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Fri Jul 13, 2018 at 9:27am

What should I focus on when selecting a Narrowboat

When looking to start the buying process being armed with the right advice and information will make the process of buying a narrow boat more pleasurable and less stressful.

The temptation to jump in feet first is not a wise move, take a step back and let’s look at what information you should gather before visiting any boats.
•How often you are going to use the boat?
•What are you going to use it for?
•How much cruising are you going to do?
•New or used narrow boat?
•What style will best suit you; traditional, semi trad, cruiser, wide beam?What size do you need?
•How much do you want to spend?



Use the internet to do your homework there are plenty of useful websites and forums that will help answer any questions you may have. If you are unsure what style and size boat will best suit your needs then check out brokerage websites to see the different styles.

It’s also a good idea to talk to people who already own a narrow boat as they will be able to guide you and help you.

Look at as many boats you can. Now you know what you are looking for it’s time to start looking for that dream boat. By visiting marinas you will have easy access to a lot of boats all in one place.

Make a list of the boats you would like to view, this way you will be prepared and will save time on the day you visit, giving you more time to spend on the boats and talking to the staff.

It’s also a good idea to have a list of questions you may want to ask the broker written down. If you think you are going to need an hour or so to go over things, try ringing the marina first to see if they will make an appointment for you.





Finances and budget, knowing how much money you have to spend is always a good thing. There are specialist marine mortgage companies who can help and advise you, as well as the high street banks if you need to borrow money to make your purchase. A marine mortgage works in the same way as when you purchase a mortgage for a house, and you will need a deposit of roughly 20% of the boats purchase price.

If you have your finances in place you will be in a good position when you make an offer. Most brokers will ask you how you intend to finance your purchase. If you are using a marine mortgage company they will be able to produce a letter of intent, and if you are in the process of selling a property, your solicitor will be able to supply a letter when you are close to completion.




Where to keep it. Knowing where you are going to keep your new purchase is a must. if you buy from a marina they will more than likely allow you to stay a few days whilst you get your belongings on board and sort yourself out, but then it will be time to move on. If you are going to be continuously cruising this isn’t going to be a problem, you just need to decide which way you are going to go!

But for those of you that need moorings, looking into this before your purchase is a good idea. Types of mooring options are explained on the Canal and River Trust website, this is where you will also need to obtain your mooring licence from.






Survey. Just like when you buy a property, you should have a survey carried out. This will give you as the buyer a clear indication of the boats condition and if there is something wrong you may be able to get the seller to put it right or to reduce the price. If working with a brokerage company they will be able to handle this for you.

Wow, after all this, hopefully you will now be in a good position to go out and buy yourself a new narrow boat. Remember it’s a large financial investment and should be carefully thought out.

 

Happy cruising from all at Venetian Marina.


Wed Jun 20, 2018 at 11:00am

 

Different types of Stern Gear

The stern gear is located in the rear of the hull below the water line. The propeller shaft links the propeller via the stern gear and bearings, so that the rotating motion of the engine via the gear box can be converted into thrust to propel the boat. The propeller shaft is supported by a bearing arrangement which acts as an intermediate phase between the canal water and the boat.

The stern tube passes through the lower part of the hull of the vessel so carrying the shaft, and connecting it to the propeller and bearings.  The lubrication arrangement and most importantly the sealing arrangements can vary in different types of narrowboat sterns. The stern tube bearing arrangement and sealing plays a vital part in the vessel's operation.

 

Conventional Stern Gear.

These consist of a Stuffing box, central tube (also called the centre bearing) are used around the propeller shaft at the point where the boat's hull is underwater. Rings of soft packing material are placed in the stuffing box around the shaft. When the gland nuts are tightened up on the stuffing box the packing forms a water tight seal, while allowing the propeller shaft to rotate. Various materials can be used for the packing, flax, hemp and cotton. More modern materials are now used which have graphite or Teflon in. Packing rope are often impregnated with grease or PTFE lubricants.

