Boat Plumbing Heating and Engine Installation

The Plumbing, Heating and Engine Installation Course is our new and expanded plumbing course following feedback from previous students.

Aimed at those people who are keen to do some refitting work or a complete fit out of a sail-away the course offers a practical introduction to the design, materials, tools and techniques of projects that are within the reach of people who have little hands on experience of this type of work.

The course offers a practical introduction to all the skills necessary to design and install all of the plumbing, heating and engine installation on a narrowboat. Whenever possible we spend a high proportion of the course “on the tools” giving students a chance to improve their skills.

Because we know that a course like this is only the beginning of a self build we also encourage students to contact their instructor afterwards when they are actually in the build if the have any questions or need advice.

This course is another one of our Boat Building suite of courses which include:  Boat Fitting (First Stage)Boat Fitting (second Stage) , Boat Electric Systems (Design and Installation) and  Boat Plumbing, Heating and Engine Installation Course.

This course can be booked individually, however if you book two or more courses at the same time they attract a significant discount.

The Plumbing, Heating and Engine Installation Course includes:

  1. RCD and BSS requirements

  2. System Design i.e.

    1. Domestic hot and cold water
    2. Grey water disposal
    3. Black water storage
    4. Engine cooling and fuel systems
  3. Plumbing components and materials

  4. Pump Selection and installation i.e.

    • Water
    • Circulation
    • Sump
    • Bilge
  5. Central Heating systems selection and system design

  6. Tank Selection i.e.

    1. types
    2. design
    3. installation
    4. tank level indicators
  7. Loo’s and loo installation i.e.

    1. Macerator
    2. Cassette
    3. Composting
    4. Incinerating
  8. Solid fuel ranges i.e.

    1. selection
    2. installation
    3. ventilation
  9. Practical pipework i.e.

    1. copper pipework including bending
    2. plastic pipework
    3. Fittings, endfeed solder, compression, pushfit
    4. Gas pipework
    5. Exhaust pipework

Included in the course cost are:

Students are provided with a PDF copy of all teaching materials used

We provide hot and cold drinks throughout the day and also a light lunch. Please inform us in advance if you have any special dietary requirements.

Course Details

Duration: 2 days

Location: Classroom

Cost: £230

Maximum # students 6

Minimum # students 3

Picture of central heating system

Student Reviews

Really enjoyed it will be back!


Enjoyable course would do another one.


Good balance of theory and practical. Practical's were really helpful


Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Well Done


Thoroughly enjoyed it, really got me going on the right track


Great instruction. I look forward to seeing you for another course in the future.


All round good course


Instructors have a wealth of knowledge and experience which is pitched at just the right tempo. A generous amount of time allowed for discussion is excellent and well controlled. A brilliant little course


Hands on practical application of theoretical information into a real situation - a good balance of doing, learning and theory - Lunch was cracking! Great Course, great pace, knowledge of Steve x 2 was brilliant, Thank You both.


Excellent, knowledgeable instructors, open to questions and happy to be flexible in content. A good balance of theory and practical