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Solar Panels

Would it be advantage to have solar panels on the roof and which do you sudjest would be the correct size and how much should i expect to pay.The boat is moored for 6 months

Asked by: Chas Lee-Amies  | Saturday 19 November, 5.28pm | 5 answers

engine size

would a lister ts2 20hp have enouth power for a 57 foot narrowboat thanks chris

Asked by: christopher smith  | Saturday 19 November, 11.50am | 3 answers

french varnish

I am trying to find the name of a particular varnish, made in France, that I saw demonstrated at Crick Boat Show. The finish was absolutely wonderfull and in addition to this, the varnish sank into the wood, not just sitting on the suface like modern products.

Asked by: peter bishop  | Thursday 17 November, 3.58pm | 2 answers

Water tank

I have no breather on my integral water tank. Not fitted by builder. Should there be one?

Asked by: C Barlow  | Monday 14 November, 10.55am | 3 answers

what do i need to know?

Hello there,
I'm sure you get asked this a lot, but i'm buying my first boat, and have lots of questions, but what do i actually need to know when viewing and inquiring about a boat? so far my check list is:
Stern type,
Last blacked?
Thanks for any help,

Asked by: Jess Clay  | Saturday 12 November, 2.02pm | 3 answers

Please help

My 7 year old daughters teacher asked her why does the canal towpath change sides?, could anybody answer this please. i thought maybe it was either land ownwrship issues when being built or maybe it was for the benifet of the horses ie strain on the horses when pulling loaded boats being swapped from one side to the other preventing them going lame!!! if you know better please let me know

Asked by: Ray Fleckney  | Friday 4 November, 6.30pm | 2 answers

Drive problem

I have an Isuzu 35 engine coupled to a PRM120D gearbox via a centraflex shaft coupling. When selecting forward drive the contact seems quite heavy and is not smooth like on other boats I have owned. This was picked up during a recent survey and as a result a new drive plate was fitted with little or no effect. My boat is 6 years old. Any ideas please.

Asked by: Mike Jordan  | Thursday 3 November, 4.43pm | 1 answer

weight of a 1980's 31ft Dartline narrowboat

Does anyone know how heavy a 31ft 1980 steel hull & GRP top Dartline Narrowboat is please?

Asked by: ellie  | Wednesday 2 November, 8.48pm | 2 answers

Skin tanks

How do I flush out my skin tank?

Asked by: Dave & Ann Mackintosh  | Monday 31 October, 11.25am | 2 answers

how can I identify my narrowboat No 46786

I purchased my 40ft narrowboat "Lockwood" No. 46786 7yrs ago for major renovation. ( I understand it had been out of the water several yrs then. I contacted BW and asked if they could give me any information on the boat but said they had no record of this number. No makers plate or numbers are present as far as I can tell. The hull is made from 1/4" plate and the upper cabin is timber beams & boarded, It has a josher style bow & swept up cabin at the traditional stern end.Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am aiming to have it in the water next year.

Asked by: John Lewis  | Friday 28 October, 8.11pm | 5 answers

Flickering LED lights!!

We have 4 LED downlighters which have worked perfectly for the past 15 months.They are positioned at the furthest point from the batteries and we have a bus bar running down the entire length of the boat which is 70ft long. We changed our batteries from 3 110ah 12v to 4 235ah 6v and since then these LED are flashing and flickering like mad and seem quite dim, however if we switch a light on elsewhere they stop flickering so much and appear brighter. Our other LED lights are fine. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Asked by: Sharron Watson  | Tuesday 18 October, 5.53pm | 5 answers

problems with new low sulphur Diesel

We have a narrow boat with a traditional engine (Gardner 2LW ) I have read that the new low Sulphur Diesel fuel will accelerate engine wear. What is the definitive answer to what additives, if any, should be added to this fuel to a) Guard against wear and b) to reduce bacterial action and water retention.

Asked by: Robert Doody  | Thursday 13 October, 6.05pm | 1 answer

Modifying a Diesel Filler

For security reasons I am considering blanking off my normal diesel tank filler on the rear deck and installing a new filler inside the engine room with its neck above the height of the existing tank and with a breather cap. The tank has an existing external breather in one of the dollies. Are there any Boat Safety regulations I should bear in mind?

Asked by: Colin Wilks  | Thursday 13 October, 12.28pm | 2 answers

Can't start my engine!

Hello, I recently took ownership of my first boat. It was delivered to me from Rugby and had spent over a week cruising to my mooring. Since then I have been unable to start my engine(Beta Marine 38). I have installed a new starter battery and checked all terminals. My control panel clicks, and all the lights apart from temperature are iluminated. The key only turns two turns to the right thus not heating up before turning over. Although this was the same prior to me purchasing the boat, the engine used to start. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Asked by: robert statham  | Monday 10 October, 9.46pm | 3 answers

3 phases to shore supply changeover switch

my 3 phase generator output splits it's phases to 3 seperate single phased circuits (neutrals commoned upstream of and circuit breakers or RCDs). i want to use a single 1ph shore supply line via a changeover switch to power all three final circuits. this would require a 6 pole, 2 way (plus off between), ganged switch. is there any reason with reference to the boat safety scheme or BMEA code of practice why I cant use 3 seperate 2-pole changeover switches, one for each phase/circuit?

Asked by: Workboat Pug  | Wednesday 5 October, 4.34pm | 2 answers

gangplank / boarding ladder


Asked by: david paine  | Tuesday 4 October, 10.51am | 1 answer

Underfloor insulation

I am starting to fitout a narrowboat with a planked oak floor. Is it possible to put some insulation or thermal barrier under the floor?

Asked by: Chris Plumpton  | Monday 3 October, 7.45pm | 3 answers

Fernie Narrowboat

there was link to some pictures on June 20th 2008 questions. I cant get the link can anyone help? its to do with a Fernie boat. Many thanks

Asked by: Amanda Wood  | Saturday 1 October, 5.39pm | 1 answer

new but arthritic wanabe boater

i have looked at areas in ww and think middle levels nav would probably be best for me I(fewer locks) how long a cb would be ok for this nav would be ok ? i am thinking of spending a lot of time cruising in my retirement

Asked by: david trevenen  | Wednesday 28 September, 11.07pm | 1 answer

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

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