 

 

 

Water lubricated

This is probably the simplest of the seal designs. It consists of a rubber ring, with a lipped profile supported by a spring, contained in a housing. The rubber lip seal runs on the shaft to form the seal.This seal is generally used on: Pleasure craft. Light duty, low pressure sealing, where low cost is required.It requires little attention other than ensuring that a water supply is maintained during operation. It only requires a very small amount of special grease applying via the grease nipple every 300 hours.

There is generally no back up for the seal in case of failure. there is no requirement for an additional "back-up" seal. The seal needs replacing at shorter intervals than the other seals to be safe and, prevent a "drippy" stern gear.

 

 

The disadvantage is the ring gradually wears a groove in the shaft and so a replaceable liner sleeve is recommended.

 

 

The rear bearing on the drive shaft which goes through the hull of a vessel, is usually made of brass with an inner grooved rubber lining that is lubricated by the surrounding water entering the grooves as it rotates.

When you replace a drive shaft on your boat, it is also a good idea to replace the cutlass bearing and lip seal.

Happy cruising from all at Venetian Marina.

 

Sat Jun 2, 2018 at 12:00pm

LPG Bubble Tester.

Gas can be the most dangerous substance likely to be on a boat, you'd may be shocked how far down the list most people place the safety of their gas system.

Many vessels have dangerously old and outdated instillation, but it is clear most owners do not wish to replace them. the priority seems to be given to other maintenance jobs such as blacking the hull or polishing the outside of the boat. Many insurers require at least a Gas Certificate, however CRT require an in date BSS Certificate when licensing your vessel.

The gas check is the basis for the standard which is adhered to and governed by the 'Boat Safety Scheme', which is designed for vessel on the inland waterways. In a marina, you may cause considerable damage with a gas explosion. So, to make it easier to detect gas leaks fit a bubble tester. 

The Bubble tester is a GAS leak detector and is intended for in-line installation, and should be connected into the gas system close to the outlet side of the regulator.

It provides an instant visible check on gas soundness from the outlet side to each installed appliance, a leaking system being positively indicated by bubbles appearing in the glass-sighting chamber. The Boat Safety Scheme and the new British Standard both recommend that one be fitted in an installation.

This Gas leak detector is a very simple but highly effective unit, It is designed to be connected into the gas pipe supply after the gas bottle regulator in the gas locker.

Once plumbed in, all the gas appliances are turned off and the gas turned on, you then simpley push and hold  the red knob down for about 10 seconds and check the glass sight glass for bubbles. If you get any bubbles after about 2 seconds you have a leak and should turn the gas off. No bubbles mean no leaks and it is safe to use the gas.

Please remember gas should be treated with respect! if you are not sure turn it off at the bottle and vent the boat DO NOT turn on lights or anything electrical, start the engine or have a naked flame or cigarette. Gas should be checked and fitted by a Corgi Gas Safe fitter.

Happy cruising from all at Venetian Marina.

 

 

 

Mon May 7, 2018 at 9:44am

Crick Boat Show 2018

With more than 50 narrowboats, wide-beams, heritage vessels and budget craft on display, there are more boats at Crick this year than ever before. Find out more about these boats in the Boats on Show feature of the May 2018 Canal Boating Times. The colourful boats set the scene at Crick Boat Show. With several dozen boats on the water in the marina, and more to view on land in the centre of the Show Village.  

 

 

As well as being the canal world’s biggest marketplace, showcasing the inland waterways industry with 300 exhibitors, the Show offers a fantastic day out for all the family with dozens of boats to look round, free boat trips, live music, children’s activities, a real ale marquee, and a large variety of food and drink stalls.

Peter Johns, Publisher of Waterways World and Show Director, says: "We are looking forward to welcoming people to our 2018 Crick Boat show, the UK’s largest inland waterways festival.

"Whether people are boating enthusiasts wanting to buy boating products and services, or just looking for a great family day out by the water, there’s lots to see and do at Crick Boat Show.

