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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


Any one used one of the Powerstop Propellers it might be an improvement in reveres but do you suffer in forward propulsion

Asked by: Don Hall  | Saturday 16 March, 3.34pm | 3 answers

Mooring ropes.

What is the recomended length of mooring ropes for river & canal use. What Diam. recomended eyes.

Asked by: John Dymond  | Saturday 16 March, 2.04pm | 5 answers

kindle fire hd

Can I view waterways world online with a kindle fire hd

Asked by: Bob Murray  | Thursday 14 March, 2.06pm | 1 answer

Ceiling height and skylights

I am just starting to learn about narrowboats and I have found one I might really like, but the roof is quite a bit too low for me (it needs at least 3 more inches). It should have room to still fit under bridges, since there's a permanent little hatch thing in the middle with 2 tiny portholes on each side sticking out of the roof that is at least 7 or 8 inches high. This might be impossible, but how difficult/costly do you think it might be to raise a ceiling? While I'm at it, could I put skylights in, or is there some reason skylights don't work with narrowboats? I hope these aren't really stupid questions! Thanks.

Asked by: Shannon Thiessen  | Wednesday 13 March, 9.12pm | 1 answer

Engine oil changes

I had a full engine service at the end of August 2012. I then did two weekend trips, total engine hours approx 15 hours, since then the boat has been sitting in the marine.
My question is do I need to change the oil and filter again after it has been sitting doing nothing all winter or can I leave it untill August 2013.
I will of course drain any water from the fuel filters.

Asked by: boatfitout  | Wednesday 13 March, 5.51pm | 1 answer


can any one tell me where i can buy a tin of masons midnight blue?

Asked by: andy wakler  | Wednesday 6 March, 2.20pm | 1 answer

preston brook

does any one know when the aqeduct to preston brook is due to open?

Asked by: andy wakler  | Wednesday 6 March, 2.15pm | 1 answer

Calder and Hebble Dimensions

We are thinking of cruising this waterway in 2013 and we have been using your October 2012 article as a guide. It gives the maximum length 57ft 6in or 60ft for a narrowboat. The Waterscape guide gives 54.13ft or 16.5m. Our boat is 57ft 6in, who is right?

Asked by: Nigel Scott  | Monday 4 March, 9.59am | 2 answers


is WaterwaysWorld available in line, say via PocketMags ?

Asked by: Brian Northcott  | Friday 1 March, 8.53pm | 2 answers

cold water tank

cold water tank for the front of my narrow boat ,what outlets do i need and what is the best tank to buy

Asked by: geoff Hardy  | Wednesday 27 February, 8.17pm | 4 answers

Fitting central heating radiators

I have a 50 foot cruiser stern narrowboat heated by a multi fuel stove and Alde boiler driven gas central heating via a skirting radiator running most of the interior length of the boat. The gas system is ineffective, the radiator barely getting warm; using it to supplement the stove in this extremely cold weather is not working and the system won't work well enough on chilly Spring mornings, for example. I want to replace the skirting radiator with conventional panel ones. My questions are:
1. How large can the radiators be to be driven efficiently by the Alde boiler and circulation pump?
2. How many radiators can I sensibly install (I am thinking 3).
3. Anything I need to be aware of in undertaking this work, e.g. there can't be a return flow on the system because the skirting radiator (onto whose pipework conventional rads would be fitted) flows only one way to and from the boiler)?
Thank you.

Asked by: Paul Taylor  | Sunday 24 February, 7.53pm | 5 answers

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