistant foam, rockwool, or tin foil and others say there is nothing to gain.
Asked by: Andy Hunter | Friday 16 March, 4.50pm | 4 answers
i have a beta 35 engine the manual says use mineral based oil for none turbo engines. can i use oil that says on the label for turbo and none turbo engines
Asked by: christopher smith | Thursday 15 March, 8.47am | 2 answers
Where can I buy deckboards for my narrowboat, preferably in the Surrey, Southern counties area ?
Asked by: John Keane | Monday 12 March, 12.16pm | 4 answers
I know Tyler Wilson build on a Birmingham square base plate that is wider than the standard 2 meters.Are there any other hull builders using this wider base plate?
Asked by: John Dibble | Monday 12 March, 8.42am | 4 answers
We are planning to continuous cruise for the whole of the summer, we are both on long term medication and I wondered how continuous cruisers are able to repeat there prescriptions when the doctor will only write a prescription for two months at a time, this must be a problem for a lot of people and I wonder how they got around this.
Asked by: John Geobey | Saturday 10 March, 10.16am | 1 answer
I am thinking of buying a narrowboat with an airdraft of 6 feet 1 inch. We want to see the system, and would like to know how many canals this airdraft would rule out.
Asked by: Ben Mitchell | Wednesday 7 March, 1.37pm | 2 answers
I have been reading about Elecol 115 Ah AGM Solar batteries which are quite expensiveat £179 and they have a 7 year warranty. I presently have 4 wet cell batteries going into my third year with and they seem ok.However I do look after them but still have to top them up quite regularly and as I am getting older I have to be a bit of a contortionist to do them.
I hope to get at least five years from them so two lots of wet batteries would last me for 10 years at a cost of approx £700. However if I could get 10 years out of say the Elecol Batteries cost would be approx. £720 and I would have no maintenance. My boat is kept in a marina and I have shore power and a good quality battery charger. Are these Elecol batteries up to the job or can you recomend others just as good.
Asked by: boatfitout | Tuesday 6 March, 10.51pm | 2 answers
My previous boat was 12v only so there was no alternative. Now I have a suitable inverter but given that I intend to spend most of the season off the marina (and 240v) what is the best option/screen size etc?
Asked by: Brian Woods | Tuesday 6 March, 10.14pm | 2 answers
Trying to plan routes for the season. I had planned to go south, Kennet & Avon etc but with water shortages have written that off. Where do you think might be best this year? (Based Braunston)
Asked by: Gordon Lane | Tuesday 6 March, 7.51pm | 2 answers
Is there enyone running fender makeing and triditional rope work courses. I seem to remember an add in recent issue but cant see it enywere. Eny info would be very helpfull. Many Thanks
Asked by: Nick Woodards | Sunday 4 March, 5.10pm | 2 answers
We are looking to buy a generator for our 42 foot narrow boat. The main use for this would be to charge the batteries when doing a short days cruising. It would also be used to charge a laptop and mobile phones. We currently have an electric fridge, cd/radio and lighting which are powered by 2 leisure batteries. Any advice would be appreciated
Asked by: Mike Hodder | Saturday 25 February, 2.12pm | 3 answers
Can foil insulation be bonded to GRP cabin sides with Automotive grade carpet trim over the foil to finish. If so, what is the recommended adhesive?
Asked by: chris king | Saturday 25 February, 7.38am | 4 answers
In testing my fan I made from the Stove Fan project in last months WW - the wires from the TEC 100W to the motor are getting very hot from the stove- do I need to worry about this?
Asked by: Robert Hilsdon | Friday 24 February, 9.19am | 3 answers
Where can i purchase a 12volt radio/television/DVD player.
Asked by: John Geobey | Thursday 16 February, 12.33pm | 5 answers
Thinking of looking at a boat built by Lees narrrowboats which i understand went bust in 2006. Apparantly they got their shells from morrocco. What is the general opinion on the shell quality?
Asked by: Paul Jones | Wednesday 15 February, 2.09pm | 2 answers
I have a Valor Willow stove on our boat. We seem to have an air problem, it doesn't draw very well. I have checked Valors website and they recommend a flue/chimney length of at least 4.5 metres. Other manufacturers recommend similar length flues. How do I get my stove to burn better, with the standard boat flue/chimney?
Asked by: Tom Brady | Sunday 12 February, 7.39pm | 5 answers
My boat is now three years old and I have a stainless steel water tank, when new I put in the recomended hygiene tablets (can not remeber their name)and have done nothing since, what would you recomend I do for this years boating and future years.We do not drink water from the tank but do wash vegetables with it.
Asked by: David Anderson | Sunday 12 February, 1.03pm | 2 answers
can anyone tell me if you can successfully run a dab digital radio in side a canal boat or do you have to have an external aerial, I am thinking of getting a combined cd and dab,
Asked by: Peter Wright | Thursday 9 February, 9.53pm | 2 answers
RE : Alternator Problem or Battery Problem ?
Following up my original query on 27th January - I have now had an opportunity to carry out tests etc. suggested by Mark Langley and Rupert Smedley.
Battery voltage decay over four days : Start 12.58 to 12.58 (= 0), Domestic #1 12.56 to 12.56 (= 0), Domestic #2 12.56 to 12.55 (= 0.01, are meters that precise ?)
On charge individually from the alternator :
Start 15.08v, Domestic #1 15.14v, Domestic #2 15.18v : ambient temperature just above freezing.
The two domestic batteries together, start battery disconnected, 14.83v : all three batteries on charge together 14.81v.
The batteries are bog-standard lead-acid, bought from a reputable chandlery - the two domestics are "leisure". No particular cell is using more water than the others.
I think the batteries have had a gentle life : we do perhaps ten weeks' cruising a year, + odd weekends and odd days. When at base, (until this problem started ) they have been on 'float charge' as advocated in WW by Graham Booth some years ago.
There is absolutely no "glow" at all in the warning lamp when charging : the alternator was load-tested by Carwoods (Coventry), who replaced the regulator, before being returned, with the following results :
Off-load 14.5v, 21a. On load 14.3v, 41a. At increased load 14.1v, 55a. - all at 3329 alternator rpm., which would be fast cruising for the boat.
I have not checked so far the voltage between the warning lamp terminal and battery positive - this will require dismantling of shelves at the back of the boat, and time has not allowed.
Asked by: Richard Smith | Sunday 5 February, 12.07pm | 1 answer