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The fuel debate. As we are planning a move back from Aus to UK as a constant traveller in retirement, the suggestion is that if permanently moored one will not be subject to the EU required taxes. I read also that if the craft is your primary residence one would also be exempt the taxes. Does this include constant travellers. Can you provide any advice as the impact could be significant.

Asked by: Kerry Brown  | Sunday 15 September, 3.28am | 2 answers

what size inverter

-what size inverter should i use for very brief/short use of electric drill or angle grinder 1000 watts max. also a computer
-is pure sine wave worth getting
-i find that charging my laptop while in use from a very small inverter causes screen fluctuations , would this be corrected with a pure sine wave unit?
im aware that they can over heat and do drain the batteries quickly.
am assuming that as wattage increases so does the price but i dont know by how much

Asked by: mb  | Thursday 12 September, 11.55am | 1 answer

finding red diesel outside the canal system

wish to transport red diesel to my boat but am having much trouble finding red diesel outside the canal system [for collection]
have phoned dozens of places , interested in suppliers near Cosgrove/milton Keynes or bristol
i keep missing the fuel boat .
thought there might be a list somewhere

Asked by: mb  | Thursday 12 September, 11.41am | 1 answer

isolators switch

if isolator switches [2] are turned off will solar panels still charge the batteries. i can only say that 2 simple flashing light regulators [dont know what they are called] were fitted with the 2 panels some years ago

Asked by: mb  | Friday 6 September, 6.07pm | 1 answer


gotta say as a new comer to the cut i luv this place for info.
i occurred to me that as im going to wait till spring to fit new anodes to my 34 v hull and don't know if there are even any of the old ones left maybe as a temp solution i could dangle a couple of new anodes into the water by thick copper cables firmly attached to the the steel coach roof. the boat will remain stationary
perfect use for very cheap and redundant battery jumper leads that aren't up to the job on cars

Asked by: mb  | Friday 6 September, 5.49pm | 3 answers

Painting Inside of our Narrowboat

Could anyone give advice on the type of paint that is best to use on the walls and ceiling inside the boat. Currently it is bare wood.

Asked by: Brigitte Pacheco  | Thursday 5 September, 11.38pm | 5 answers

tiolet options

i understand that regarding toilets a pump out system can be emptied by the owner at no cost as opposed to a paid for pump out service. does this go into the canal ?, presumably with a degradable chemical

Asked by: mb  | Wednesday 4 September, 10.51am | 4 answers

Where to install battery isolator switch

I have a cruiser stern. Can I put the battery isolator switch in the engine bilge as I'm worried if I put outside vandal/theft could steal the key but wording of the BSS seems to suggest it must be outside?

Asked by: ladyt  | Thursday 29 August, 6.05pm | 2 answers

stern gear

The prop on my narrowboat is about 7 cm from the stern and only 1or2 from the rudder. What is the correct ratio and are there any problems in shortening the shaft?

Asked by: mr c richold  | Wednesday 28 August, 7.56am | 1 answer

Recycle batteries

Can the new Lithium ion batteries & other new types be recycled, and how much will it cost me for this as a disposable charge ?

Asked by: Gary  | Tuesday 27 August, 2.24am | 3 answers

mixing bitument paints

i have a steel hull to black . I'm going to do it in ordinary bitumen paint [not the enhanced type], it has occurred to me that most bitumens are very similar, so my question is: can various brands, which i can source very cheaply, be mixed on the same job [obviously they will all use the same solvent]
as i suspect you cant, for legal reasons, give a definitive answer can you for see any problems?
thanks again, m

Asked by: mb  | Friday 23 August, 2.28pm | 6 answers

Fertan, blacking and rust

i was going to use Fertan on a 1990 springer steel hull where i found rust after pressure washing off the bitumen and prior to applying new bitumen.
i since read somewhere reputable that the fertan works buy turning the rust to a powder which is then washed of leaving bare metal, by WW says that it leaves a protective coating which dosent have to be painted for 6 months. sorry to be doubtful but can you pls confirm your explanation of what it does.
Also, is it necessary/recommended to do as i describe above or just leave the rust in any pits and black over. And will new bitumen adhere to the Fertan coating [if it does leave one]

Asked by: mb  | Saturday 17 August, 6.28pm | 1 answer

Calorifier life

How long can one expect a standard copper calorifier to last?

Asked by: Peter McLaren  | Friday 16 August, 12.27pm | 2 answers

Boating up the Humber

Hi, though we're not completely new to boating we've found ourselves having bought a narrowboat on the River Ancholme.
We need to get it up the Humber and Trent rivers to Keadby, and then onto the network to really get full use of our boat.
Can anyone tell us what we need to know to do this journey that differs from a regular canal journey? Any tips however small will be gratefully received.
Cheers, Dunk

Asked by: Duncan Wright  | Thursday 15 August, 9.22pm | 1 answer

British Naturism web site re: W.W. Page 13 Sept 2019

To direct you to the BRITISH NATURISM web site without coming across other non naturist web sites that may have sexual content.
BRITISH NATURISM : www.bn.org.uk
International Naturist Federation : www.inf-fni.org/Home
Google may say inf-fni.org is not safe. The link is fine - linked from bn.org.uk

Asked by: Gary  | Saturday 10 August, 4.41pm | no answers yet - add one

Old magazine editions

I am hoping for some advice on what to do with old waterways world editions. I have all editions from 1975 onwards with the majority in binders. Not sure if anyone would want them or whether I recycle them ?

Asked by: kate  | Saturday 3 August, 5.17pm | 1 answer

Baseplate corrosion

In looking at a prospective purchase of an 11 year old nb, the hull inspection has revealed widespread pitting of the unblacked baseplate to a depth of 3mm. While the costs of protective work is clear - what impact does this have on the intrinsic value of the boat?

Asked by: Philip Wallington  | Friday 19 July, 10.20am | 3 answers

Cruising Speed

Hi I have just returned from a trip on the Shropie and was frustrated on may occasions by boats much travelling slower than myself and not looking behind to check for other boats and allow me to indicate that I wish to overtake. Can you, or other boaters, advise me on the most appropriate way to indicate to the boat in front that I wish to overtake.
Regards Peter Heath

Asked by: Peter Heath  | Thursday 18 July, 7.42pm | 1 answer

Hydrogen for generators

What are the issues when it comes to using hydrogen gas to power a generator?

Asked by: Mark Jeffries  | Sunday 14 July, 5.56pm | 3 answers

Scaly deposit in water tank

We have an aluminium water tank on our 2005 Sea Otter which has hard white deposits that block the pump filter. The tank is inaccessible and we've flushed it through with copious amounts of water. The problem hasn't gone away. Do you have any ideas to solve the problem? Do you know of a chemical that wouldn't make the problem worse considering it's an aluminium tank? Removal of the tank would be difficult and costly. Any suggestions gratefully received. Thanks for your time.

Asked by: Claire Scholes   | Sunday 7 July, 11.20am | 4 answers

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