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Corect way to fit an Inverter

Please advise the correct way to install an Inverter. The boats batteries are charged via the engine alternater and 2 solar panels, 100w each. I installed a1000w inverter but have no 240v output. The inverter is new.Both poss. and neg. leads of the inverter are secure to bat. poles. Thank you John Dymond.

Asked by: John Dymond  | Tuesday 4 March, 1.35pm | 2 answers

Pole Priming

That biennial job of repainting our narrowboat pole has come round again. Some of the paint is back to the bare wood and I wondered what you would recommend as a primer prior to painting with boat enamel (Rylard primrose yellow and Mason's steel blue)? I have aluminium wood primer, conventional Dulux wood primer and Craftsmaster anti-corrosive grey primer. I'd prefer not to add to my extensive collection of paint tins!

Asked by: Clive Dutson  | Wednesday 26 February, 2.39pm | 1 answer

Plating cost.

I was thinking off buying a narrowboat. The surveyor said some plating work needs doing to the side. How much would the plating work cost and would the inside require ripping out for wielding?

Asked by: owen  | Friday 21 February, 5.26pm | 1 answer

Where can USB Charging Ports be Obtained?

Interesting idea in the March 2014 issue but google searches have found nothing that looks suitable. Where can these USB ports be obtained?

Asked by: Clive Dutson  | Sunday 16 February, 5.49pm | 1 answer

Residential Moorings

Hi Can anyone tell me the best places to find where there are residential moorings / marina locations? I am really struggling to find any.

Asked by: Christopher Knight  | Monday 10 February, 5.52pm | 1 answer

Beginners Guide

Hi, Me and the Mrs are seriously considering living on a houseboat so i am currently spending all my time researching. so has anyone got any advice for me? i'm really looking to find out about the running costs as there seems to be lots of different things to keep up with. we are planning on living on a wide beam boat on a permanent home mooring somewhere around Essex. the main thing i am struggling to find is costs of moorings and places with them.
any help really would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks very much.

Asked by: Christopher Knight  | Monday 10 February, 12.27am | 3 answers

Who will fit a Bubble Corner Stove

Hi, Is there anyone out there that will fit a diesel fired Corner Bubble stove into my boat or do you know of anyone, I know this will not be cheap. My boat is on the Shropshire Union near Chester. Greatful for any help Chris

Asked by: chris roberts  | Monday 3 February, 4.23pm | no answers yet - add one


What is in a sealed battery that enables it to be used without a regular top up like the more cheaper lead acid type

Asked by: george  | Sunday 2 February, 3.34pm | 6 answers


Right lets have it you experts ,Solar Panels or Wind Turbine do they do the same job power wise ,can I run a boats electrics with the power put out by iether of these bits of kit?

Asked by: Andy Durler  | Sunday 26 January, 1.27pm | 2 answers

electric shower

how easy is it to put an electric shower on your narrow boat? any handy tips?

Asked by: maggi huckfield  | Monday 20 January, 8.53pm | 2 answers

Narrowboat painting

I'm narrowing down my choice of company to paint my boat this year or next and have talked to people offering hand painting by brush, spray painting and, now, hand painting by roller. I've more or less ruled our spray painting but is there a significant difference between hand painting by brush and by roller?

Asked by: Paul Taylor  | Friday 17 January, 9.38am | 3 answers


Yes its that man again braining you guys that know all. Can your experts describe to me in laymans terms what happens from the batteries being charged to the inverter giving me the right sort of voltage to power my water heating TV and the likes .

Asked by: Andy Durler  | Thursday 16 January, 2.00pm | 6 answers


my skin tank on my narrowboat measures 3foot 4 inch long x 1 foot 7 inch high x 2 inch thick.can you tell me how much mixed antifreeze i would need to fill the skin tank please

Asked by: christopher smith  | Thursday 9 January, 7.53pm | 2 answers

thickness of hull etc.

Can someone who knows tell me the exceptable thickness of a narrow boat hull,sides etc. I am aware the magic 10-6-4 but what is acceptable? Thanx in advance.

Asked by: Andy Durler  | Monday 6 January, 5.59pm | 3 answers

Where to put a cooker on our narrowboat

We're redesigning our kitchen and intended having an 'L' shape with the cooker to the side. I noticed in your January issue when you're reviewing the narrowboat you say 'they sensibly put the cooker down the centre line'. Could you let me know why it's better to do this? Many thanks, Pat

Asked by: Pat Snarey  | Sunday 5 January, 4.00pm | 3 answers


How does one stop water in the holding tank from freezing,is this a problem?

Asked by: Andy Durler  | Saturday 4 January, 10.06am | 6 answers

adding batteries to an existing bank.

I am taking on a boat for the first time in Feb.The boat has a bank of three liesure and one starter which I presume is fine when moored and plugged into 240v . I am thinking of adding one possibly three for the purposses of having sufficient power whilst moving around the cut.Will this affect the existing setup or is this acceptable.There is a 2000 victrone invertor on the boat.And on the same vien is it possible for me to plug a generator straight into the system for power as required? Yeah I know lots of asks

Asked by: Andy Durler  | Thursday 2 January, 10.19am | 6 answers

Water leak from Alde boiler

A small puddle of water forms occasionally under the boiler on our boat. There's what looks like a drain hose (clear plastic tube, about a quarter inch diameter) at the foot of the boiler: the hose does not drain into anything - it rests on the floor -and seems to have water droplets in it sometimes. Could this be the cause? There don't appear to be any leaks from the boiler itself.

Asked by: Paul Taylor  | Wednesday 1 January, 5.49pm | 2 answers


does any one know the rules regarding fishermen on the canals i.e how far away from boats
cant get no joy from crt

Asked by: karen  | Saturday 21 December, 8.29pm | 2 answers

6v batterys

i plan to fit 2 x 125 amp 6volt batts to give me 12 volts by useing 2x125amp 6v batts will my total capacity at 12v be 250 amp or 125amp thanks

Asked by: christopher smith  | Saturday 14 December, 2.37pm | 4 answers

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