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Jumping energy monitor

Follow-up to R Smedley's answer in WW March 2016. My batteries dropped to 75% after several days moored up. However despite long cruising days the batteries did not charge beyond 86% as shown on my Mastervolt combi charger. Back at my marina the mains hook-up quickly took the batteries up to 100%. Testing comparative charging rates in the marina shows higher charging rate on the engine than on the mains hook up. What was going wrong with the charging while we were cruising?

Asked by: Colin Davis  | Thursday 10 March, 4.03pm | 1 answer

Fuel Contamination Advice

I have recently suffered fuel contamination, presumably by water. Following research on-line I added a dose of Aquasolve to the tank which was about half full. Following the additive instructions I then topped up the tank with fresh fuel. When I re-started the engine it smoked, spluttered and died. I drained a milky white substance from the drain plug on my fuel filter so I pumped out fuel from the bottom of the tank. A large amount of a milky white 'emulsion' sank below a pink cloudy quantity of fuel in the plastic container. (photo available) How has this happened? What is the white emulsion? Advice please. Many Thanks.

Asked by: Eamonn Hallmark  | Wednesday 9 March, 12.38pm | 1 answer

Hi Guys

Guys silly question but not much info online about this. Is it possible to reach Chester from London on a wide-beam canal boat,rivers included. i'm not new to sailing but very new to the canals and rivers of the united kingdom.

Asked by: rayray  | Wednesday 9 March, 9.07am | 2 answers

Sailaway fit out

I have been told I can't fit out my sailaway on the C&RT site where we moor. I can't see anything in the T&Cs about this is this correct?

Asked by: Dawn Randall  | Thursday 3 March, 11.00am | 2 answers

size of water pump

what size water pump would you recommendd for a 60' nb driving the usual resources and how does plumbing a second pump into the system work

Asked by: james edge  | Monday 29 February, 10.27am | 2 answers

Alde boiler servicing

Does anyone know of a good gas safe engineer who can service and Alde Boiler (Comfort 2928) on a nb moored in central London? Thanks

Asked by: John Coughlan  | Wednesday 24 February, 9.47am | 3 answers

Stove Fan.

Hello, Why should I pay over £160 for a stove fan when some are available for just under £80. Obviously the more expensive one maybe slightly better but I feel us boaters are ripped off with anything we wish to buy.
Thanks in advance.

Asked by: Trevor Smith  | Friday 19 February, 10.27am | 3 answers

co alarm

Read in the March issue "Advice Boat Safety" mentions looking out for standard EN 50291-2 on checking mine it complies with EN-50292 is this the same, better? It is the Nest Protect version 2 unit.

Asked by: Robert Hilsdon  | Saturday 13 February, 11.35am | 1 answer

Converting a small narrowboat into a workshop

I need a new home for my workshop where I do woodturning and pen making. I was thinking of buying an old 23 foot Springer narrowboat, stripping out the interior so I can install my machinery. I have a lathe that weighs about 100kg, a bandsaw, small second lathe and other small machines plus work benches etc. I am concerned about stability of the vessel, and the maximum payload for a boat of this size. Power will come from a hookup in the marina or from an on board generator and the boat will likely be a butty to our main liveaboard boat, but I don't envisage pairing it up for cruising very often. Any help and guidance you can give will be gratefully received. I've also got to ask the marina if they'll allow me to do this because there will be some noise associated with using the machinery, although I wouldn't be using the generator for power whilst moored in the marina.
Thank you in advance and hope to hear from you.
Kind regards
Ray Fowler

Asked by: Raymond Fowler  | Saturday 6 February, 9.11am | 3 answers

Waterways world

do lneed to be able to read magazine on line?

Asked by: Barry sharratt  | Thursday 4 February, 12.45pm | 1 answer

Wood Burner

Can anyone recommend a company that can install a wood burning stove in my boat.
Cuting the hole in the cabin and so on?
Based in Stoke - Staffordshire.

Asked by: Jason Hulme  | Thursday 28 January, 9.51am | 2 answers

engine problem

I have an SR2 Lister hand start ,problem is fuel not reaching injectors any ideas .thanks

Asked by: John Bedford  | Wednesday 27 January, 12.46pm | 6 answers

Can you change the name of a narrowboat?

Is it possible to change the name of a narrowboat? If it is, then how does one go about it (apart from the obvious re-painting)?

Asked by: Rod Nelson  | Tuesday 26 January, 1.36pm | 1 answer

wooden boat repair

HI there, I am considering purchasing a wooden narrowboat and am looking for someone that would be able to do some re-skinning and replace floor and treat bilges. Any advice would be greatly appreciated

Asked by: Amanda Kelleher  | Monday 25 January, 2.33pm | 1 answer


As my previous question was a little vague I thought I would be a bit more technical. What I need is to nset up a wifi system within the boat to operate laptops wifi speaker system .I would also like to know the best type of antenna to fit to the outside of the boat to receive the signal from outside

Asked by: Tom Grocott  | Wednesday 20 January, 5.23pm | 1 answer


What is the best type of inverter for a live aboard boat with extended cruising in mind and which system is best ie stand alone or to have 2 inverters in a piggy back system

Asked by: Tom Grocott  | Wednesday 13 January, 5.29pm | 3 answers

Battery charging

Advice please on keeping. BAtteries charged during winter

Asked by: Ken jones  | Tuesday 5 January, 3.32pm | 2 answers

how do i delete unwanted cad designs?

I am using your cad boatplanner and have done over 20 different versions of various lengths and types. I would like to delete some of the earlier versions, but cannot see how to do that. Please let me know how I do.

Asked by: philip derby  | Wednesday 16 December, 6.06pm | no answers yet - add one

Spiercraft 24ft Narrowboat

Can anybody help me track down any info on my boat?
I do believe it was built by either N&M or M&N Narrowboats between 1990 - 1995. The model is Spiercraft 24ft with an Honda GD1250 engine. Any advise or info would be of great help😊

Asked by: Jason Hulme  | Wednesday 9 December, 8.36pm | 2 answers

Size of Stern Gland Packing

1. How do I determine the size of stern gland packing. The shaft on my narrowboat is 30 mm dia. but the gland does not appear to have any marking to indicate size of packing required. Apart from taking off the for'd cover and measuring the clearance how do I know which size packing to purchase?
2. Is it necessary to cut the new packing into circles before fitting, rather than fitting in 1 piece in a spiral, which might provide a better seal.

Asked by: Peter McLaren  | Tuesday 17 November, 12.23pm | 3 answers

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