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Beta marine engine 38bhp book/manual

Hi, I have just bought my first boat and am trying to get aqainted with as much as possible before moving aboard. I especially need to know what oil I need for the engine and where to get it and grease for the stern gland.
Thank you

Asked by: robert statham  | Sunday 25 September, 7.48pm | 1 answer


Wispergen heating

I have been considering buying a boat fited with a Wispergen PP16-12MD 5.5 kW unit which claims to provide heating to radiators as well as 800W of electricity at 12 volts. I have never heard of these units and can find no information about them, can you help regards Jim Hanks

Asked by: JIM HANKS  | Tuesday 20 September, 9.17pm | 2 answers


Slightly shoddy paint job

My narrowboat was painted last winter, sadly I paid before I noticed the paint flaking off and I was immediately promised that and the bloom discolouration would be fixed in warmer weather.
It was repainted, though I still think it a poor job.
I asked for money back but they were very unhelpful.
Is there any legal advice I can get?

Asked by: Tilly   | Thursday 15 September, 6.41pm | 1 answer


Does size cost more

We are experienced boaters and have done many miles on the canals. We are planning to get a canal boat for holidays and future long term cruising. I know a 58 footer i ideal but we feel the extra length of a 68-70 footer would make life much more comfortable for long term cruising. The question is, will it cost us much more in fuel to push the extra 12 foot of boat though the water. Thanks for your advice.

Asked by: Nick Woodards  | Friday 9 September, 7.32pm | 2 answers


heating gizmo

I want to know what fitting is used to heat my rads from calorifier whilst engine is running and webasto is not on (hope this makes sense)

Asked by: Bayliss Brown  | Thursday 8 September, 10.36am | 3 answers


Transporting widebeam Chester-Bristol

If we were to purchase a widebeam located on the River weaver by what means & at what coat & whom would you advise we conntact to transport boat to Kennet & Avon. (i.e mixture of road transport & cruising) This is all new to us.

Asked by: Karen Baker  | Wednesday 17 August, 1.27pm | 2 answers


boat tests / reviews

Has WW reviewed any boats built by Kingsground if so where can I find them.
Regards Iain

Asked by: Iain Concar  | Monday 15 August, 3.31pm | 4 answers


Secondary diesel tank

It's getting harder to find diesel on the canal systems, but jerry cans often breach boat safety certification. Is there a way of installing a second tank without major redesign?

Asked by: Gordon Lane  | Sunday 14 August, 11.54pm | 2 answers


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

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