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Trivia question

"No matter where you are in England you are no more than ? miles from a canal or navigable waterway." A friend's just challenged me to answer this and naively assumed that I'd know. I'm guessing 30 miles but I'm hoping someone knows the proper answer. My 'canal cred' hangs in the balance ...

Asked by: Graham Pierce  | Saturday 13 August, 3.41pm | 1 answer


Running costs for 36ft narrowboat

Seeking advice on likely costs for running a canal boat in region of 15 yrs old and 36ft length (Yes, I probably need to buy a copy of IBOB but the urge has suddenly struck and I can't wait!). Last owned a boat 10 years ago, so things probably 'moved on' quite a bit since then.
Grateful for feedback on whether the figures I've pencilled in are realistic. Any info on any of the missing figures gratefully received.
Licence for canals: £560 for 36 ft
Mooring: (eg Grand Union between Kings Langley & Berkhamsted) £??
Alternatively:
Licence for Thames: £345 (2m x 11m)
Mooring on middle Thames: (Somewhere between Wallingford & Swinford) £??
Insurance: £120??
Allowance towards 2 yearly bottom blacking: £500 pa?
Allowance for engine maintenance & repairs: £150 pa?
Diesel (Assume one 2 week holiday pa plus 15 week-ends 'messing about': roughly 200 hours running pa.): £??
Gas for season: say £50
fuel for solid fuel stove: say £50
'Hidden' costs:
Cost of finance: Loss of nett interest on £22k taken from savings account, say £600
Depreciation: Hoping this would be minimal if I choose the right boat (Small 'week-end' boats by by trusted builder always in demand??)
Anything else?
Many thanks in anticipation.

Asked by: Graham Pierce  | Saturday 13 August, 3.21pm | 5 answers


internal width

what is average internal width of a narrowboat

Asked by: Allan Bailey  | Friday 12 August, 11.41pm | 1 answer


join wood top to steel hull

Hi, a year ago we bought a 72ft wood top narrowboat and after struggling with the continuous leaks decided to recover the top with marine ply. The wood joints worked out fine with fibreglass after a few failed attempts but with the expantion etc. the join between the top and the gunwale does not want to stop cracking! Appart from replacing it in steel £££ does anyone out there know of a solution?
Any feedback would be helpfull.

Asked by: Daniel Greenway  | Friday 12 August, 11.54am | 1 answer


Recommended Oil for Gardner 2LW engine

Our Boat has a Gardener 2LW 2 cylinder 28HP Diesel Engine ( new in 1999)Engine numberAA39. What is the best Oil type to use regardless of price. We intend to renew Oil this Month

Asked by: Robert Doody  | Thursday 11 August, 9.50pm | 1 answer


canal maps

Is there a map that shows canals or locks that are unsuitable for 70ft narrow boats or where can I find this information.
Regards,
Iain Concar.

Asked by: Iain Concar  | Tuesday 2 August, 9.51am | 2 answers


price of a bow thruster

Can anyone tell me the price of a bow thruster and are they worth having or not thanks

Asked by: andy wakler  | Monday 1 August, 5.39pm | 3 answers


Cleaning a canvas cratch cover

Does anybody know the best way to clean a canvas cratch cover? We are about to have our boat repainted so we want the cratch cover cleaned. Many thanks.

Asked by: Chris Marriott  | Monday 1 August, 5.34pm | 1 answer


Lister ST 2 tick over

I have a Lister engine on my narrow boat, when the engine is warm/hot if i close the throttle down at a lock etc, the engine just gets slower and slower until it stalls. Anybody got any idea what can be causing it?

Asked by: Paul Maggs  | Saturday 30 July, 9.37pm | 1 answer


Preparation of steel Narrow Boat roof

I have removed the paint from my narrow boat roof , I am left with a surface that has a thin grey primer on it and several patches of surface rust. What is the best way to treat the rust and what primer/ paints are best to use on it? ( ps sorry about last post, it was typed on an iphone and i've got fat fingers!)

Asked by: Paul Maggs  | Thursday 28 July, 11.09am | 2 answers


how do you get a registration for a canal boat shell that is old with no papers

does anybody know how to get a registration for a canal boat shell that has been out of the water for a few years and has no documents or records for it?

