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Our boat is only just 12 months old. It has had a problem with orange/brown deposits in the water for some time. The builder told us "it was not uncommon with waterside supplies" but it is now much worse. When the water is run - at any point on the boat - after not being used for a few days, it runs mid to dark brown and has a very unpleasant odour. This clears after a couple of minutes. We have drunk the water (filtered) with no ill effects. It was suggested it might be a degrading diaphragm in the accumulator. The whole unit was replaced, but the problem continues. Any suggestions or solutions?
Asked by: Richard Holland | Tuesday 15 September, 8.06am | 2 answers
As a subscriber I regularly come to your site for the latest news and info. But, and there always has to be a but doesn't there? Why are there no PDF files available for downloading after April 2005... has there been a breach in your database? Apart from this one small question I am more than happy with the magazine & web site.
Best wishes, Kevin
Asked by: Kevin Lockie | Sunday 13 September, 1.00pm | 2 answers
My builder fortuituosly has provided two linked 450ltr water tanks in the bows.How practical can it be to dedicate one to collect bath and basin water to use for the two techma toilets using pumps etc?
Asked by: connol coan | Saturday 12 September, 4.25pm | 3 answers
What is the performance difference between hydraulic and electric bow thrusters? When does the kgf rating become overpowered(cavitation in 3' of water?)for a 70'nb?
Asked by: connol coan | Saturday 12 September, 4.17pm | 2 answers
Can anyone suggest a solution to the condensation and high humidity problem in a narrowboat during the winter months. The humidity is constantly very high and the woodwork expands. I have used calcium chloride crystals in the special containers, but they make little impact. I don't want to run an electric dehumidifier over winter if I can avoid this. Has anyone any experience of the solar panel ventilation system by Solarventi?
Asked by: Philip Dale | Friday 11 September, 10.04am | 3 answers
I have a 50' Mike Hayward narrowboat with a BMC 1.8 diesel engine. There appears to be a pre filter before the fuel pump follwed by another fuel filter afterwards. I cannot get the pre filter to bleed even though I have removed both of the bleed screws. Any thoughts please? - Many thanks
Asked by: Peter Heath | Saturday 5 September, 8.51pm | 3 answers
Strange but true, when our 12 volt Shoreline fridge swithes off the wall lights noticeably dim and when the fridge cuts in the lights brighten.
It has been suggested that it could be an negative return fault but as the two circuits don't join until they get to either the positive or negative bus bars I can't understand what I should be looking for.
Any suggestions welcome.
Asked by: Richard Tanner | Thursday 3 September, 8.36pm | 1 answer
I the issue March 2009 there is an article titled "the musterd run" feturing a boat called pedro.With the owners roy and carole sycamore based in france
Is it possible for you to forward our email address to them?
As i would like to conntact them.
Asked by: steven | Saturday 29 August, 10.09am | no answers yet - add one
I need to run a Gas (LPG)pipe though the same locker as my inverter and fuse box inside my boat. There are no jions in the gas pipe but it will be within 1ft of the above electric items. Is this ok with BSS
Asked by: Barry | Friday 28 August, 8.53pm | no answers yet - add one
What exactly does "Permit holders only " mean at the canal side. has someone paid for a private morring, or something like that?
Asked by: Mr P Jones | Wednesday 26 August, 6.41pm | 1 answer
what quantity of materials would be necessary to black a 30 ft hull.?
Asked by: darrel.clark | Wednesday 26 August, 9.50am | 1 answer
What are the recommended lengths for mooring ropes on a 60ft narrowboat
Asked by: Brian Greenaway | Tuesday 25 August, 9.19am | 1 answer
Has anyone managed to succesfully run an aquarium on a narrow boat!? Have seen a picture of a biorb in a feature on a boat, but wasnt sure if it was a permanant fixture! Would value any advice, possible pitfalls and the like! Husband wants to live on a boat but Im loathed to be parted from my fish!
Asked by: Jill | Tuesday 18 August, 9.18pm | 2 answers
I have a Victron sine wave interter/charger and would like to know where I can get it repaired.
Asked by: Sue Steventon | Tuesday 18 August, 2.41pm | 1 answer
i would like to fit a flexible drive to my new build anyone any advice on any differance between the aquadrive or the python drive ?
Asked by: jake martin | Sunday 9 August, 4.40pm | no answers yet - add one
We are looking at buying either a new or second hand boat and wondered if anyone can first give an idea of what is a good invertor, type rating etc, to consider, and obviously the ones to avoid.We do not need the kettle to give out whilst the bloomin fridge clicks on!!!!
Asked by: Akidma | Saturday 8 August, 4.20pm | 2 answers
We are looking at buying either a new or second hand boat and wondered if anyone can first give an idea of what is a good engine, type rating etc, to consider, and obviously the ones to avoid.
Asked by: Akidma | Saturday 8 August, 4.18pm | 1 answer
How can you choose a narrowboat name and how do you know that your choice is unique? What if you do select a name and then find a year on that it has been duplicated?
If I buy a second hand narrowboat how do I change the name from a name that is on it which I may not like to another name I choose?
Asked by: Akidma | Saturday 8 August, 4.01pm | 1 answer
Is it possible to advertise mooring space in magazine ?
Asked by: margaret Rogers | Thursday 6 August, 12.22pm | 1 answer
50ft semi trad built 5 years ago. we recently took our narrowboat out of the water for Interzone 954 blacking. We discovered water blisters on both swims and on the side which is normally the side which we moor. these are the normal metal bank pilons. we contacted International paints concerning the problem and sent off a sample which they requested. in their opinion it was a galvanic action. the boat is not connected to shore power and no other boat in this area has a mains connection as this is not available on this environment mooring. What can we do to correct this? and also what can we do to prevent it from happening in the future.
Asked by: MUNNS | Monday 3 August, 8.08pm | 3 answers