Crick is proud to be Britain's biggest inland waterways festival, but the Crick experience wouldn't be complete without the full weekend of music entertainment. Enjoy a wide selection of music performed live in the Wheatsheaf Marquee from noon 'til night and this year.

Buy your tickets to Crick Boat Show, the biggest of its kind on the network. Last year was the busiest one yet, with over 27,000 visitors, so it’s worth securing tickets to the 2018 event early.

Advance tickets holders save 15% on the entry price and children aged 16 years and under receive free entry on all three days of the show. Weekend tickets, camping pitches and moorings are also available to book.

Entry for the evening entertainment is included in the price of your ticket - making a trip to Crick incredible value for money.

Our Stand

Come and see us at the Crick Boat show this year 26th - 28th May 2018,

We will be exhibiting with our sister companies Whilton Marina and Cosgrove Park, be sure to visit us in the Waterways World Boating Marquee on stand  WW 8-15.

If you are thinking of buying a Narrow Boat, or maybe you are thinking of trading in your current vessel, Crick is a great place to start looking. The show offers you the opportunity to look at boats currently on the market and discuss your options with boat builders and sellers, to the new and second-hand markets.

This year at the show, we are going to have a competition to 'name the crane'  for everyone to enter. This is our new boat lift out crane based at Whilton Marina. We have some great prizes to win, see below for details on how to enter.


How To Enter Our Boat Show Competition

There's lots of fabulous prizes to win! To enter either email your suggestion for the name of our new crane to:

marketing@whiltonmarina.co.uk

or enter by uploading on our social media accounts facebook or twitter making sure to give your name, telephone number and email address so that we can contact the winners!

Music Headliners 2018 

Saturday 26 May

Dizzy Lizzy

Tribute band Dizzy Lizzy will be performing the ’70s and ’80s rock classics of Thin Lizzy. Sing along and stomp your feet to The Boys are Back in Town, Whiskey in the Jar and Black Rose and more. 

Sunday 27 May

ABBA Revival

ABBARevival

The UK's top ABBA tribute band, ABBA Revival, will take to the stage on Sunday evening to deliver a high-energy stage show that includes faithful choreography, authentic costumes and, of course, accurate renditions of the Swedish group's numerous hit records.

Revival's renowned ABBA stage show has proved a hit time and time again in the UK and the world over, wowing audiences from Europe to the Middle East and just recently the band has been invited to perform a 5 day tour in ABBA's homeland of Sweden.

Described as 'outstanding' and 'electric', ABBA Revival take their audience on a musical journey back to those pop-tastic disco days when ABBA ruled the dance floor - they'll guarantee to get everybody on their feet!

Join to hear some of ABBA's most iconic tunes, such as Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia and many, many more - you'll be sure to hear your favourites!

Tickets

Going to come? It's a good idea to buy your tickets for the Crick Boat Show in advance, as they cost more on the door.

We Look forward to seeing you there!

 

Sat Apr 21, 2018 at 9:20am

Types of insulation found in narrowboats

 

Spray Foam

Spray on polyurethane foam is an ideal way to insulate narrow boats. The foam is sprayed directly onto the inside of the hull and adheres well to steel hulls and most surfaces. As the polyurethane foam is sprayed it expands which makes it perfect for getting into voids and under battens. 

Spray applied polyurethane foam insulation differs from traditional insulation (sheet insulation and rock wool) in several ways. Firstly the speed of application of sprayed foam insulation is a major advantage over sheet insulation and rock wool. Spray foam is sprayed onto the inside of the boat whereas sheet insulation and rock wool have to be accurately cut to size and fitted. Polyurethane foam also has a far better insulation value than rock wool, and this translates to thinner insulation.

 

Rock wool

Rock wool Insulation is made from stone, with a non-directional fibre orientation and a higher density, which means not only good levels of insulation, it traps sound waves and dampens vibration.

Easy to cut to fit around cables, pipes, sockets and services,  Insulation is quick and easy to friction fit without leaving gaps or cracks, which can significantly reduce performance.

Good quality rockwool insulation repels water and is vapour permeable, and resists rot and mould.

