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None Pure Sine inverter and Laptop

I'm buying a boat with a 2000w inverter. It's not pure sine though. What are my limitations with that? Can I use my laptop plugged in to that? Can I charge my laptop while not using it and then run it to flat and recharge it again?
What can you NOT use with a standard inverter?

Asked by: Carl Young  | Monday 2 July, 11.01pm | 4 answers

Boat painting

How much should I budget for to have a 45' narrowboat repainted, assuming the windows are taken out and put back in as part of the job? No need for work below the waterline as blacking, etc. has recently been done.

Asked by: Paul Taylor  | Monday 2 July, 2.17pm | 2 answers

Installing a pump out toilet

How easy/practical would it be to replace a cassette toilet with a pump out one on a narrowboat?

Asked by: Paul Taylor  | Thursday 28 June, 3.52pm | 2 answers

sound insulation

Where is the best place to get the sound proofing sheets? Cheers

Asked by: Robert Bush  | Thursday 28 June, 8.20am | 3 answers


Hi can any one tell me what the tap conections are on bw stand pipes, i mean are they hoselock type or the screw on type, thanks

Asked by: andy wakler  | Monday 25 June, 10.42am | 1 answer

Engine for river cruising

I need some advice about the best sort of engine I'll need to cruise the East Anglian rivers - any make/model best? What cc and HP? My boat will be moored on the River Great Ouse.

Asked by: Paul Taylor  | Saturday 23 June, 10.47pm | 3 answers

Avtex portable satellite system

I am looking at portable satellite options.
I came across the Avtex AQF431 (suprisingly like the CAMOS PAPSA which doesn't seem to be available from the normal channels anymore).
I wondered if anyone has tried the Avtex or can recommend another portable solution.
Thank you in advance. Colin

Asked by: Colin Neale  | Saturday 16 June, 6.45pm | 2 answers

tank guages

I wish to install 3 guages for my water tank, holding tank and diesel tank, with the displays mounted on my control panel inside the boat. Can you recommend a product/supplier which I can use and is there anything wireless?

Asked by: mike bass  | Tuesday 12 June, 10.39am | 1 answer

how good are shire engines

looking at buying 57ft traditional narrowboat
will be using it to travel all canals around uk in a years time.(when all things go to plan) been shown selection of canal boats with a selection of engines? the boat that serves age,length,condition has a shire 2000 fitted. as im no expert on cruisers it this any good. thank you rob.

Asked by: robert   | Monday 11 June, 6.01pm | 3 answers

Tidal Thames to River Medway

We are moving our narrow boat from the River Wey to Rochester, requiring a 12 hour trip along the tidal Thames. I am a confident and experienced boater, but the amount of open water is making my nervous - though many people must have done a similar journey. Should I just bite the bullet and get her tansported by road, or am I being a wuss? I have selected 14 July ( a neap tide) for the journey. Any comments or advice would be appreciated, especially from those who have made the journey and lived to tell the tale!

Asked by: Andrew Kennedy  | Thursday 7 June, 12.31am | 1 answer

Boat Sharing

I am an experienced boater (in hire boats) and am now very keen to buy a share of a narrow boat. Do you think managed boat shares are worth the extra annual costs compared to private boat shares? It seems that a boat share can be bought very cheaply but the annual costs can be quite high. I would value any suggestions or comments.

Asked by: Tim Heaps  | Sunday 3 June, 5.29pm | 2 answers

Winter Moorings

I'm shortly going to become a live aboard continuous cruiser. I'd planned to just get frozen in near to water in the winter. But, an experienced person told me the other day that some marinas allow CCs to moor up for the winter at what seem like very reasonable costs. He mentioned £300-£400 to moor between November and April. This seems too good to be true. Is it?

Asked by: Carl Young  | Sunday 3 June, 1.02pm | 1 answer

Game on (narrowboats)

I am about to become a continuous cruising live aboard. I'd like to supliment my cupboard with the odd rabbit. My intention is to ask at farms around my moorings if it would be ok to take a couple of rabbits using an air gun. Has anyone any thoughts about the use of an air gun on the waterways (apart from the obvious vegetarian issues). It may be worth just mentioning, that I'm retiring from a professional career in law enforcement.

Asked by: Carl Young  | Thursday 24 May, 11.22pm | 2 answers

lpg gas detectors

Can you please advise on inexpensive lpg gas detectors, for use in a narrowboat?

Asked by: fred dicker  | Thursday 24 May, 11.21am | 2 answers


might be a silly question but Ive just bought a narrow boat so where do i go to get my licence from and is that all i need, will be a continuous cruiser thankyou

Asked by: andy wakler  | Thursday 24 May, 9.50am | 2 answers

Bw case against cont cruising

ref high court judgement, 23 may, the guidelines say that the licence holder must cont cruise for duration of licence, does that mean cont cruisers cannot use winter mooring?

Asked by: Peter Wright  | Wednesday 23 May, 8.26pm | 1 answer


can any one help me iam trying to buy a pullmans dinette but cant find any on the net, does any one have any plans of this dinette? its the one that doubles for a bed, thanks

Asked by: andy wakler  | Thursday 17 May, 7.16pm | 2 answers

Tidal rivers?

I've noticed that insurance excludes using a narrowboat on tidal rivers. How do I find out, when rout planning, what is and isn't a tidal river? The trent for example, and the severn? Ive got the Collins inland waterways map but it doesn't really help?

Asked by: Carl Young  | Tuesday 15 May, 9.42pm | 4 answers


is an inverter combo best for a liveaboard or just the normal inverter

Asked by: andy wakler  | Monday 14 May, 11.28pm | 1 answer

where can i find advice about the use of anchors

i am planning a trip form Brentford to Oxford via the Thames and want to learn more about the need and use for an anchor while cruising the river

Asked by: greg southgate  | Monday 14 May, 11.23pm | 2 answers

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