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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

Chimney sweeping

What equipment would I use to sweep a wood burner chimney, how do I do it, how often? Also, I'm jus in the process of buying the boat. When I inspected the chimney I noticed that the top is covered with an upside down tin! Is this standard practice (obviously remembering to remove it when it's lit) or should there be some sort of metal umbrella arrangement, that's missing?

Asked by: Carl Young  | Monday 14 May, 10.48am | 3 answers

Flimsy doors

The boat I'm buying has fairly flinsy doors at the front. They look like if you gave them a good pull they would come open. they do have a deadlock on them but I can't imagine that would withstand much of an attack. I,ve thought about getting them replaced with steel but I think that would be very expensive. Any ideas how I could improve security? Also, I'm looking at alarm systems. The ones that phone up aren't really suitable. i'm looking at a cheap wireless motion detector one that will just make a big noise if someone breaks in. Any thoughts on this or security in general? Thanks.

Asked by: Carl Young  | Sunday 13 May, 12.18am | 2 answers

Thetford 200 to 260 conversion

I'm buying a boat that has a c200 plumbed in. I'd like to change that to the porcalain bowl 260c. Anyone know if thats a straight forward thing to do? Fittings in the same place? Also, is the cassette much bigger on the 260? The cassette is removed into a cupboard on the boat and it looks a bit tight already, getting it out. Thanks.

Asked by: Carl Young  | Sunday 13 May, 12.13am | 1 answer

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Asked by: andy wakler  | Thursday 10 May, 5.44pm | 1 answer

painting a narrowboat

Can you recommend any articles or publications on painting and bottom blacking a narrowboat? Also what paints are especially recommended?

Asked by: Brian Woods  | Thursday 10 May, 2.23pm | 3 answers

Removal of chimney

I am trying to remove the chimney coller from the roof of my narrow boat whilst its in the paint shed to allow the roof to be painted. I have removed the 2 bolts but I am having difficulty separating the coller from the flue pipe. Any ideas please.

Asked by: Mike Jordan  | Wednesday 9 May, 4.36pm | 3 answers

leak on gas fridge

i have a problem with a small leak on the pipe or the fridge itself how can i fix it and then test it before i can get the bs certificate

Asked by: michael ellis  | Wednesday 9 May, 12.25pm | 2 answers


what size make model inverter would be suitable for a 57ft liverboard, it will have onboard washing machine 3 tv,s fridge, freezer about 18 down lights,etc diesel heating,etc thankyou

Asked by: andy wakler  | Tuesday 8 May, 11.10pm | 1 answer


does anyone know what the best dongle is to use on a nb

Asked by: andy wakler  | Tuesday 8 May, 6.13pm | 3 answers

water heater

hi whats the best diesel water heater to buy for a 57ft nb, it will have 4 radiators, and what kw will be best i have been told 4kw but not sure thanks

Asked by: andy wakler  | Tuesday 8 May, 6.02pm | 2 answers

Outboard Motor Fuel Consumption

Hello, I have been looking to buy a small boat and have seen a 25 footer with an outboard petrol motor, due to this it has only got two small compartments to hold two small gerry can style fuel tank (15 lt each) This does not seem like much, how far can an outboard motor be expected to go on 15 litres of petrol? Thanks

Asked by: Dan Brown  | Tuesday 8 May, 4.56pm | 4 answers


Can you please tell me the size of battery bank i will need for a 57ft liverboard thanks.

Asked by: andy wakler  | Monday 7 May, 9.56pm | 2 answers

Steering a Wide Beam Narrow Boat.

We are summer time live aboards, dont like the cold.... but are very interested in trading up to a Wide Beam and would value any comments from Wide Beam owners about the steering ( Handling of such beasts)relative to a narrow Boat

Asked by: Mark Meopham  | Monday 7 May, 2.05pm | 2 answers

Strange heating system??

Hi, I'm new to boats and looking to buy one. I have my eye on one but I can't fathom out how the heating and hot water work. The chap that showed me round it didn't know much ether as he was just a keyholder really. There is no radiator type central heating nor instant hot water gadget next to the sink or shower.
There is a large multi fuel stove centrally located, which has thick copper pipe coming out of the back of it. That pipe disappears through a unit and reappears in the bathroom where it is bent around to form a big "S" shape, making what looks like a good radiator. It then continues towards the back of the boat. I took a couple of pictures, which you can see if you click these links.
Can anyone tell me what this system is? What are the advantages and disadvantages and is it expandable? Thanks you.

Asked by: Carl Young  | Sunday 6 May, 8.15am | 4 answers

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