Asked by: laura23  | Thursday 28 July, 8.58am | 1 answer


Optimum sized engine

Please see prev. question. I intend to buy 57ft x 6'10 - Possibly 60ft. No bigger. Thanks

Asked by: Carolyn Ross  | Monday 25 July, 5.52pm | 5 answers


Minimum engine size to cruise canal system?

Hi - I plan to buy a narrowboat (first time!) and want to initially explore the whole of the canal system; Kennet on Avon to the North of England. I understand I will have to go on tidal rivers at least some way to achieve this. what is the optimim engine power I will need for this? Thank tou.

Asked by: Carolyn Ross  | Monday 25 July, 2.17pm | 2 answers


what requirements does a shell need to cruise BWaterways?

Hi.
I have a shell that has not been registered or have a reg name or number. I want to put it on the waterways canal but im not sure how i go about getting the reg, how i licence it and what type of BSC i need if one at all. i am also not sure if i can insure it without the BSC. it has an engine that has just been fitted but nothing else yet.
Thank

Asked by: laura23  | Sunday 24 July, 8.06pm | 4 answers


Is a narrow boat suitable for the European Waterways

Is a narrow boat suitable for the European Waterways?

Asked by: John McCulloch  | Thursday 21 July, 1.18pm | 2 answers


Barrus Shire Engine Driven Alternators

Has anyone suffered problems with alternators on a Barrus Shire 1950 engine and what did you do to resolve them.

Asked by: wally Rhodes  | Tuesday 19 July, 9.23am | 1 answer


buying a boat 2

i asked the question a couple of weeks ago about buying a 70 ft - 12ft 6 inch widebeam (narrow boat) the most useful answer came from Rupert Smedley thank-you. i have been looking in to this for a few years now and a couple of years ago i subscribed to this magazine and one other but found they were of little use to me for the advice i was looking for. in no way is this a criticism i realise you must cater for the majority of your readers.i realise the size of boat will restrict me to only a few rivers or canals in the uk that is not a problem as most cruising will be in France. i have looked at dutch barges but prefer the look and closeness to the water of the narrow boat plus i would not want to dismantle the roof every time i went under a low bridge. so when i sit down with a few chosen builders i would like to know what i need built into the boat. i learnt from my father many years ago not to take advice from the person you are buying from. so any advice on the following would be appreciated. hydraulic steering by wheel while sitting, with all controls in front of me on the stern, hydraulic bow and stern thrusters. what size batteries/ generator/ inverter would i need to be totally self sufficient, the boat would have air conditioning to both bedroom and lounge plus all the other home comforts without having to turn something of when using something else what is the maximum sizes without adding up all the watts then dividing by some number and dividing by another, can self efficiency be achieved? could a remote control be installed for steering so i could pass through locks without holding other boats up, as i will be solo cruising for part of the year. would a flat bottom with a chine be any help with handling. i would want to use the roof for sitting and eating when stationary so what thickness of steel for skeleton and skin would the boat need to allow four or five people to be on roof also i cannot believe the same thickness of steel for a 58ft - 7ft boat is adequate for the size of boat i am talking about as the longer something is the weaker it becomes and the more bendable. i like under floor heating but Reading these pages on advice Waterways World are not so keen on it. what is the best way of keeping the engine and generator as quiet as possible. the list goes on i will save the others for another day. i would appreciate as much advice as possible. thank-you for listening. p.s cost is not the most important consideration

Asked by: Mr Vernon Whitehair  | Monday 18 July, 5.52pm | no answers yet - add one


Name of the man at the tiller

My wife and I were wondering, is there a correct term for the man/woman who is at the tiller of a narrow boat, ie driver for a car, pilot for a plane, rider for a motorbike.

Asked by: Peter Wright  | Monday 18 July, 5.15pm | 3 answers


poloma heater

still having trouble with poloma had new pump had a reconditioned bolier and still no joy just keeps going out when does stay in water is cold

Asked by: graham blackhurst  | Saturday 16 July, 1.05pm | 1 answer


Creighton 27' GBP hull

Anybody any idea what would be the weight of this kind of boat

Asked by: chris pegg  | Saturday 16 July, 11.36am | 1 answer

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