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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

Tiger bamboo or ?

I want to replace the tatty laminate floor in the saloon of my new boat and want to use tiger bamboo
Would this type of wood be suitable ?
It's 15mm thick and and 133mm wide
I fancied something other than oak !
Any advice would be much appreciated

Asked by: josie pledge  | Thursday 26 May, 9.16pm | 2 answers

LPG combI

can an LPG combi boiler be. Fitted to a narrowboat, or would it just eat the gas.just for showering and an hours heating on cold mornings.thanks in advance for your advice/ help regards terry

Asked by: terry  | Wednesday 18 May, 8.04pm | 3 answers

Boating Etiquette

On a recent trip on the Shropshire Union Canal I intended to wind in a small winding hole in the woods just outside Norbury Junction. I indicated my intention to a following boat and to one some distance away coming in the opposite direction. I began my turn. The boat behind slowed to allow my turn and as I completed it the boat that had been coming the other way suddenly appeared alongside me passing at a fair rate of knots.
I was unable to speak to the skipper of the boat as I was fully employed trying to steady my boat which had been pushed across the canal into the mouth of the winding hole by his wash, he obviously had no intention of slowing down.
The skipper of the boat that was behind me remonstrated with him but received a severe finger wagging and I later learned was told in no uncertain terms that " he had right of way and it was my place to wait in the winding hole for him to go past, I was in the wrong and he had every right to pass at the speed he did"
Both myself and the skipper of the boat that had remonstrated with him were rendered speechless by his attitude and rudeness.
I would be interested to learn if there are any hard and fast rules regarding winding and rights of way. I have always waited for boats to turn and in the 20 plus years I have been boating boats have always waited for me unless I have called them through.
I have always prided myself on my canal etiquette and would hate to think I was doing something wrong------AM I WRONG.

Asked by: Robert Cowling   | Friday 13 May, 10.02am | 3 answers

Electrical power requirements

If I want to run a glass fusing kiln on board which has a power rating of 2.4kw and 10 amps, will this be okay whilst connected to a marina 16 amp hookup, and whilst cruising? We don't have a boat yet so what would be the minimum and optimum rated inverter or electrical supply for the boat we choose so that the kiln can be run for several hours during a firing of glass?

Asked by: Raymond Fowler  | Thursday 12 May, 8.54am | 2 answers

Tiller arm

Hi hope someone is able to help I have a fiftyfour foot cruiser stern and would like to know if can change the swan neck tiller to a taller one as the one thats on is ok for me but when i have my sons on board that are over 6ft+ they find it to short allso where can I get a new or second hand swan neck from.
Thanks Lez

Asked by: Lez Brennan  | Tuesday 10 May, 1.42pm | 2 answers

Satellite mobile

Hi can you please help with issue date for magazine giving information regarding satellite phone as we are looking to buy one which will give the best signal available in case of emergencies and we remember reading it in one of the Waterways Magazine. Many thanks

Asked by: Helen Bennett  | Thursday 5 May, 9.09pm | 1 answer

water pump does not stop

I have a pressurised water system which recently the motor keeps on 'pumping' even when the water is not used. No leaks noted! occasionally the pressure relief valve opens and discharges water overboard. Currently switching pump on when needed suggestions welcome

Asked by: Chris Raine  | Monday 2 May, 10.29pm | 2 answers

Fixing Corrosion

Fixing A; Brass Roof Vents to Steel Roof.
B; Steel Hinge to Aluminium Engine Cover.
Your Advice please

Asked by: Michael Clement  | Wednesday 27 April, 2.57pm | 3 answers

gearbox oil

Can anyone tell me what the correct gearbox oil I should put in my gardner
2uc gearbox, it is the original gearbox built with the engine in 1934.

Asked by: andy wakler  | Tuesday 26 April, 4.58pm | 1 answer

Painting narrowboat

Why is it recommended to add a thinner to top coat when painting a narrowboat?

Asked by: Dave Snarey  | Monday 11 April, 3.27pm | 2 answers

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