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I want to buy an old lifeboat fibreglass from rosendal norway with a sabb motor 20ft by 7ft 1975 was stored outside will the fibre glass have osmossis?

Asked by: Andy Krohn  | Monday 16 March, 10.09am | 1 answer

exide batteries

does two 6 volt 180 amp exide batteries when put together make 12volts and add up to 260amps when put together?

Asked by: fred brussels  | Wednesday 11 March, 8.16pm | 1 answer

Wide Beam Propulsion - again

My wide beam had a stupid rudder - 31 cm in front of the post and 31 cm behind. I have removed approx 17 cm off the front of the rudder and the tiller is handlable up to max revs but the steering is vague. I was thinking of creating a duct by bringing two plates vertically from the uderside to just below the shaftthen three more to surround the the prop. I thought to take the plates from 25 cm in front of the prop and as far back as I can w=ithout fouling the rudder. Will it work?

Asked by: Ken Neale  | Monday 9 March, 6.02pm | 2 answers

sound insulation

I have a steel deck and have tried self adhesive foam insulation under. Twice it has fallen off, i have thoroughly de greased the underside of the deck and this has not helped. Can anyone suggest a suitable adhesive to fix the offending insulation as my Lister Petter A2 engine is lovely but naturally noisy.

Asked by: Robin Emmins  | Monday 9 March, 7.24am | 3 answers

Leaky windows.

I appear to have water leaking in between the glass and frame on the lower pane of my windows, are seals replaceable and has anyone got any advice as to what i should do. I cannot afford to replace the windows. Thanks

Asked by: Robin Emmins  | Monday 9 March, 6.51am | 2 answers

Narrow boat for commercial use

We have a 60ft narrow boat which is based near Nantwich. Unfortunately, we dont get to use it that often and I am desparately trying to convince my boyfriend not to sell it, as we do love it, but its a lot of money just sitting there. Is it viable with the correct insurance and other relevant things in plase to rent it out privately and through your magazine. Any help much appreciated.

Asked by: melanie  | Saturday 28 February, 12.59pm | 2 answers

Pull out bed extension design

Currently have 4' wide bed which I'd like to extend to around 4'6" via a pull-out extension that can be pushed in during the day. Any designs available? No problem sorting the mattress part.

Asked by: Dave Martin  | Friday 27 February, 7.46pm | 3 answers

grill for Caprice cooker

I have a Caprice 2040 cooker and the grill has virtually died - it takes about 20 minutes to make a very lightbrown piece of toast. the cooker was new with the boat so is about 2 1/2 years old.My Corgi registered adviser thinks the parts aren't available and/or he wouldn't be allowed to fit them. Are there any alternatives to buying a complete new cooker ?

Asked by: Sue Harding Hirst  | Thursday 26 February, 10.57pm | 2 answers

green power

would either a solar panel or a wind turbine fitted to a new boat save enough running costs to recoup the capital costs in 5 years?

Asked by: jude  | Wednesday 25 February, 5.21pm | 1 answer

"Ownership Club"

I own a recently completed 57' Narrowboat currently kept on a mooring in West Yorkshire. I work at sea and I am away for extended periods of time. I also have homes in France, Scottish Borders and have of late spent most of my time at my partner's home in Leeds.
I'm concerned that my boat and property in France are becoming cash sinks that I am reluctant to part with as I enjoy short breaks on both. However I don't use either sufficiently to justify continued ownership.
My question for yourselves relates to the Narrowboat but I'd like to apply the principles involved to the French Property too.
Question is - Can I legitimately start a private members club where an annual membership fee would entitle members to a number of weeks access to the boat. The sort of deal I would have in mind would be that members would maintain a level of dry stores on board, clean and either launder bedding and towels before leaving or bring their own. Major maintenance and a breakdown service would be provided by myself on an annual basis. I would imagine I would have to pay a commercial rate for my waterways licence and insurance but would like to limit any liability to members within the rules of the club.
I think that in these days of internet and eMail communications a club of this nature could work well with the right members. I'd like to think that swapping of weeks, and helping each other out with pick-ups, drop-offs and back to back cruises could become commonplace amoung members.
So I guess what I'd like to know is, Can this be done legally, Can you see any pitfalls and would Waterways World carry my advertising?
Look forward to your answer as this appears to be a way in which I can afford to justify keeping a boat which I've spent too much time fitting out and not enough time enjoying - simply by allowing others to enjoy using it!
Ken Wharton

Asked by: Ken Wharton  | Monday 23 February, 4.07pm | 3 answers


Have just bought a boat fitted with Rediline. What is it? How does it work?Are there any publications explaining this and all narrow boat electrics?

Asked by: ewart lucas  | Friday 20 February, 5.31pm | 1 answer

non invasive diesel fuel level indicator

Does anyone know of a non invasive diesel fuel level indicator that would work on a narrowboat?

Asked by: Graham Little  | Friday 20 February, 9.00am | 1 answer

Kitchen Design

The time has come to refurbish the kitchen on our shared ownership boat. Do you know any good design sources and/or specialist narrowboat kitchen fitters?

Asked by: Dragonfly  | Wednesday 18 February, 11.40am | 1 answer

Wide Beam Propulsion

I have a 54ft wide beam built in 1994. The rudder is about 8 inches from the prop. and is not very responsive. Would it help to buld a duct round the prop. to direct the water flow at the rudder?

Asked by: Ken Neale  | Friday 13 February, 7.10pm | 1 answer

bilge water

i have a 52ft steel narrowboat just 2yr old and have just draind my bilge and revoved 140lt of water over 3 days is this amount normal for 2yr the water is clean with a tint of rust colour

Asked by: tony furborough  | Sunday 8 February, 2.37pm | 2 answers

Measham/Bargeware/Barge ware

Do you have any articals the above.Any month or year

Asked by: Edward Wilson  | Sunday 8 February, 12.59pm | 1 answer

Boating Log Software

I like to keep a boating log on my laptop,currently I do it in Excel, does anyone know of any boat logging software to run independently of any of the available planners?

Asked by: Graham Little  | Thursday 5 February, 10.06pm | 2 answers

How easy is it to replate a 50ft narrowboat diy style

I am the proud owner of a 50ft boat that required rebottoming and possibly the sides. I have an experienced welder (although not of narrowboats!) I have been told that I should, with the help of my welder friend be able to achieve a replate at home. What are the pros and cons and what should I specifically, if anything, be aware of. Many thanks.

Asked by: mandy swallow  | Sunday 1 February, 11.32pm | 1 answer

Fuel consumption

We have a new 58Ft. narrowboat fitted with a Barrus shire engine 45Hp. and were wondering what kind of fuel consumption to expect.

Asked by: CHRIS ANDERS  | Sunday 1 February, 7.54pm | 2 answers

electric underfloor heating

the practicalities of using underfloor heating and safety regulations of using this form of heating

Asked by: sam marriott  | Saturday 31 January, 1.49pm | 1 answer

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