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Mon Sep 10, 2018 at 10:03am
Repairs to a narrowboat engine can be expensive. In this article we will give advice on how to maintain your engine to help prevent breakdown later on.Keep it CleanA clean engine will be a lot easier to maintain than a dirty one. This is because you'll be more likely to spot water or oil leaks and potential issues, which left unattended for any length of time could end up costing a lot more to repair. If you paint the engine bay in a white or very light colour it will reflect the light and make ....
Tue May 29, 2018 at 12:52pm
Checking The Stern Gear on a Narrowboat will need to be done when the boat is out of the water for a blacking of a hull survey as you will need to get underneath the boat to locate it. It is extremely important that you ensure that the engine is switched off before embarking on a stern gear check.What is a stern gear?A Stern Gear is the general term for the propeller, the propeller shaft and any supporting brackets or bearings. The stern gear assembly is a general term used for the part of the b....
Mon Apr 23, 2018 at 2:50pm
The gas locker on a used narrowboat and it's installations will be inspected as part of the Boat Safety Scheme examination, however as there are four years time between each inspection, which is a relatively long time in gas locker terms, it is important to check for deterioration between these inspections. The gas locker can rapidly corrode if not kept regularly maintained and this could mean the difference between a BSS pass and a fail and cost even more down the line.What to do if you suspect....
Mon Feb 5, 2018 at 11:40am
Our Top Tips for Getting Your Used Narrowboat to Pass the Boat Safety SchemeThe Boat Safety Scheme is a public safety initiative owned by Canal and River Trust and the Environment Agency. It's purpose is to help minimise the risk of boat fires, explosions or pollution harming people or the environment on the Inland Waterways of the UK.Just like a car has an MOT, on most of the UK's waterways, a boat needs to be licenced, insured and have a valid BSS certificate before it can cruise. A BSS lasts ....
Mon Jul 17, 2017 at 8:09am
Changing the oil on your narrow boat is only a problem if you don't know how to do it. You have a few options available; 1. You can ask another boater (can be difficult especially if you're a man!)2. Call in the experts from a marina which of course will cost you a few quid or 3. Learn to do it yourself. If you are still reading I am assuming you have opted for option three and are going to give it ago yourself. Good for you! The engine is the heart of your boat it not only p....
Tue Mar 21, 2017 at 2:15pm
Advice On De Fouling The Propellor On A NarrowboatThere is often a lot of debris in the canals, particularly at this time of the year after winter winds have blown twigs, leaves and general rubbish into the water. This can cause problems with rubbish and debris getting caught up in the propeller of your narrowboat, which in turn can cause stress to your boats engine.As the propeller on a narrow boat turns during cruising, any leaves or debris that are floating or suspended in the water can colle....
Mon Nov 21, 2016 at 3:21pm
Boo Hoo It’s That Time of Year Again!Yesunfortunately it's that time of year when some boaters are thinking aboutclosing their boats up for the winter season. Many people only use their narrowboats as holiday homes. Once the summer months are over they decide it'stime to go home, and therefore need to winterise their boats in order to leave them safely over the wintermonths.However ifyou decide to live aboard over the winter then its pretty much business as usual. Take a look at your radia....
Wed Feb 24, 2016 at 11:42am
PRODUCT RECALL - LPG Gas Regulator Novacomet Branded BP1803We have had notification of a Recall of LPG Gas Regulator Novacomet Branded BP1803 for more information on this product read the poster by clicking the above link. Recall Helpline 0800 088 5545 or see their website by clicking here
Tue Jan 26, 2016 at 10:22am
At Whilton Marina wefrequently get asked questions about steel narrowboat hulls. So in this articlewe will share these popular questions and give you the answers.How Do I Know What Condition a Narrowboat Hull isin?Generallyspeaking we don't know what the hull is like on the used boats we have for sale, unless the boat has had a recent hull survey carried out. This is why as acompany we always recommend a prospective used narrow boat purchaser to commissiona survey to be carried out on the b....
Wed May 6, 2015 at 10:27am
Narrow Boat BatteriesMany of ourpotential customers ask us about how the batteries work on a narrow boat. So inthis article we will explain the two different types of batteries you have onboard and how they are used.The physicalsize of the battery unit does not affect the ratings or the performance of thebattery. The batteries provide you with the main source of power for all yourelectrical appliances on your boat.Starter oralso known as a Traction BatteryThe starterbattery is designed to delive....
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