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Limescale remover compatible with Elsan Blue

Hi - we have macerator loos with Elsan Blue in the holding tanks. The bowls are getting badly stained at the exit route where limescale is forming. Can someone recommend a cleaner that will not harm the chemicals in the holding tank please nor the (hard plastic) pipe seals.

Asked by: Ian Hawkes  | Tuesday 18 October, 5.19pm | 1 answer

Multi fuel stoves

Hi all looking at a multi fuel stove for my new build can anyone recommend a stove that does not coke up the glass or what features I should look for to help prevent this .
thanks Tom

Asked by: Tom Grocott  | Sunday 16 October, 10.28am | 3 answers

Reviews of Cuttwater boat builders

Hi, I'm almost ready to buy my first nb and was hoping I could get some feedback on cuttwater boat builders in Doncaster. Are they good builders? Does anyone have a cuttwater boat? Advice is appreciated. Thanks, Lisa

Asked by: Lisa  | Wednesday 12 October, 7.38pm | 2 answers

Solar power

Hi I am nearing the end of my 60Ft boat build, and now my attention turns to the need for power. We have decided to have a generator fitted to give us 230v when on the move ,but most people seem to have solar panels fitted are these a good option and if so which ones are the best and what wattage should we go for it will be a live aboard thanks Tom

Asked by: Tom Grocott  | Monday 10 October, 5.38pm | 3 answers

Singe handed

How to Singe handed run a

Asked by: Pete Friend  | Friday 7 October, 5.11pm | 1 answer

change of address

I need to change my address, how?

Asked by: dave  | Wednesday 28 September, 10.37am | 3 answers

painting water tank

I need to paint my fresh water tank. Any tips would be gratefully received. Best type of paint, do I need to take it back to bear metal, any easy ways for preparation etc.. Also not sure if I can get into the tank easily (I`m quite large) so any help with this would would be great. Failing all this are there companies that would do it for me at my mooring (lechlade on Thames).

Asked by: Paul Jones  | Monday 26 September, 12.58pm | 3 answers

Looking for a narrow boat for me and my little dog polo

Right were to start? Right yer go's who do I go about looking for my narrow boat and how do I bye my boat

Asked by: Peter  | Monday 26 September, 11.50am | 1 answer

Suitable backing to be used when installing a wood burning stove

We are going to replace our wood burning stove and want to replace the existing tiles at the same time. Is there any other covering we can use such as a metal or tile sheet over a non combustible back board ? Regards Denise

Asked by: Denise Riding  | Tuesday 13 September, 2.09pm | 2 answers


I'm shortly going to be cruising rivers including the tidal Ouse. So I need to install an anchor. I've done a bit of research and it seems I need an anchor, some chain and some rope. But how heavy and how long? Mine is a 55 foot 16 ton narrowboat. I've heard that I might need a 25 kilo anchor. However, I don't think that I could physicaly pull that out of the water! What would the minimum weight be? I'm quite old and just not that strong : ) Also, how would I attach the anchor? I have a cratch cover, which makes it very difficult to get onto the front of the boat without unzipping the sides. I'm thinking that in an emergency situation, that's not the best thing to be doing. I have thought about attaching the anchor to the front of the boat and storing it in the cratch, ready to just throw over the side in an emergency. Does that sound sensible? Can the anchor be attached at the back of the boat instead, where I could quickly drop it ove the side (it's a cruiser stern)? Any help appreciated, particularly with anchor size and how to put all that anchor, chain and rope together. Thanks.

