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Fri Mar 15, 2019 at 2:16pm
Friday Fact (top tips)In addition to our regular monthly blog, we shall be posting  a new short blog entitled 'Friday Fact'.These posts will be 'short and sweet' factoids or, top tips from our working week which we have found interesting, useful and would like to share these with you.Hope you find them useful and interesting. This weeks 'top tip' is:Vinegar to remove stains in the toilet bowl.I read about this top tip a few months ago, and had a recent discussion with a fellow moorer r....
Fri Mar 1, 2019 at 12:42pm
Getting your boat ready for a great 2019 cruising seasonWow its the 1st of March and now (hopefully), the worst of the cold weather is be behind us, we  begin to look forward  to warmer days. Thechanges in temperature signal the start of the boating season yip-ee!!!. So, we start thinking about the need to de-winterise our boat.This means  basically reversing all the good work we carried out to 'winterise' your boat. Checking and closing any taps left openthrough winter, connectin....
Fri Mar 1, 2019 at 11:29am
Friday FactIn addition to our regular monthly blog, we shall be posting  a new short blog entitled 'Friday Fact'.These posts will be 'short and sweet' factoids or, top tips tips from our working week which we have found interesting, useful and would like to share these with you.Hope you find them useful and interesting. This weeks 'top tip' is:Greasing the stern gland.It is good practice to wind down the greaser (which lubricates the stern gland) in the evenings when you have been out ....
Thu Jan 31, 2019 at 1:10pm
Its Winter 2019Wow minus 7 last night on the marina...Now Winter is well and truly here, knowing how to deal with adverseweather conditions will make for a pleasant and trouble free winter.Steering a narrowboat on a dry and wind free day in the summer is aneasy task once you get used to the boat’s length and how to operate the tiller,but steering the same boat in wind, rain, snow and ice is a different ball gamealtogether.It is best to be prepared for the change in weather as you can expec....
Thu Jan 17, 2019 at 12:10pm
Narrowboat bow thrustersA fully laden narrow boat is not the easiest of craft to manoeuvre, especially if it is windy or,your vessel is a widebeam. A bow thruster is a device built into the hull at the bow and is used for making it more manoeuvrable. It is a parking device for mooring the boat and, is not designed to be used constantly for steering the vessel. A Bow Thruster is an additional aid to manoeuvring a boat.  It provides a boost to make the bow/front go port/le....
Tue Oct 9, 2018 at 10:54am
Getting ready to winterise your Narrowboat.When I left my boat yesterday morning, I noticed a light frost on the hull and my car windscreen was also frosted over. Seeing that Jack Frost was back in town,  my thoughts went back to last year and, what a long hard winter that was.   If you intend to live aboard then it’s pretty much business as usual, but take a look at your radiators, engine cooling (keel), central heating systems and fresh water system you may ....
Sun Aug 19, 2018 at 9:04am
 It is all about POWER  (well, battery power)Aside from enabling you to maintain your batteries in a way which will prolong its life and keep your costs down, being able to recognise the signs of potential damage in a battery is essential for safety.The leisure batteryA leisure battery is the power source for the 12V appliances and equipment in a narrow boat. These batteries are designed to provide a steady level of power over a prolonged period of time and are used by the li....
Wed Jun 20, 2018 at 11:00am
 Different types of Stern GearThe 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....
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 Ce....
Tue Jan 16, 2018 at 10:38am
Winterisation of Marine ToiletsProper 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 underne....
Thu Jun 1, 2017 at 8:57am
Bacterial Contamination Diesel Bug as it is more commonly known is becoming a much more common problem particularly in BULK storage tanks, marine craft and agricultural equipment. It’s impossible to prevent microbes entering fuel tanks and systems. However, the presence of water is a key factor in determining the rate and extent of microbial growth. Condensation or free water suspended in the fuel clings to the tank walls or slowly sinks to the bottom of the tank, and microbes will gr....
Sun Sep 18, 2016 at 9:31am
Why Do We Black The Hull?The Basics The hull is blacked to protect the bottom section of the boat, so specifically the area of the boat that is in the water and just above the water line. The “blacking” process protects the hull from rust, pitting, rubbing (through locks, other boats, banks etc) and generally extends the life of the hull. Part and parcel of owning a narrow boat means that you need to carry out certain maintenance jobs and blacking is among one of those jobs.  So....
Tue May 5, 2015 at 11:31am
Let's Get Our Boats Ready For The New Season! Spring is finally here and the boating season isabout to begin! If you are thinking about taking your vessel for out for thefirst time this year after the winter, then it’s time to de-winterise yourvessel (if you winterised it back at the beginning of Winter, which you really should have if you were leaving it empty!). Before you get going, you need to get your boat ready first.Those of you that did winterise your narrow boat, will hopefully fa....
Thu Nov 27, 2014 at 11:00am
Clearing the Propeller on an Inboard EngineFrom time to time every narrowboater is likely to get something stuck in their prop.  Canals and rivers are full of debris, and getting this stuck around your propeller can cause the canal boat to come to a stop.How do I know if I've got something stuck around the prop?You will know when you have got a small bag or bundle of weed around the prop because the narrow boat will gradually slow and the engine will make a strained noise.  On top of t....
Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 2:58pm
This blog article has been written to help you understand the 3 different types of surveys carried out on a narrow boat and why they are necessary. Who carries out a narrow boat survey?A qualified marine surveyor is the only person who is qualified to carry out this service. Most surveyors charge additional travel costs on top of the fee of the survey so it’s advisable to check this out before you employee a surveyor. Bearing this in mind look for a surveyor who is in the local area of whe....
Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 10:48am
Let's Get StartedWith the road gritters already maintaining the British roads ways it’s a sign that winter is on its way and it is time to prepare your narrow boat for the winter. The last few years we have experienced some long and freezing cold conditions, so preparing your narrow boat is vital to protect it from the cold snap that’s on its way.In this article we are going to give you some useful tips on how to protect your boat if you intend to leave it empty for any amount of tim....
Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 2:27pm
A Stern Gear is the general term for the propeller, the propeller shaft and any supporting brackets or bearings.So How Can I Check my Stern Gear?You can only check your stern gear arrangement when your canal boat is out of the water, because the propeller is at the stern of the boat, hence the term stern gear.So when you take your Narrowboat out of the water for a blacking or a survey it is then when you can take a good look at the stern gear.  First of all you will need to s....