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  1. Hi there We've been having some fuel issues with our boat and been recommended to change the filters. First time we've done it ourselves though I went on the nbsc boat maintenance course earlier in the year Can anyone help with bleeding the engine afterwards? Does it self bleeding? Where is the lift pump? How exactly do I bleed it? Thanks Jo
  2. A recommendation. I'm trying to get the marina services to tell me what they found but they are being v slow. Being leisure boaters it's hard for us to find the time to do jobs ourselves so we ha e to outsource a lot of them What does a filler cap seal look like? Sorry we're fairly new to ownership so not sure what we're looking for Trying to get the marina services to tell me but so far not forthcoming Engine struggled as we were turning on the trent. We limped back at tickover to sawley cut. Sat for 10-15m. As we tried to get back in the marina it was OK for a couple of mins then struggled for a few mins then ok again Webasto central heating also wouldn't fire properly and is fed from diesel tank Not really sure what next best steps are but as leisure boaters hard for us to find time to sort bigger jobs
  3. Looking for some advice on best action to take with potentially dirty fuel / water in fuel We're leisure boaters and we're out the other weekend and the engine almost cut out on us but essentially no more power than tixk over when on full throttle. Made it back to safety. Have had engine serviced, all OK but recommend getting a fuel polish Share all things equal with a fuel polish and will it help me? I've had quotes from around £250 by someone local (Diesel Dave) upwards. Not asked tankbusters yet but understand they are significantly more But once we have the fuel sorted how do we stop it reoccurring? We used plenty of additive and keep tank full in winter. Could the filler cap be leaking water in? Anything else we can check / do to minimise reoccurrence? Thanks
  4. The engine revs jump when moved into forward gear from tick over when pointing up to lots of revs at 45 degrees forward. Then you can move the throttle back towards centre and the revs drop slowly in line with the throttle movement Will look this weekend when we go back
  5. When we go unto forward throttle it does nothing for 45 degrees then runs into quite high revs and you have to pull back to slow to the revs you want Have been told not to touch myself as we know nothing about engines and gearboxes and it needs a professional There's only so far I'm prepared to take DIY as a novice owner
  6. Hi We're moored at Sawley Marina and need our narrowboat throttle cable adjusting. Does anyone have any recommendations on a professional who could do this for us please, ideally in-situ at the marina Thanks
  7. We've tried to light the stove on our boat for the first time. No idea when it was last lit. We don't appear to get any fuel through into the bottom of the stove. Having had a fellow boater have a quick look, he doesn't think the "prodder" goes in far enough and thats why the fuel isn't getting through. Its also so heavily sooted inside that none of the little holes can be seen and these very little visibility through the window I've struggled to find any comprehensive instructions on how to clean it. Can anyone advise? Can I put a wire brush inside and give it a scrub? Any tips on cleaning it without covering the whole boat in soot as I've just spent 2 weeks scrubbing the interior and don't fancy doing it again any time soon Thanks
  8. Thanks for this tip I played about and worked out I needed to turn it off and on between programmes rather than just moving the dial Got it to fully drain now Full of gunk inside but that's another problem. Reckon it's been sat unused for q good few years
  9. Joining this topic for some advice as well. Had boat 8 weeks with candy aquamatic on board. Run test wash with no clothes. Machine appears to work fine but water only part drains at the end. Have tried to get it to manually drain and spin but still left with 3 inches of water in the bottomed time. The washer was originally on a bench top in a utility space with discharge hose going down to Hull outlet but we've replumbed it to sit under the bench so discharge hose now runs upwards to Hull outlet just under the Gunwales. Could that be the issue or something else?
  10. Looking for some advice as its getting colder. Have been loving on my boat for the last couple of weeks with hoppers on all windows open. As it's getting colder can I get away with closing some or do I simply need to put on the heating / diesel stove to counteract the chill / draft? Also I use WGAC 3ply bamboo toilet paper at home which is said to break down much easier and quicker than paper toilet roll. Would this be OK for a vacuum toilet on my boat? The manufacturers say its OK for septic tanks
  11. Anyone need a smsll tumble dryer. Came with bost but don't need - we need the storage space more Free of charge to anyone who can collect from sawley marina
  12. Yay we're getting somewhere. I think I stated early on there was a sound that felt a bit vaccummy (technical word). Hubby said we need to take bed base apart to investigate further (and that needs the sofa bed to arrive first) but he thinks the tank is under the bed. Any recommendations how we clean the output pipe based on Tony's comment? Or do we dismantle and replace?
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