Cruising in a narrowboat during winter

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 11:51 am

If you have never considered cruising in a Narrowboat during the summer period then you are probably missing some of the important moments in your life. Narrowboat life in the summer is majorly made up of lazy days where you cruise gently under the tranquil waterway. Despite the enjoyable life you will experience, you might find the British summer too painful at times. At times it could be too short and unpredictable than expected. As a result, you have to be always prepared for any outcome by using Narrowboat Chandlery supplies on your boat.

Water in the sea can at times be destructive to your boat items. Whenever it freezes, it damages the pipes, pumps and tanks. Whenever water undergoes melting, it occasionally floods and you are likely to face costly repairs on your boat. As a result, it is always advisable that you winterise your boats whenever you are cruising in the winter season. However, if you are always on board at all times you do not have to winterise your boat. If you are planning to leave your boat for extended periods it is always advisable that you attach on board heating to it in order to supply some little warmth that will protect the boat parts from the harmful cold generated during winter.

Winterising your boat involves a quick and easy process since it involves use of common sense. The major purpose of the process is to prevent the water underneath your boat from freezing and rupturing some of the boat parts. In simple terms, you will be required to empty some water from the main tank, turn off the main stop cock and open the shower and tap attachments in order to allow water to run out of the pipes. If you have an on demand water heater from narrowboat chandlery, you will be required to drain it too. Additionally, the water in the engine should also be drained.

Boats can at times be dangerous at your highest point of enjoyment. This is the reason why there are ropes to help you trip up, narrow steps up and down and gunwales to slip into the water. You have to be careful since these surfaces are always slippery at times. With a single touch of ice on them, you will be liable for disaster.

Most owners of narrowboats prefer cruising through the winter. However, during off-season there are always few boats and you can enjoy the stunning scenery. However, there are two major problems you can experience during winter. One is always stoppages and the other is ice. Stoppages result in closure of some sections of the canal while ice can always be dangerous whenever they land on some of the parts of the boat. Before cruising into the sea during winter, it is essential that you be prepared for all the problems that might occur. Understand where the stoppages are and always pay attention to regular weather forecasts. Stock up all your winter supplies and parts from narrowboat chandlery to avoid landing into uncomfortable situations in the sea. Additionally, you should ensure your diesel tanks are fully topped up.

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