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Raw water cooling

I have a raw water cooled engine and while the water spits out of the exhaust I have another water outlet on the stern side which runs constant stream of cold water only when engine is running, following the pipe it goes to a type of plastic valve then pipes run to engine can you explain what is happening and how to stop it or is this natural, sorry to be a pain as we only picked up boat last weekend thanks jim

Asked by: Jim Bratt  | Friday 16 August, 7.02pm | 1 answer


Boating Forum Q on Overheating

The answer on overheating engines was particularly interesting to me, as I had hoped to avoid these problems by choosing a reputable builder (Evans) and a reputable engine (Beta).
In considering the Alde heat exchanger solution I need to ask if a pump is needed as I assume that my Eberspacher has an integral pump which pushes the water round the system when the heater is on. If a pump is needed, any advice on what and where to fit it would be helpful.
When increasing ventilation, does it have to be outside the boat, or would adding vents inside the boat into the engine room be effective?
Finally, my worst overheating incident occurred when trying to keep up with other boats on leaving Limehouse Lock. Why is it necessary to speed up so much if the passage up the tidal Thames has been properly timed to go up with the rising tide?

Asked by: John Rich  | Thursday 15 August, 9.01am | 2 answers


Hiring a canal boat

Hi,
Please could you give me advice on the issues around hiring out our canal boat. I have read the MCA boat hire code and BSS website and I am well aware that it's not easy, but it is something that I would like to look in to seriously. A key area is clearly insurance. Can anyone let me know companies that provide such insurance?
Regards
Richard.

Asked by: Richard Stimson  | Tuesday 13 August, 9.36pm | 3 answers


High tick over engine

My vetus 3 cyl engine ticks over at 1500 rpm when book says 850 any idea why and how to lower revs, just bought boat and has been in marina for 12 months could it be water in fuel thanks

Asked by: Jim Bratt  | Tuesday 13 August, 6.54am | 2 answers


Engine gauge issues

I have a Vetus 3 cyl engine and when engine is switched off The rev counter reads 15, also when running engine the volt meter is off the scale +16 make of rev counter and Volt meter is Rimmer
How can I sort this Many thanks Jim NB Ghostrider

Asked by: Jim Bratt  | Monday 12 August, 8.44am | 1 answer


Thuner & Lightening

Cruising in our narrowboat on the canals has never caused any problem in storms, as we simply moor up on the canalside and sit it out.
What advice can be given for cruising when lightening rolls in on long cruises on The River Trent (where no interim mooring facilities are available).
I would be the hightest point on the narrowboat, as I would have the tiller, whilst the catering staff shelter inside!

Asked by: John Walsh  | Friday 9 August, 2.42pm | 3 answers


Dogs on board

What breeds of dogs are most suitable for life on a boat.

Asked by: Mr Vernon Whitehair  | Friday 9 August, 1.52pm | 6 answers


Narrowboat painting

I'm looking to have our 50 foot cruiser stern narrowboat painted, probably next year. What should I look out for when selecting a company to do the job so as to be as sure as I can be to get a good quality job done?

Asked by: Paul Taylor  | Thursday 8 August, 5.07pm | 2 answers


Calorifier Problem

We have an unpleasant smell from our calorifier which gets worse when water is hot. There are no obvious leaks and bilges are dry. Water pump runs intermittently when water is very hot - presume that is normal venting? - but the real issue if the 'poo' smell which spreads throughout the under-bed area and into the wardrobe causing clothes to smell offensive. Help!!

Asked by: Barbara Wilson  | Wednesday 7 August, 5.53am | 2 answers


Rudder rattle

The higher I rev my engine, the more my rudder rattles. At about 20000 its rattling so hard that the handle shakes violently and I have to decrease revs. The engine is a brand new and newly fitted beta 38. Very professionally fitted and I have no concerns about that part of that. But why would my rudder handle rattle so much?

Asked by: Carl Young  | Thursday 1 August, 11.28am | 2 answers


Lock length restrictions

I am considering purchasing a 70 ft narrowboat. What canal systems will I not be able to use? I believe there are some locks that can not accommodate a 70ft. What is the longest boat length to be able to travel the whole UK system.

Asked by: richard druitt  | Wednesday 31 July, 5.25pm | 4 answers


Shower pump out

Our boat shower has the sump and bilge pump arrangement. We had to replace the whole unit about 5 years ago due to failure of the automatic float switch. The new design has a float switch integral to the pump and we are now on our third sump pump due to unreliability of the switches. We do keep the filter in place and clean the sump as required. We are considering changing to Whale Gulper type pump. Are these pumps reliable? Are they happy running the whole time we are showering as we are not in feet-in-dirty-water school of showering? Our wash basin empties through the sump. Is it possible to plumb the pump dishwasher style so the wash basin empties by gravity without the need for an extra skin fitting?

Asked by: Clive Dutson  | Wednesday 31 July, 12.01pm | 3 answers


Raised ledge on rear deck

I have recently taken delivery of a 60 x 10 feet wide beam narrowboat and have had a gen set installed beneath the rear deck.The boat builder has left us with a 60mm raised area over the generator which is a trip hazard. Is this legal?

Asked by: Alec McCann  | Wednesday 24 July, 3.55pm | 3 answers


batteries

Is there and danger of a battery exploding left on solar panal trickle charge for a long time. I have to leave my boat for a long time whats the worst senario.
Thanks

Asked by: Sheila  | Tuesday 23 July, 8.08pm | 2 answers


Batteries

Hi I have my boat on a marina but due to ill health we cant get to the boat at the moment I'm worried about the battieres they are being charged by solar panels are they safe to leave for long periods I have heard about there can be a build up of gases is this ture many thanks

Asked by: Sheila  | Friday 19 July, 6.59pm | 1 answer


Can I change from 12V to 6V batteries

I need to buy some new batteries and have seen some 6V giving 230AH as opposed to a 12V only giving 115AH. Is it possible to change from 12V to 6V?

Asked by: Peter  | Friday 12 July, 9.28am | 1 answer


Easylass Windlass

Can you put me in touch with the manufacturer/supplier of this geared ratcheted windlass or similar product.
Many thanks

Asked by: Stephen Ware  | Tuesday 9 July, 5.01pm | 3 answers


boat security 2

How serious a problem is boat theft and break ins. Is their any data on this subject. Was the boat stolen a few months ago from a amarina found ?

Asked by: Mr Vernon Whitehair  | Wednesday 26 June, 3.22pm | 1 answer


boat security

I want to buy a boat security device, to track my boat if it gets stolen and secures my boat from theives trying to break in. What is the best device I can buy and where do I buy it from. Many thanks

Asked by: laura  | Sunday 23 June, 10.17pm | 2 answers


Shower Installation

Hi, Has WW published articles on Shower Installation in Narrowboats. Is next months WW going to have an article on this.
Have you published any articals on Solar Hot Water systems?
Thanks

Asked by: Martin Hickson  | Saturday 15 June, 10.29am | 3 answers

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