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Looking fior washer dryer

We are having a boat built. Need to decide on washer /dryer with depth available 540. Have you any suggestions as to a washer dryer? To consider amongst other things; can it do a separate wash cycle and separate dry cycle? Noise? Dimensions? Amount of water used? Quick wash cycle?

Asked by: Di Greasley  | Thursday 26 July, 4.17pm | 1 answer

Narrowboat hull

I am looking to purchase a narrowboat in the near future, and would like to know the Pro's and Con's of a 'Deep V hull'. are there any restrictions concerning depth of certain canals, locks etc. Also boat handling. Thank you.
M Haskins

Asked by: marc haskins  | Monday 23 July, 8.27pm | 4 answers


What size fuse from battery to solar battery controller 60amp

Asked by: Mick malton  | Monday 23 July, 6.38pm | 3 answers

Northern ring plaque

Dear Waterways World,
I wonder if you can help me. In your Annual magazine you publish an article that describes all the recognised cruising rings. We are currently doing the 'big northern ring' and really enjoying it. We like to collect the commemorative brass plaques as we complete such challenges and display them on our boat. However, we cannot find a plaque to represent this cruising ring.
As you describe this ring in your magazine I wonder if you can you advise me where to find a plaque or advise who makes them so I can ask them if they have any available?
Yours sincerely
Heather dawes.

Asked by: Robert Cowling   | Monday 23 July, 3.30pm | 1 answer

Dometic fridge

I was told you can re-gas a Dometic fridge - it is a small one that runs off of 12 /24 volt and gas. Can anyone advise me please on the procedure and who in London might undertake the work?

Asked by: Judy Head  | Thursday 5 July, 4.23pm | 1 answer

Changing antifreeze

I have a Beta 43 with keel cooling and calorifier circuit. I want to change the antifreeze and would like to know the best way of doing it. I would like to flush the system through once drained before refilling with fresh antifreeze mix. Do I need to remove the hoses for the skin tank and the calorifier from the engine in order to flush with fresh water or can I flush without doing that? Many thanks

Asked by: Raymond Fowler  | Thursday 5 July, 7.48am | 2 answers

Hot Water from the calorifia circulating in engine

Hi i have noticed when the immersion heater is switched on for some time but the engine not running the engine block gets warm, will this be detrimental to the engine,

Asked by: doug  | Wednesday 27 June, 8.39am | 5 answers

Engine size

Thinking of buying a smaller, 30 - 40 foot steel narrowboat. Will be moored and used on rivers. Advice please on best engine size for river cruising.

Asked by: Paul Taylor  | Saturday 23 June, 4.28pm | 3 answers

Windlass dimensions

I am looking at the ships fitter engineering a personalised windlass for me. The only dimensions that I am missing are the precise tapered mm slots that he will need to drill out which are needed for the mechanical or hydraulic gearing on the canal system. Thank you.

Asked by: michael Hawkins  | Friday 22 June, 6.27pm | 6 answers

roof hatch

I hear that you have to be very careful in installing a roof hatch due to condensation. I was wondering what is out there that has been proven not to drip water/condensation. The boat is to have a full paint job this summer and am looking at placing a hatch of 500cm x 500cm if I hear of a hatch that does not drip!.

Asked by: michael Hawkins  | Friday 22 June, 5.27pm | 4 answers

Propshaft and couplings

I have a Trentcraft 26. Front cockpit, front engine with a 5 metre propshaft running in the keel. The shaft is in two pieces and the rigid joint is loose. Can I replace it with a single shaft? Or is 5m too unwieldy? Also need new flex coupling and bearings - there are three in the keel between gearbox and sterntube. Two are noisy one has been castrated (it has no balls). Might fit new engine mounts too and Aquadrive? Recommendations and suggestions please.

Asked by: Phil Thane  | Friday 15 June, 2.12pm | 2 answers

Gas queries

Gas changeover valves with opso now have pol connectors on the hoses but my tanks are m20. Can I just use my old hoses? Otherwise the only changeovers I can find are ROI.
Also, Does nobody make a 15mm bubble tester? Seems rather dtupid to have to reduce from 15mm to 10mm then back up to 15

Asked by: Doug Ashby  | Monday 11 June, 10.08pm | 1 answer

Watermota fuel consumption

Hi anyone any idea of average/typical fuel consumption of my Watermota sea wolf, 1100CC crossflow petrolengine.

Asked by: laurence  | Thursday 7 June, 6.15pm | 3 answers

New Engine Mountings

We have had new engine mountings fitted to our Lister Canal Star Engine (LPWS4) in our 55ft cruiser stern narrowboat. The mountings are of a different design to those fitted previously which are apparently no longer available. Although the engine looks as steady as rock, there are vibrations in the boat which we didn't experience previously. These are very wearing except at very and very high speeds. The bow door stays now rattle whereas the bow-deck was previously area of complete tranquillity.
I wondered if the prop was misaligned but the boatyards says not and in any event the flexible coupling would compensate for any minor misalignment. The suggestion is that they will bed-in or they could be replaced with some different ones. Any suggestions as to how this issue would be best solved?

Asked by: Clive Dutson  | Sunday 27 May, 11.24am | 4 answers

Pullman dinette plans

Does anyone know where we can find plans for a Pullman dinette?

Asked by: Susan  | Friday 18 May, 10.58pm | 3 answers

Mooring ropes

Hi, can you recommend the best type of rope, and thickness, for a 20 meter barge on a river side mooring. Thanks

Asked by: Izabella  | Monday 7 May, 11.40am | 1 answer

engine oil

hello you wonderful people, it is time for my barrus shire 1200 diesel engine built in 1999 to have its oil changed, i only bought the boat last august and the previous owner told me back then that the oil would have to be changed around april / may so now is the time, he did leave me a bit of the oil he last used which is barrus shire 10w 30 api cc, the problem is that there isn't enough , so i thought i could use what is left in the prm 120 gear box which i believe is ok as it says in the manual to use the same oil, please correct me if i am wrong, however i can not find this same oil on line even on the barrus web site, have they stopped making it or / and is there a replacement ?? any info will be greatly appreciated thank you and happy cruising.

Asked by: jean-marc bedos  | Tuesday 1 May, 7.50pm | 15 answers


What is the average charge that is produced to the battery Thanks

Asked by: peter  | Tuesday 1 May, 10.13am | 1 answer

Anchors for narrow boats

I have a 58 foot narrow boat which we wish to use on the Thames this year. Where would be the best place to attach the anchor to the boat, and what would be the best type of anchor?

Asked by: Jerry Golland  | Thursday 26 April, 5.20pm | 2 answers

galvanising as an alternative to blacking

I heard that a company in Middlewhich does galvanising, has anyone heard of it?

Asked by: Diane Molloy  | Friday 20 April, 10.18pm | 6 answers

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