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I have a fair bit of rust on the floor of the bow on my cruiser style narrowboat ( the built in water tank is beneath this area)
I have been told to strip back the rust then use Vactan before a primer and then a few coats of paint
Can anyone suggest a good primer and top coat paint ?
I'm hoping to also loosen the bolts to the water tank cover so I can see what's going on inside !!!!
And suggestions would be much appreciated

Asked by: josie pledge  | Saturday 23 July, 7.59pm | 3 answers

Boat security

In light of a recent report of a narrowboat being stolen, I was wondering if there are additional engine security devices similar to those fitted to cars, for example, immobilisers that would prevent a boats engine being started without a transponder fob. We are yet to buy our boat but if seems me that this most basic of security features is overlooked. Maybe it will be a case of buying an immobiliser unit intended for use in cars and adapting it to suit.

Asked by: Raymond Fowler  | Thursday 21 July, 2.05pm | 4 answers

Control of Hire-boat Company Locations

Is there anything that CRT can do to stop hire-boat companies from mooring their boats two or three deep leaving only space for one boat to proceed for sometimes quite a distance.

Asked by: grayham pope  | Thursday 21 July, 12.19pm | no answers yet - add one

Infrared heating

Has anyone experience of infrared heating for their boat?

Asked by: C Baldwin  | Wednesday 13 July, 5.46pm | 6 answers

Price for fitting an inverter.

A retired boater lady neighbour has purchased a used inverter to replace her old, broken one.
Her usual mobile service engineer wants £150 to fit it and I believe that is way too expensive.
He will travel 15 miles to be here.
Any advice is appreciated.
Mr Smith.

Asked by: Trevor Smith  | Monday 11 July, 6.36pm | 1 answer

Info for publication

Please can you tell me the lead time for information to go into the September issue
Many Thanks

Asked by: Harold Bond  | Wednesday 6 July, 12.18pm | 3 answers


Should I secure a mooring before buying a narrowboat?

Asked by: David Croft  | Monday 4 July, 5.46am | 3 answers

Lombardini engines

What are they like

Asked by: Tony Price  | Friday 1 July, 1.26pm | 1 answer

Printers on board

Has anyone got any tips for using/storing/locating a printer on board? We have a fairly standard 57' narrowboat, with a fair bit of storage, but I am after a nice designed solution. Alternatively could anyone recommend a small printer. Most seem very large with (not required) scanning screens.

Asked by: owen  | Wednesday 29 June, 8.28pm | 5 answers


Maybe it is my sailing background, but I find the number of cleats on narrowboats (one big one forward, and two aft, a little restrictive, especially when mooring with a spring as I often do, even on waterways without a current.
Is there any advice please about adding mooring cleats.

Asked by: owen  | Wednesday 29 June, 7.33pm | 2 answers


Can i use a normale iron to do my ironing I have a 1600 converter but have been told that i could blow the converter up.
Thaks Lez

Asked by: Lez Brennan  | Wednesday 29 June, 2.57pm | 2 answers

Propeller size & distance

Hello, we are about to take our trip boat out of the water for hull inspection and possible blacking. Whilst out we want to look at the configuration of prop shaft and propeller. Is there any guidance on propeller distance from back plate and size of prop. Our narrow boat is 42 feet long. Thank you

Asked by: Roger Tapping  | Monday 20 June, 12.54pm | 6 answers

Leaking cratch

Late last year we had a cratch cover made. It's mainly doing a good job but, like many cratch covers, the sides can be rolled up and fixed with straps. Where the s/s turnbuckle is the rain seems to be getting in where the spikes of the turnbuckle pierce the fabric and hence runs down the straps internally. How can we seal it??

Asked by: Roger Munt  | Monday 20 June, 12.33pm | 2 answers

New build

What is the optimum capacity for fresh water,fuel tank for engine/heating,fuel tank for a stove and a holding tank for a pump out toilet . It is for a 58 feet narrow boat for 2 people and a dog ,residential use with visitors .

Asked by: costas  | Sunday 19 June, 5.12pm | 4 answers

Fixed dinette plans

Can anyone help me i am looking for some fixed dinette plans much apprieciated

Asked by: martin pollard  | Sunday 19 June, 9.09am | 1 answer

Paint on Stamford

Can you give more details of the Red Matt Deck Pint on the roof of Stamford

Asked by: David Hargreaves  | Saturday 11 June, 12.05pm | 2 answers

Replacement single mattress

Any idea where to source fabric covered single mattress/cushion?

Asked by: Arthur Pritchett  | Monday 6 June, 9.01pm | 2 answers

Heat exchanger

A few months ago you featured a new product - a heat exchanger to fit in the engine coolant circuit with 2 ports to connect to the radiator circuit. I need one of these, but I don't keep old copies of the magazine. Can you point me towards this product - make and model number?

Asked by: Leonard Lawson  | Monday 6 June, 3.24pm | 3 answers

Water Tank Maintenance

My narrowboat has an integral fresh water tank. I have read that these should be painted internally at intervals. But there is no access to the tank at all other than the filler. What can I do to ensure the water remains drinkable and not full of rust?

Asked by: Rod Nelson  | Monday 6 June, 12.41pm | 2 answers

Boat lifting

Where can I get my 60x10 widebeam lifted into canal/river network, north and south of the UK. Weighs about 34 ton.

Asked by: Alec McCann  | Saturday 28 May, 8.09am | 1 answer

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