Being made from stone also means exceptional fire performance again, good quality rock wool is capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 1,177C and achieving the highest Euroclass A1 fire resistance classification. rock wool insulation is ideal for use not only in boats, but in residential applications such as home offices, studies, bedrooms and bathrooms, and TV media and gaming rooms.

Polystyrene

Early narrow boats for leisure were insulated by big sheets of expanded polystyrene. This material is still used today by some converters and it has its place in terms of cost and ease of use. There are potential issues though.

PVC wiring reacts with polystyrene insulation. Polystyrene causes plasticisers used in the manufacture of older cabling to migrate thus causing the insulation to go brittle. The potential issue is where there is direct contact of the styrene and PVC sheath close to metal parts that may cause a short circuit if the cable breaks or the insulation cracks. Boat builders are aware of this now and so will run services via conduit if they are using polystyrene sheet.

If you are the owner of an older narrowboat it may be worth checking the integrity of the wiring where it is in contact with polystyrene sheeting. It is good to know that there is polystyrene resistant cabling available for repairs and upgrades. Polystyrene sheets must also be fire retardant.

The other issue is efficiency. It is impossible to completely cover the steel shell with sheets of polystyrene. The sheets have to be meticulously sealed to form a vapour barrier and this barrier can be breached over time. When this happens warm air from the interior gets around the polystyrene sheeting and condenses on the cold steel of the outer shell. This condensation can be considerable. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that over 10L of water could be produced in a very cold month. The only place this condensation can go is into the bilges. Many owners just don’t know it’s there. Come spring and summer, the bilges dry out and there is no issue. However, over time this wetting and drying will cause corrosion. The last place an owner needs corrosion is in a cabin bilge where it is often impossible to see. We would highly recommend making an access hole into the cabin bilge at the rear of the narrowboat so any build up of condensation can be removed as soon as possible.

Mon Apr 2, 2018 at 11:47am
 

Getting ready for the season's cruising

With over 3,000 miles of canals and navigable rivers to explore in Britain alone (and over 28,000 miles of navigable in Europe), cruising the inland waterways with friends and family is one of the most relaxing ways you can spend time on the water. Meander at your own pace through the countryside and past towns, embracing the unique lifestyle of the waterways and their fascinating history and heritage.

 

Whether you love tinkering with machines, or find the prospect of opening an engine somewhat daunting, it is essential that you maintain and service your narrowboat. Repairs or replacements for your boat can be costly, and are often caused by lack of engine knowledge or simply from using the wrong battery. Other times, it could be an alternator failure, water contamination or a broken cable.

Narrowboat maintenance checklist

It's recommended that you regularly carry out the following tasks for your canal boat:

  • Check your oil levels

  • Clean the boat's engine and check it's in good condition

  • Plug any leaks

  • Check the bilge pumps are working

  • Inspect the battery and top-up with de-ionised water

  • Look for any loose bolts or pipes

  • Check drive belts for tension and condition

  • Inspect the cables and control equipment for signs of wear and tear

Common engine issues

Carrying out regular preventative maintenance on the following engine components could save you from a costly repair call-out.

  • Bilges

    If your bilges are full of oil and water, this dangerous mixture could get into the engine with potentially disastrous consequences. It is important that you do not discharge the oil with the bilge pumps into the waterway but to manually dispose safely ashore.

  • Gearbox/Drive plates

    If you hit an underwater object, the drive plate is usually the first victim.  As canal boats don't have a clutch arrangement, gear boxes tend to receive a fair bit of abuse, so go easy and regularly service them.

  • Fan belts

    Always carry a spare alternator belt, and check its condition before setting off. Simply twist the belt and if there are cracks, or the edges are starting to look ragged it's time for a new belt. If you hear 'squealing' from an old belt, it probably needs replacing. If it's from a new belt, an adjustment is required.

  • Couplings

    If the bolts connecting the propeller shaft to the engine are loose, any movement will either sheer them off, which can result in loss of propulsion. Eventually the coupling will need replacing, and you may even have to change your prop shaft if the coupling has damaged it.

