Boat break­downs on the rise, says RCR

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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.

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