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Calorifier life

How long can one expect a standard copper calorifier to last?

Asked by: Peter McLaren  | Friday 16 August, 12.27pm | 2 answers

Boating up the Humber

Hi, though we're not completely new to boating we've found ourselves having bought a narrowboat on the River Ancholme.
We need to get it up the Humber and Trent rivers to Keadby, and then onto the network to really get full use of our boat.
Can anyone tell us what we need to know to do this journey that differs from a regular canal journey? Any tips however small will be gratefully received.
Cheers, Dunk

Asked by: Duncan Wright  | Thursday 15 August, 9.22pm | 1 answer

British Naturism web site re: W.W. Page 13 Sept 2019

To direct you to the BRITISH NATURISM web site without coming across other non naturist web sites that may have sexual content.
BRITISH NATURISM : www.bn.org.uk
International Naturist Federation : www.inf-fni.org/Home
Google may say inf-fni.org is not safe. The link is fine - linked from bn.org.uk

Asked by: Gary  | Saturday 10 August, 4.41pm | no answers yet - add one

Old magazine editions

I am hoping for some advice on what to do with old waterways world editions. I have all editions from 1975 onwards with the majority in binders. Not sure if anyone would want them or whether I recycle them ?

Asked by: kate  | Saturday 3 August, 5.17pm | 1 answer

Baseplate corrosion

In looking at a prospective purchase of an 11 year old nb, the hull inspection has revealed widespread pitting of the unblacked baseplate to a depth of 3mm. While the costs of protective work is clear - what impact does this have on the intrinsic value of the boat?

Asked by: Philip Wallington  | Friday 19 July, 10.20am | 3 answers

Cruising Speed

Hi I have just returned from a trip on the Shropie and was frustrated on may occasions by boats much travelling slower than myself and not looking behind to check for other boats and allow me to indicate that I wish to overtake. Can you, or other boaters, advise me on the most appropriate way to indicate to the boat in front that I wish to overtake.
Regards Peter Heath

Asked by: Peter Heath  | Thursday 18 July, 7.42pm | 1 answer

Hydrogen for generators

What are the issues when it comes to using hydrogen gas to power a generator?

Asked by: Mark Jeffries  | Sunday 14 July, 5.56pm | 3 answers

Scaly deposit in water tank

We have an aluminium water tank on our 2005 Sea Otter which has hard white deposits that block the pump filter. The tank is inaccessible and we've flushed it through with copious amounts of water. The problem hasn't gone away. Do you have any ideas to solve the problem? Do you know of a chemical that wouldn't make the problem worse considering it's an aluminium tank? Removal of the tank would be difficult and costly. Any suggestions gratefully received. Thanks for your time.

Asked by: Claire Scholes   | Sunday 7 July, 11.20am | 4 answers

Boat Electrics

I would much appreciate the answers to the following.
What is a SHUNT, and what is it used for, what is its purpose.
How close should the battery fuse be to the battery. Is it a good idea to have extra thick cable to this fuse than used after fuse?
Why fit the engine start battery to the bank by way of Negative. Why do this.
IF not so, should I re-wire the fridge directly from batteries [Will add fuse near battery end]. Is it worth going much thicker with cable than genuinely needed, say 16mm sq. for 5-6 meter run ? And would negative need to match positive mmsq ?
Finally is there a good book with all this in and a list of boat electric terms for items used?
My boat is a Viking 28 NB cruiser with 200 watt (max) solar with
Victron 75/15 Smart controller. Engine output 15 amps.
I had asked a Q. in the past but did not understand the cable layout as described. Diagrams are easy to follow for not so technical me.
Sorry if this has been asked in the past

Asked by: Gary  | Tuesday 18 June, 12.23am | 2 answers


Has anyone used Black Jack bitumen for the hull on their boat? if so, how effective was it?

Asked by: Ivan Davies  | Wednesday 5 June, 9.46am | 1 answer

Internal Height

Hi, could anyone tell me the approximate internal height of a 10' wide beam?

Asked by: David Wright  | Wednesday 29 May, 7.03pm | 2 answers

Streamline fabrications

Hi,I'm looking at a 2005 boat built by streamline fabrications in Cheshire.
Does anyone have any info about Them?

Asked by: Tony Meredith  | Tuesday 28 May, 2.21pm | 2 answers

Boat design

First of all, big thanks to Mark Langley for the very useful seminar. He mentioned a tool on the website to aid designing your own Narrowboat. I can't find it. I don't own a computer any more and just use iPad Pro 11".

Asked by: Kevin Wheatley  | Monday 27 May, 8.24pm | 3 answers

Crick Seminars

Hi I was at Crick on Saturday in the designing a boat Mark Langley mentioned that there was a website where you could get guidance on the requirements or regulations for fitting the boat out at the time I thought I would be able to remember but no I forgot could you please pSs this on to Mark for his attention, Thanks Steve Oates
Ps the seminars were very useful and informative

Asked by: Steve Oates  | Monday 27 May, 2.30pm | 4 answers

Covering insulation

Do I need to cover my Rockwool insulation with a vapour control barrier before I put my wooden panels on it?

Asked by: Rebekah Watson  | Monday 13 May, 10.37pm | 5 answers

Solid fuel stove

Hello, I want to install a multi fuel stove on our sailaway narrowboat, what dimensions do I have to build the hearth, ive looked on the bss and the looked at the diagram they have and can not build the hearth that big as we have limited space, any advice would be great

Asked by: Vince Sherlock  | Sunday 5 May, 3.18pm | 1 answer

Cruising canal network

Is there a suggested route to cruise the entire navigable network?
Roughly how long would it take, if travelling for 6 hours a day?
Are there any recommended sites to read about the experience of others?

Asked by: Rachel Eglinton  | Saturday 4 May, 10.59am | 3 answers

Cruising canal network

Is there a suggested route to cruise the entire navigable network?
Roughly how long would it take, if travelling for 6 hours a day?
Are there any recommended sites to read about the experience of others?

Asked by: Rachel Eglinton  | Saturday 4 May, 10.59am | no answers yet - add one

replacing deck board

The board over the engine is a single sheet of 18mm buffalo board approx 820 X 1150mm. This is quite heavy.
Would 12mm be OK - possibly with two extra battens across the width

Asked by: JDR Lloyd  | Saturday 27 April, 4.17pm | 1 answer

Missing plate

I have lost the plate that attaches the throttle control to the rear of my boat. Any idea of where I can source a new one?
(Posted on behalf of Robin)

Asked by: Robert Cowling   | Wednesday 24 April, 10.28am | 1 answer

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