Boat breakdowns on the rise, says RCR
BOATS ON THE inland waterways are breaking down more often, if the number of callouts received by River Canal Rescue is anything to go by.
The canal and river breakdown specialists usually record a steep spike in breakdown calls at this time as many boaters head out for the first cruise of the spring, but recently the peak has been getting steeper each year.
Last year’s maximum of 144 per week was just a shade higher than the 140 in 2015, but this year it looks set to go significantly higher, with 100 more breakdowns than last year in April alone. The most common problems include batteries, cables, alternators and other electrical issues; fuel systems; engine cooling; engine controls and cables; gearbox and drive problems; and fouled propellers.
See page 72 for our in-depth feature on the main issues and how to prevent them affecting your boat.