Narrowboat hull inspection

The hull of your narrowboat will take the brute force of the elements. This means it should undergo regular inspection to avoid leaks and other damage. It’s best to keep an eye on rust, corrosion and pitting, and don’t forget to have the inside of the hull checked over too.

Since the hull is normally out of view, you will need to organise regular inspections by a professional. You will  be required to take the boat out of the water in order for a marine surveyor to carry out a review of the state of the hull. As a rule of thumb, this should be done every three to four years – or more often if you’ve sustained any accidents.

Hull blacking

Blacking the hull helps to maintain the condition of your narrowboat by minimising the risk of rust and corrosion. Hull blacking involves extensively repainting the hull, and this should normally be done every two to three years.

It is entirely possible for you to black your boat's hull yourself. However, you will, of course, need the means to take the boat out of the water, and the time to paint it – meaning most boaters get it done by professionals at a marina. Blacking the hull will take up to three days and involves cleaning the hull of muck and grime then applying a couple of coats of hard-wearing paint, before drying and returning to water.

Preparing for the long haul

By taking the time to keep your narrowboat maintained, you will save yourself considerable money involved in repairs, replacements and call-outs. Keep our guide handy and follow the steps to ensure you stay cruising for years to come.

Now, just the shopping list to do,...Bacon, wine, beer.........

Happy Cruising from all at Venetian Marina.

Sun Mar 18, 2018 at 8:50am

Three boating knots you may find useful:

Reef Knot

The reef knot is used to tie the two ends of a single line together such that they will secure something, for example a bundle of objects, that is unlikely to move much. In addition to being used by sailors for reefing and furling sails, it is also one of the key knots of macrame textiles.

The Bowline Knot

This knot is used to make a loop or eye that will not slip but is easy to untie.  However much load is put on it the loop will not close but is easily released when the load is taken off.  This is why it is the only knot used by climbers for tying a rope around themselves.  On boats it can be used for putting an eye in a mooring rope so that it can be quickly put over a cleat or bollard on board, or it can be used for joining two ropes securely; a bowline is tied in the end of each, the second one through the first.  This is useful if you need to tow someone, the mooring lines can be used to make a longer line.  This knot needs lots of practice as its not the easiest to tie.  See how to make this knot below:

 

Hitch Knot

Is used to join two ropes together or a rope to itself.  If done correctly a knot will hold shape regardless of it being fixed to something else.  A hitch is used to fix a rope to another object, such as a carabiner or pole, and relies on that object to hold.  You can see this easily by tying an eight follow-thru onto a carabiner.  Do the same with a clove hitch.  Now take the carabiner away and see what happens – it will fall apart.  Some sources classify a hitch as a class of knot but the general distinction remains the same

A simple overhand knot, where the working end of a line is brought over and under the straight part.

A clove hitch is two successive half-hitches around an object.

          

Wed Feb 21, 2018 at 12:50pm

Cruising on the River Weaver.

Last summer my wife and I cruised on the River Weaver. We had a wonderful time and can't wait for the summer to arrive so we can do it all again. The experience of going on the Anderton Boat Lift and cruising with wide open space, which river cruising offers was superb. We recommend giving it a try.

The River Weaver is a river, navigable in its lower reaches, running in a curving route anti-clockwise across west Cheshire, northern England. Improvements to the river to make it navigable were authorised in 1720 and the work, which included eleven locks, was completed in 1732. An unusual clause in the enabling Act of Parliament stipulated that profits should be given to the County of Cheshire for the improvement of roads and bridges, but the navigation was not initially profitable, and it was 1775 before the first payments were made. Trade continued to rise, and by 1845, over £500,000 had been given to the county.