Asked by: Carl  | Thursday 8 September, 7.57am | 5 answers

battery charging

If I install a new 240v battery charger on my narrow boat, do I need 1) a 2 bank charger to charge domestic and starter batteries separately,but at the same time, 2)some switching device to charge the batteries individually off a one bank charger, ie domestic or starter, or 3)can I connect all my batteries in parallel and charge them all at the same time. If connected together will my starter battery loose power when I'm running domestic only and will I risk running it down. Your guidance on the use of a one bank charger would be very much appreciated as internet advise on this although very good and informative, does not appear to address this item. regards Colin

Asked by: colin dixie  | Wednesday 7 September, 1.43pm | 2 answers

boat heating

As the temperature starts to fall we will be needing the heating back on. Ive got a pretty good system. Only complaint is central heating does not work off engine heat but hot water produced both from engine and central heating. My biggest gripe is because the calorifier is at the back of the boat and sink, basins and shower at the front you have t orun off so much water before it starts running hot. was thinking of fitting one of these,https://www.aquahot.co.uk/hyco-sf10k-speedflow-premier-undersink-unvented-water-heater-10l#reviews, 1.2kW of course. By the sink but on the hot line rather than cold. I appreciate it will not be any good for a shower but be nice not emptying the calorifier just to fill the sink. Any thoughts or recommendations of how others have got around this concern? I do not what to install gas on the boat. Thanks

Asked by: John Lawson  | Friday 2 September, 1.43pm | 5 answers

September issue

I have not received my September issue yet. When can I expect to get it?

Asked by: Ann Johnston  | Thursday 1 September, 3.22pm | 1 answer

Tidal Ouse

I'm going to be heading from Chester up to Ripon on 1st October. 180 miles and 154 locks. I have never taken my boat onto a river, just canals. I'm not worried about the journey, other than the tidal river ouse. How scary is that section and can anyone offer me any advice on mooring on it, as I'm sure it can't be done in a day. Timing the tides? Help?

Asked by: Carl  | Thursday 1 September, 11.03am | 8 answers

How much heating?

We are having an old 30ft springer narrowboat completely refitted. Space is at a premium so we're considering not having the woodburner. The hull has been well insulated with kingspan insulation normally used in house building, and the carpenter reckons it's about 10deg cooler in than out on a sunny day. Of course I'm more concerned about what it will be like in the winter and wondering what our (cheap) heating options are without the woodburner. The other half reckons just leaving the oven on for a bit would do it, but I'm not so sure. We're not going to be living aboard, just leisure boating.

Asked by: Fran  | Wednesday 31 August, 11.13am | 2 answers

Engine bay / stern gland bay - tap

I recently noticed that there is a tap connecting the engine bay to the stern gland bay, so I should be able to use the stern gland pump to empty the engine bay of water/fuel/oil. Whilst it would not be right/legal to dump these liquids in to the canal as I can collect it in a bucket, is the pump designed to deal with oil or will it ruin the pump?

Asked by: Chris Marriott  | Tuesday 30 August, 10.09pm | 3 answers

2 volt battery

I have been told that power cell who make 2 volt batteries ,linking together would be a better system than my 4 x 135amp 12 volt batteries . your thoughts would be helpfull as i,m a bit sceptical as that means a lot more wiring and space .

Asked by: mick turner  | Saturday 27 August, 2.20pm | 3 answers

broad beam in foulrifge tunnel

Hi, can anybody advise if it ok to take a broadbeam with fixed wheelhouse through foulridge tunnel? If so any recommendations for protecting the wheelhouse sides? boat width 12ft, air draft 7ft 8ins. I just made it through Rentons Bridge on the Ripon canal recently if that helps. Thanks

Asked by: John Lawson  | Friday 19 August, 2.41pm | 3 answers

Suitable anchor

I have taken over a 62ft 17tonne nb which has a 16kg Britany anchor. Having looked at a couple of marine sites is this anchor man enough for the boat to hold her in a river?. There is chain and shackles and rope to hold the boat to the anchor. Any advice would be appreciated
Thank you
nb Jamdrew of Larkfield

Asked by: bill goad  | Wednesday 17 August, 11.36am | 3 answers

Replacing halogen with LED lighting on a narrowboat

I want to replace halogen lighting on my 4 yr old narrowboat with equivalent LED. Halogen bulbs are marked 12v 10w. Nobody seems to do an equivalent. The nearest is a MR16 -10L from Bedazled but this is the equivalent of a 20w bulb, twice my current bulbs. Will this be too bright? There are 28 halogen lights on my boat. What LEDs are fitters using now?

Asked by: Eamonn Hallmark  | Tuesday 16 August, 3.50pm | 2 answers

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