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How do I remove duck droppings from the paintwork

Some ducks seem to have made a toilet of the counter/stern of my narrowboat. What is the best way to remove it?

Asked by: Andrew Denny  | Saturday 23 March, 4.04pm | 2 answers


Engine noise and tiller vibrations

Two issues that may be connected? I am getting a high pitched "squeal" from the engine bay when cruising between 1100 and 1400 rpm but not all of the time. Often start just after having put the engine into reverse. It only makes the noise when in gear. Secondly I have some vibration through the tiller. I have had a new prop and some mods made to the rudder which have made a small improvement but the vibrations are still there. Any thoughts?

Asked by: Paul Willmott  | Monday 18 March, 9.54am | 1 answer


Bilge problem

at what am I supposed to do what am I supposed to do then Waits they still reviewing it are they so what you're telling me a month ago fortnite Fri

Asked by: Ann Munt  | Thursday 14 March, 10.22pm | 1 answer


Robert Pike

We are about to buy a narrow boat and travel the waterways. Do marinas allow short stopovers, say for a day or two and to use their facilities?

Asked by: Robert Pike  | Thursday 14 March, 4.22am | 2 answers


Should domestic battery bank be connected on a sailway?

We're on the verge of having our new sailaway delivered, but today recieved quotes called "Cabling costs, for location of batteries and electric" our package included boat side electronics and we're finding this a little hard to swallow. Are we off the mark or do we have any grounds to dispute this? Thanks for you help!

Asked by: Rebecca Shillito  | Wednesday 13 March, 3.08pm | 3 answers


Deepest lock

According to my Nicholson guides the deepest lock in Britain is Bath Deep Lock at 19ft 5ins with Tuel Deep Lock on the Rochdale a close second at 19ft 4.25ins. Tuel Deep Lock recently has been claiming to be Britain's deepest at 19 ft 8.5ins. Has there been a change or is it cunning marketing by Pennine Waterways?

Asked by: Gavin Scott  | Wednesday 13 March, 9.30am | 3 answers


Leaking windows

My windows and portholes are leaking and they are fixed by rivets. Is it best to dill the rivets out and replace with screws? Also should I clean the metal where the windows seat with a wire brush then treating it with fertan before using a seal? Thank you for your help.

Asked by: Andrew McLaughlin  | Sunday 10 March, 11.52am | 1 answer


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