The major trade was salt. The arrival of the Trent and Mersey Canal at Anderton in 1773 was detrimental to the salt trade at first, but ultimately beneficial, as salt was tipped down chutes from the canal into barges on the river navigation. Access to the river was improved in 1810 by the Weston Canal, which provided a link to Weston Point, where boats could reach the River Mersey at most states of the tide, as the water was deeper. The navigation was completely reconstructed between 1870 and 1900, with the original locks being replaced by five much larger locks, capable of handling 1000-tonne coasters. With the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal, a new lock was constructed at Weston Marsh, which gave direct access to the ship canal without having to pass through the docks at Weston Point. All water from the river entered the canal nearby, and any surplus was released into the Mersey through the Weaver sluices, which were located just upstream of the junction.

A notable feature is the Anderton Boat Lift, which is near Northwich, and links the Weaver with the Trent and Mersey Canal some 50 feet (15 m) above. It was opened in 1875, to allow canal boats to reach the Weaver, and although closed on safety grounds in 1983, it was refurbished and reopened in 2002. Many of the structures of the navigation are of historical importance, and are grade II listed. They include the Hayhurst swing bridge and Northwich Town bridge, which are believed to be the earliest swing bridges powered by electricity. Both have a sectional pontoon, which is immersed in the river and carries about 80 per cent of the weight of the bridge. Dutton Horse Bridge, which carries the towpath over the weir stream at Dutton, is one of the earliest surviving laminated timber structures. Dutton railway viaduct, which was built by Joseph Locke and George Stephenson for the Grand Junction Railway, is grade II* listed, and a civic celebration was held on its completion, as there had been no deaths and no serious injuries to the workers during its construction.

We totally recommend this navigation. We spent 10 days cruising the full length of the River Weaver. All the locks are manned with keepers who are most helpful and courteous. The river has many great pubs with great local ales and superb locally sourced food.

Happy cruising from all at Venetian Marina.

Sun Jan 28, 2018 at 3:15pm

A short guide to anchors on Narrowboats

Never go on a river or commercial waterway without a sufficiently heavy anchor attached and ready for immediate use. A strong anchor chain or rope (or combination) should be attached. The length of the anchor and chain should be at least five times as long as the deepest part of the river.  Make sure the cable is secured firmly to a strong anchorage point. If the engine fails, you will need to anchor your boat to prevent it from possibly being swept away.

Which Anchor to use.

The most popular type of anchor for inland waterways is the Danforth.

This type of anchor is designed to lie naturally on the river bed so the flukes face downwards so the pulling force makes the anchor bed in and bury itself in the mud/sandy bottom.The pulling force needs to be at a shallow angle so it does not lift too much the securing arm too high thus lifting the anchor off the river bed.

For this reason a heavy chain with additional rope needs to be attached. The amount of rope you should put out is circa 5 times the depth of water. It is a good idea to have a very sharp knife available close to the point where the rope is secured to the boat, just in case of an emergency and you have to cut loose the anchor. You don't have to take it for granted that the anchor has to be thrown in from the bow, in an emergency it can be beneficial to deploy the anchor from the stern, as this will stop the vessel much quicker than a bow launch. As this stern launch will save time and distance as the boat will not turn 180 degrees.

Other types and patterns of anchors.

 

To raise the anchor

This requires the forward motion of the boat towards the anchor bringing the anchor rope in as the vessel travels forward. When the boat is vertical to the anchor the anchor can easily by pulled up.

Size of anchor and chain.

Narrowboat Length (ft)        Anchor Weight (kg)                Chain/warp (mm)

30                                                    7 -10                                         8 - 12 

45                                                    8 - 12                                        8 - 14

60                                                   12 - 16                                      10 -18

70                                                   14 - 18                                      10 -20

 

Common Anchoring Mistakes:

  • Letting the anchor go without securing the line to the boat.
  • Letting the anchor go with your foot wrapped in the anchor line.
  • Poor communication between the captain and person in the bow.

 

Hope this short guide and insight gives you an indication on anchoring your vessel.

Happy cruising from all at Venetian Marina.

Tue Jan 16, 2018 at 10:38am

Winterisation of Marine Toilets

Proper winterisation of marine toilets is extremely important and is essential to save mess, money and masses of work which may be caused by the damage inflicted on plumbing and toilet mechanisms by freezing, so, a few generalisations to start.

