Thursday, 18 July 2013

Prepare your boat for 40 days of sun

Predictions that the hot weather will last for 40 days has prompted River Canal Rescue to remind boaters about the importance of maintaining equipment and carrying spares - actions which could prevent call-outs for replacement parts.
Last year River Canal Rescue attended 573 call-outs for part failures and already this year the assistance firm has seen a spike in cases of broken water pumps.  Parts which commonly fail are;
·         Cables
·         Alternators
·         Fuel pumps
·         Starter motors
·         Drive plats
·         Gear boxes
·         Batteries
·         Water pumps
·         Couplings
·         Engine mounts
Failures are typically due to; lack of servicing, condensation getting into the components, excessive or harsh use, vibration, accidental damage, wear and tear, old-age, misalignment of parts, hitting underwater objects  and the effect of pollutants such as diesel, oil or anti-freeze.
Managing Director, Stephanie Horton, comments: “Folklore suggests the weather you have on St Swithun’s day (15 July) will continue for 40 days.  If this is the case, the prolonged heat may take its toll on major components.  To ensure their smooth running, service and check all parts and carry spare cables, a fan belt, impeller, spark plugs, fuel filter, bulbs, bolts, fuses, oil and ‘stop leak’ or putty for an unexpected hull breach.
“It’s also useful to have screwdrivers, spanners, pliers, a socket set, battery tester, electric wire and insulation/PTFE tape.”
Replacement parts cost, on average, between £20 (cables) and £1200 (gearbox), plus there are labour charges.  River Canal Rescue includes replacement parts within its membership package, covering up to £1000 of parts per repair, labour and VAT*. 
To find out more, visit or phone 01785 785680.
Notes to Editors
*Four claims a year can be made and an excess of £50 applies.
River Canal Rescue is a partner of the Canal & River Trust, having donated £5000 this year to support its work.

Media Enquiries
Stephanie Horton, Managing Director, River Canal Rescue, T: 01785 785680 or E:

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