Fantastic feedback

Fantastic feedback

We are used to getting good feedback but the feedback we received from Peter Gates, a student on one of our Diesel Engine and Boat Maintenance courses, confirms that our aim of delivering the best Narrowboating Courses in the country is on track.

Peter only booked onto the course the day before, when a place became free as somebody had to postpone due to testing positive for Coronavirus and as a complete novice was a little concerned about how relevant the course might be to him.

This is what he said

 “ I have just finished the two day Diesel Engine and Boat Maintenance course run by the Narrowboat Skills Centre and I have to say it was one of the best courses I have been on. I say that as someone who has been in education and training for over 40 years. Most of the participants in the group knew very little about narrowboat engines (two of us had only looked at one).

I was sceptical that I would learn much in two days knowing nothing at all about engines. However, Steve the instructor was so knowledgeable he managed to make the whole thing accessible, informative and practical. I would recommend this course to anyone who was new or newish to diesel narrowboat engines but who wanted to do basic maintenance and servicing.

All four of us in the group had a different engine but Steve knew all about each one and related each section of the course to each of our practical needs. I can change my filters, change my oil in engine and gearbox, adjust and change alternator belt, adjust tappets (I had no idea even what they were!), grease and pack my stern gland, test my coolant. In addition I can do minor paint repairs, winterise my boat if I need to, treat my water tank, clean my bilges, change gear and throttle cables and have a better understanding of the electrical system. I am indeed a new man!

The venue and facilities are excellent. I am now signing up for the Electrical course!!”

Best Wishes


Peter Gates