It’s a little difficult to separate toilets from the plumbing generally. The higher pipes and fittings are at most risk over winter, those installed lower benefit from the above freezing temperature in the water underneath the boat.

When considering holding tanks, it is almost unheard of for water to freeze in any way that will damage these unless the tank is filled to the point where water is in the tank vent. There is a school of thought that maintains it is better to leave the freshwater tank nearly filled to maintain its cleanliness. If you would rather drain the tank, ideally close the breather in some way, but be sure it is opened before re-commissioning the system.

WARNING: Do not use normal vehicle antifreeze in a domestic plumbing system, it is poisonous.

Winterising your Toilet:

First, you will need to establish if the toilet flushing water is provided from the boat’s freshwater system or from the outside flotation water.

Typical method for treating systems flushed with flotation water.

Winterising your toilet

In these cases winterization of the toilet is entirely separate from winterising the boat’s domestic water system.

Close the inlet seacock and disconnect the hose from it.

Make sure to re-connect this hose before re-opening the seacock.

Make up a mixture of anti-scale solution. This can be vinegar based or a proprietary product such as LeeScale. Draw this solution through the system by pumping the toilet. Leave in system for 24 hours. Block the pipe to contain the solution.

A fresh Water Flushing kit such as a LeeSan Flush-it kit makes this extremely simple.

Next, flush this solution out of system with a strong mixture of water and soft washing up liquid.

Now drain the system where possible following the guidelines for your type of toilet shown later in this article. Reconnect the hose to the seacock and leave with sea cocks closed.

Chemical type:

Chemical toilet

Not much to do with these, make sure they are completely empty, give them a good washing out, dry them thoroughly and perhaps put a small amount of a “fragrant” chemical in the tank to guard against smells. Depending on age and use, (the toilet not the owner!) some chemical toilets have replacement service parts and these should be replaced if they have been malfunctioning or leaking.

Macerator type - Sanimarin

Macerator type toilet

Turn off water supply.

Remove water supply pipe (in this case by pulling from porcelain as shown)

(For other macerator toilets check manufacturer’s instructions)

Hold this pipe over a container at floor level to drain water.

Operate the toilet to open the valve and allow all residual water to drain out.

Dump through type - Traveller

Dump through type toilet

(This toilet is sometimes called a Mansfield and is similar, for winterisation purposes, to the foot operated Vacuflush)

Note: Pedal cover removed for clarity!

Turn off water supply.

Put a shallow tray or cloth underneath the foot pedal.

Remove water pipe by unscrewing from the bottom of the foot pedal mechanism as shown.

Depress foot pedal to empty fresh water.

Hand pump type - Jabsco

Hand pump toilet

Operate the hand pump in “dry bowl” mode to empty bowl as much as possible.

Then close seacock to turn off water supply.

Put a cloth under the drain plug at the base of the toilet to catch residual water.

Remove the drain plug as shown by turning quarter of a turn anti-clockwise.

Operate the pump again to clear any remaining water

Electric Vacuflush type - Dometic

Electric vacuflush type toilet

Turn off water.

Disconnect inlet water hose from supply and hold over a shallow container at floor level to drain.

Operate toilet to fully empty water.

Note: after working on any of the above toilets make certain that all pipes are re-connected. Don’t forget to turn water supply back on before use.


General notes:

Rubber components and seals etc in marine toilets and pumps benefit from not being left dry. A simple way to ensure this is to occasionally flush with a soapy solution.

Over winter ensure that the water pump is switched off.

Check all hose connections for leaks.

Check and tighten all hose clips.

This is also a great time to consider fitting a service kit, new seals or to replace any worn pipes or hoses.

Please remember that just because a hose is “white” it isn’t necessarily Sanitation Grade. Poor quality or non Sanitation Grade hose will almost certainly result in smells permeating through the hose walls.

Happy cruising from all at Venetian Marina.

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