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Doug Moore boats

We have a 1985ish Doug Moore built in Barnoldswick it was his fifth boat built there. In weld at the front on one side he has signed his name and No.5 but on the other side he has signed his name but put S35 We wondered what S35 meant.?

Asked by: glynis  | Friday 17 April, 4.24pm | no answers yet - add one

63 foot boat

can I bring a 63 foot narrow boat from York to the Shropshire union canal, thanks

Asked by: andy wakler  | Wednesday 15 April, 6.49pm | 2 answers

Fitting out a Sailaway and the RCD

I have been beavering away having been fitting out the sailaway that I purchased last year.
Assuming that I would not be selling within 5 years and the difficulties that conforming to the RCD would present to me as a novice I decided that it would be best to work towards the BSS.
My confusion is that I assumed 5 years began from when I received the boat and cruised it for the first time, but I have heared it is from when I actually "finish" the fit out. The fit out has potentially been finished for a while but as I learn more I keep changing things so I don't envisage it actualyl really ever being totally finished.
My builder has provided the declaration of conformity document and the boat is CE marked with the builder's plate and Hull ID number. I spoke to him recently and he said that I didn't even need to wait 5 years, as long as I acquired a BSS certificate once the declaration had expired then it was fine to sell on.
So my question is, when does the 5 years actually start? and is my builder correct in what he is saying?
Thanks in advance

Asked by: Phil  | Monday 13 April, 7.10pm | 2 answers

Changing layout

Is it straightforward to change a double bed area into a dinette and an area housing 2 singles into a crossover double? Would work like this be costly?

Asked by: Adele Gregory  | Sunday 12 April, 10.16pm | 1 answer


Our narrowboat, which is showing some rust just above the waterline, is scheduled for blacking in the autumn. Most boatyards only seem to do two coats of basic blacking like Intertuf 16 whereas I always thought three were recommended. Also does it make any difference whether the blacking is applied by brush or roller. It has been suggested to me that rollering achieves achieves a thicker coat and therefore that two coats are okay.

Asked by: Clive Dutson  | Tuesday 7 April, 12.25pm | 2 answers

when I run the taps the electric cuts out

When I run the tap or flush the loo the electric goes off we are connected to shore power ? The batteries say charging

Asked by: Denise DelRosso  | Monday 6 April, 7.47pm | 1 answer

Beta Engines fault

We have become aware of a problem with Beta engines where the extended front crankshaft pulley becomes loose and damages the threads and keyways on the front of the crankshaft. This has happened to the engine on our share boat and a relative's liveaboard, both with several thousand hours use. We were advised that this is a well known problem related to loading the front of the Kubota engine crank. Having just bought our own boat with a Beta 43, with 2k hours, do you have any knowledge of this and what preventative steps steps should we take to avoid an expensive breakdown? I understand that it is difficult to check the tightness of the front pulley nut as it requires a specialist extended castellated 43mm socket.

Asked by: Donald Starr  | Friday 3 April, 3.40pm | 1 answer


Trying to locate hard copy of BSS Essential Guide [2nd Edition]. CRT Website no help!
Any ideas?

Asked by: Michael Clement  | Monday 30 March, 4.59pm | 2 answers

Mindon Marine Widebeam Narrowboat

We have just purchased the above mentioned boat in France which needs some TLC. Has anyone refurbished one of these and, if so, could they offer some suggestions. Many thanks

Asked by: donna  | Saturday 28 March, 10.57am | no answers yet - add one

Fuel Filtration

Installing new Barrus 50 hp engine in 57 foot new build. Looking to install extra filters to lessen chance of future problems.Advise please!

Asked by: Michael Clement  | Thursday 26 March, 3.28pm | 4 answers

Double glazing windows

Has anyone gone from single glazed to double glazed windows due to the good ol' condensation problem. I've got 12 [21" x 36"]to change so want the best price but also have read about double glazed windows breaking down and condensation leaks due to the vibration of the boat affecting the window glazing seals. Thanks BG

Asked by: bill goad  | Tuesday 24 March, 5.54pm | no answers yet - add one

Re-skinning a GRP ROOF AND SIDES

we have been rather taken with a dartline narrowboat that has a steel hull and grp top and sides. A survey has revealed the roof needs strengthening and re-skinning, she is 53ft and I hoping someone could help us with a rough price how much it would cost to put it right.

Asked by: aaron tweed  | Sunday 22 March, 6.58pm | 1 answer

Mooring hook, how do you attach it to a chain with rings?

I'm an armchair narrowboat enthusiast in USA. I saw a youtube video, subject: using a mooring hook on a chain with rings, wondering how do you attached the two, do you (1) feed one of the chain-rings from the open end to the closed end of the mooring-hook, (2) attach the mooring-hook to the chain with a chain-loop by passing the small ring through the large ring?

Asked by: rmalcolm  | Thursday 19 March, 5.21pm | 1 answer

which TV aerial?

I use a 240v tv/dvd player combo on my narrowboat, only having played dvd's so far. I want to watch TV now: what sort of aerial should I buy? I'd like it to be a low-lying type.

Asked by: Paul Taylor  | Thursday 19 March, 1.30pm | 2 answers

what anchor?

I have a 53ft narrowboat, what type of anchor do I need, how heavy should it be, what length and what size of chain and length and size of rope? I have read so many articles and am more confused. What is the most likely sonario that I would need to use a anchor in the first place?
Many Thanks
David Gibbons. ND Lazy Daze.

Asked by: david gibbons  | Sunday 15 March, 9.21pm | 1 answer

Bollard mooring

Its an assumption, I'm not a narrow-boater, I'm in USA editing an article, are canal bollard moorings for temporary, live mooring; rather than secure long term mooring? I've seen them on approach of a lock.

Asked by: rmalcolm  | Sunday 15 March, 7.40pm | 2 answers

Folding seat as in feb issue on dune lark narrowboat

Is there any plans or advice on building this great looking space saving seat

Asked by: catherine sloan  | Sunday 15 March, 10.34am | 2 answers

heater on petrol engine boat

Can I install a diesel water central heating boiler on my petrol engine boat.I cant find the answer in the Boat safety guide.

Asked by: laurence  | Wednesday 11 March, 8.20pm | 5 answers

48 hr moorings

if I use the last ring on the 48hr mooring and the rest of my boat is on pins am I ok for 14 days, my boat is 57 feet, thank you.

Asked by: andy wakler  | Tuesday 10 March, 10.02pm | 1 answer

How much Horse Power does a Narrowboat Need?

I am new to boating, but loved my first narrowboat holiday last year, and am considering whether to buy my own boat. Living in Derby, I would probably want to navigate the river Trent at some point. How much horse power should a narrowboat in the 40 - 60 foot range require for river cruising?

Asked by: Rod Nelson  | Tuesday 10 March, 12.28pm | 3 answers

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