‘This is typical of fallen leaves around the prop, but looking down the weed hatch shows nothing’
Technical Consultant LESS EXPERIENCED readers might have been concerned about a periodic loss of power with the engine labouring and possibly smoking. At this time of year, this is typical of fallen leaves forming a disc around the prop, but looking down the weed hatch shows nothing because the leaves will have floated away by the time you have taken it up. So if you do suffer a labouring engine around now, try a quick burst of astern which should clear the leaves until next time.
Many of you ask questions via the Canal Boat website which we’re happy to receive and answer, but pictures of your problems are reduced to thumbnail size. If we need photos we’ll ask you to email them directly to me (or to the magazine for forwarding) at full size. This means we can really see what the issue is and suggest any remedies. At the same time, pop a note on your forum posting to say whether or not you can send any pictures.