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Is sand blasting necessary

When having a boat repainted is it necessary to remove the metal oxide by sand blasting or do modern primers key and prevent micro-blistering.I have heard International Paints only guarantee their paint if the surface has been sand blasted.

Asked by: grayham pope  | Tuesday 28 May, 2.29pm | 1 answer

wide boat

what waterway can I go on with a 10ft wide boat

Asked by: Rob Sweeney  | Friday 24 May, 10.47pm | 4 answers

doubling plates?

I have recently seen a riveted iron boat which is clearly a Bantock although no details are available. Along both sides extending down from the waterline to the hard chine there are a series of what, at first sight, appear to be doubling plates riveted to the shell each about 500 mm square and of the same thickness as the shell. They are not all exactly the same shape as they have different corners. There is a square hole in the shell behind each of the plates which has been deliberately cut. Can you tell me what they are and why they were fitted? It has been suggested to me that they were where wooden footings together with an elm bottom were once fitted. If that is so how was that done?

Asked by: JEFFREY WOOD  | Friday 10 May, 11.00am | 2 answers

Alternator/Instrument panel probems

I am having intermittent problems with my alternator/instrument panel on my 10 year old Isuzu LC38.Every 15 minutes or so, the instrument panel warning buzzer 'clicks' rapidly, this progresses to a 'warble' -like a canary. The sound then suddenly stops and the tachometer hand drops to zero. After about 10 minutes, everything returns to normal but the engine revs 'dip' slightly.I have checked wiring , fan belt etc. and when the ignition is on but the engine not started, the warning buzzer and warning lights operate as normal.
Can you help please.

Asked by: Richard Cook  | Tuesday 7 May, 7.51am | 2 answers

Blacking - Waterline Rust

We were surprised to find quite a bit of rust on the waterline of our narrowboat hull after the winter as the boat was only blacked 18 months ago and the anodes were checked and some renewed. It is important to get the boat blacked now or could the job be left to September? What treatment should be done to deal with the rust?

Asked by: Clive Dutson  | Thursday 2 May, 10.14am | 3 answers

Grey Water recycling

I am in the process of designing a 60' x 11.5' liveaboard with the build starting in July this year and want it to be as environmentally friendly as possible. I want to use the grey water on board to flush the toilet but can find no information regarding this on a boat. I have emailed companies who advertise their services for commercial buildings and houses but had no response. Can anyone tell me if it is possible and point me in the right direction

Asked by: David Nei  | Friday 26 April, 7.33pm | 4 answers

Rickmansworth branch

can anyone tell me whether the Rickmansworth Branch is still navigable? Does one need to make any special arrangements to use it?

Asked by: Bob Dewey  | Thursday 25 April, 6.37pm | 3 answers

Russell newbery dm3

Hi anyone have a PDF of the owners manual for a Dm3 I'm new to this engine need to know routine maintenance especially where to put the oil in! Cheers

Asked by: David Bernstein  | Wednesday 24 April, 10.23pm | 1 answer

Protect our British waterways

I have been challenged to design a new method of raising funds for the Canal and River Trust, and thought i'd open my brief to the boating community.
As a charity and charged with the constant upkeep of our inland navigable waterways - they are constantly battling with dwindling funds.
Has anyone had any bright ideas about raising funds?
Any areas or groups of people that would be best to target?
Existing methods include the shaking of plastic buckets, manned by volunteers. Surely this isn't the most effective way of going about it..?!
I look forward to hearing some of your opinions

Asked by: adam grout  | Thursday 18 April, 4.26pm | 4 answers

battery life

i am a liveaboard boater and my batteries are 4 yrs old.previously charging batteries for 1 to 2 hrs every day.when charged they used to read over 13 amps.recently after the the bowlsame amount of time charging they now only read 12.66.also my bath drain pump has not been as effective.the pump hasnt kept up with the discharge of water from my bath into the bowl which is xcontrolled by a float switch.if i start the engine the pump then works fine.do you think that because of the length of time i have had the batteries that the amps in the batteries are greatly reduced and could need replacing.i have no amp metre so can only test voltage.i have a 100amp alternator charging 4 100amp batteries for domestic use and the alternator is reading over 14.5 volts when charging.

Asked by: christopher smith  | Thursday 18 April, 10.00am | 3 answers

Date avaiable in shops

Hi. When is WW magazine available in shops. I already have the April issue and the 2013 annual. I intend to buy a subscription soon

Asked by: Mark Atkinson  | Wednesday 10 April, 12.26pm | 2 answers

calor gas

Why can`t you use a calor gas fire on a boat provided it`s fixed in place and you have gas and c monoxide alarms?

Asked by: Rosemary Hale  | Thursday 4 April, 4.25pm | 2 answers

Pump out toilet seal

Water is not being retained in the bowl of my pump out toilet and I think the seal has gone. How do I replace it?

Asked by: Paul Taylor  | Sunday 31 March, 2.48pm | 2 answers

On the slope

Why do narrow boat sides slope in ? Is it structural or cosmetic.

Asked by: Mr Vernon Whitehair  | Sunday 31 March, 2.44pm | 1 answer

Which is the best e-map for canal cruising

I have noticed that a lot of the e-maps for canals have very bad reviews. Can anyone recommend a e-map app. that they use regularly which provides all the information you need when cruising including information about nearby villages. e.g. markets,shops,pubs,and local history.

Asked by: grayham pope  | Thursday 28 March, 11.28am | 1 answer

Radio crackle

why does my radio crackle when using the inverter and also when i switch on the L E D lights

Asked by: Eddie Kingswell  | Thursday 28 March, 8.53am | 2 answers


Can anyone tell me a suitable location to crane a 70x12 fully fitted widebeam onto the water in the Lea Valley area, so either the River Lea, Stort or the Hertford canal. Many thanks.

Asked by: Robin Whittington  | Wednesday 27 March, 2.22pm | no answers yet - add one

UPVC windows

Help! I bought a boat with square edge domestic upvc windows already installed. Whilst they look ok and are good for heat retention and condensation - they leak. Any ideas please?

Asked by: J Morton  | Tuesday 26 March, 12.59pm | 3 answers

electric azipod propeller drive

New member thinking of buying and wonder if there are any boats out there that are electric direct drive via azipod propellers off battery/direct generator drives i.e. a diesel driving a generator supplying the motor drive [as seen in the P&O ship Arcadia} - thinking this may be the future - or not

Asked by: bill goad  | Tuesday 19 March, 8.31pm | 3 answers

Inverter and coffee machine

I've just bought a 1460w coffee machine that uses pods. I've got a 3000w modified sine inverter. The coffee machine won't work. What's wrong? My guess is that it needs a pure sine but I can't see why really as it's just a water heaater with a pump isn't it?
When I use it on hookup it's ready to go in a few seconds. From the inverter the warming up light just goes on and stays on. Oh, Ive got 5 brand new 110amp batteries too.
Help, I need my espresso!!

Asked by: Carl Young  | Sunday 17 March, 1.26pm | 4 answers

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