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buying a boat

i reach retirement age next year and seriously thinking of having a 70 ft by 12.5 ft narrow boat style built. i will live on it full time and cruise full time. i will also take it to france to cruise there from time to time. most of the time i will be cruising solo,i will take what ever lessons are needed and spend as long as it takes to become competent at solo cruising.my question is this. i am willing to spend up to 400,000 pounds on the boat to get the best spec possible but how can i be confident in who to trust.if i was buying a car i know what i am doing but buying a narrow boat seems to be hoping you have chosen the right builder. i am not used to spending that sort of money and hopping. it is getting to the point where i am thinking of forgetting the whole thing. which would disappoint me. how can be sure of getting the best boat for my bucks. also they all seem to give a 12 month guarantee which is pathetic they cannot have much faith in their work.

Asked by: Mr Vernon Whitehair  | Wednesday 29 June, 1.10pm | 7 answers

Leisure Battery Lifetime and replacement

We are into our 5 cruising year and the 4 NUMAX M 110 batteries do not hold charge so well these nights. We are plugged in via a Victron inverter when not cruising. Do you have any suggestions on the best batteries to buy as replacements?

Asked by: Rob Henry  | Tuesday 28 June, 4.01pm | 2 answers

Medway to Thames

How difficult/easy is it to navigate out of the Medway round the estuarys into Thames.

Asked by: Peter Wright  | Sunday 26 June, 9.23pm | 1 answer

Hull re blacking

could you please answer my question regarding re blacking the hull on a 57ft narrowboat.it has been in the water since new just under 2 years and I know it is due (blacking used "international intertuf".I think there is evidence of mill scale causing somerust areas and the hull has numerous small orange rust spots as well as lots of weed.ok to my question .from a diy point of view how should I best prepare the hull for re blacking .is jet washing then sanding it all down to bare metal the way to remove all mil scale .do you need to remove every bit of blacking on the hull above and below water line.
please advise
Thank you

Asked by: Ray Fleckney  | Sunday 26 June, 8.17pm | 1 answer

Rachet Winch Handles

Do you have the name and telephone number of the company that manufactures ratche winch handles?

Asked by: Martin Hickson  | Friday 24 June, 4.38pm | 2 answers

river severn

how far is the river severn navigable from stourport on severn to bewdley and what is the minimum draft

Asked by: christopher smith  | Wednesday 22 June, 1.18pm | 1 answer

Installing a 240 V shore line

How much might it cost to install a 240 V shore line on a 30 ft narrowboat? Are there different factors I would need to consider in the installation?

Asked by: Linnea   | Monday 20 June, 4.57pm | 1 answer

Heating/hot water

Are there any rules or regulations or reasons why I can not fit a small LPG domestic combi boiler in my narrow boat. David

Asked by: David Anderson  | Thursday 16 June, 1.27pm | 1 answer

Fitting a hob

I am fitting a new gas hob into a new worktop, what protection should I provide under the hob and to the cut sides of the worktop?

Asked by: DavidTomsett  | Saturday 11 June, 2.22pm | 4 answers

BMC 1100 engine in a JGM 22'

We support a JGM Maderia 22', built, we believe in or about 1978.
It has a BMC 1100 petrol engine, fitted with a Solex updraft carburretor
Does anyone have any maintenace advice / instructions? A service manual would be great!

Asked by: John Gilks  | Friday 10 June, 10.55am | 1 answer

Electronic Controls

Do you know of any narrowboat that controls Forward Astern and Neutral electronically. If so can you suggest a supplier
Many thanks

Asked by: Brian Dwelly  | Friday 10 June, 10.50am | 1 answer

Pullman dinette

I want to build a pullman dinette for my narrow boat.Have you ever published an article on this subject or do you know where I can find any information or plans .

Asked by: Andrew Ware  | Thursday 9 June, 10.01pm | 12 answers

What canals in Britain are suitable for 10ft wide canal boats?

Me and my partner are considering living on a canal boat, were trying to find out what canals you can go on with a 10 ft wide boat?
Many Thanks

Asked by: Amie Allsop  | Thursday 9 June, 1.55pm | 2 answers


what is ideal time to charge 3 110amp battery bank from about 12.2 volts. 70 amp alternator with battery controler
thanks Bruce

Asked by: bruce  | Tuesday 7 June, 10.58pm | 2 answers

purchasing a narrowboat

as anybody hear of Dual Duel narrow boat builders Rochdale

Asked by: Rob Sweeney  | Monday 6 June, 2.10pm | 1 answer

Ballast adjustment after fit out and relaunch

Hi I have recently bought a 50x10 wide beam which was an unfinished project,I intend to do the fit out myself with no previous boat experience but I am a carpenter/builder so I hope to draw on that knowledge.my concern is that the boat is currently in the water it has no engine fitted the ballast has been installed and ply flooring fitted ,I intend to have the boat lifted and transported to my local Marina to complete the fit out on the hardstanding,how do I determine what ballast adjustments will be required after have installed the engine and completed the fit out,I intend to fit oak floors through out so it concerns me that when I relaunch the bow might be pointing skywards and I would have no access to make major adjustments.I think this may be my first of many questions.David

Asked by: David Anderson  | Thursday 2 June, 4.21pm | 1 answer

River Trent to the Humber Estuary

Is it possible to leave the Trent and enter into the Humber estuary then onto some if the more northern canals, it was suggested at a question and answer session at Crick, that you could still navigate some of the northern canals with a 60 foot boat.

Asked by: Peter Wright  | Wednesday 1 June, 7.05pm | 1 answer

bmc 1500 with gearbox 19z 8316

the cooling sytem on my boat is internal, an in built tank on the rear bulkhead. the gearbox is an old velvet drive that is water cooled ,as the tank sits lower to the engine do i need an external water pump.

Asked by: matt cowling  | Tuesday 31 May, 3.00pm | 1 answer

Looking for courses to navigate/care of canal barge

My friend and I want to learn how to navigate a canal barge and look after the barge because we want to be confident in renting a barge for some hols. We live in nw London (NW3 postcode). Can anyone help by advising what the best courses are and where to go to do this.
Many thanks

Asked by: julia wisniewska-kennedy  | Monday 30 May, 2.11pm | 1 answer

Searching for refurbishment project boat in desperate need of TLC

My partner and I are looking for an insurance claim, burnt out or repossessed narrowboat particularly one that is low in price and needs some TLC, ideally a cruiser stern narrow boat for refurbishment project. We are open to potential projects that come in from 45ft plus.
We actually welcome internal and external work, this is not a problem, in fact we really want to do our own work on it. We would prefer to not be paying for a decent interior as we will be ripping this part out and changing it. A few more preferable details between 45 and 57ft if possible, all steel, cruiser stern, working engine (again preferable) preferably water tight, if not, do you have welding facilities on sight if the hull needs fixing?
Our budget is limited, we would prefer not to incur a debt and the refurbishment project allows us to complete the boat as money comes in and a lower price allows us to buy it out right.
Thank you

Asked by: Lolljee  | Sunday 29 May, 9.57pm | 1 answer

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