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Ni-Fe batteries

Your recent article seemed to promote the use of Ni-Fe batteries, but when I contacted the website suggested they said that their batteries were not suitable for use on boats and they did not ship outside of the USA anyway. Is there anywhere in the UK which sell them, and if so, are they suitable for boats?
Regards,
Fiona

Asked by: Fiona  | Sunday 11 February, 10.23am | 3 answers


Long Term Hire

My wife and I are fairly experienced boaters who currently own a share in a boat. Being now both retired we would like to have one long term cruise to explore at our own pace - between 3 and 6 months probably, but we don't really want the hassle of owning a boat we might want to sell after a year or two. I have found several websites such as Escape the Rat Race and Laughing Dog Boats which offer long term rental, but having survived the Ownerships collapse and being aware of the current rather dodgy market for liveaboard rentals, we are anxious to make sure any arrangement is reliable. We don't remember any coverage of this in WW and wondered whether you or your readers could provide any advice?

Asked by: Peter Dawson  | Friday 9 February, 2.32pm | 4 answers


Connecting battery negative to hull

A few months back I had someone look over the boat and I was told the battery 0V must be connected to the hull bonding point to pass the BSS. Is this correct?

Asked by: Adam Savory  | Saturday 3 February, 12.48pm | 1 answer


Stainless steel water tanks.

This is not a question but our experience. We found water in our cabin bilge and went through the process of checking pipework for leaks (none), checking condensation collection, (none) and nearly gave up thinking the hull must be leaking. At only 7 years old and having had an out of the water full survey before purchase we took it that a stainless steel water tank would not be the problem. We finally disassembled furniture, bed and front bulkhead to gain access and found that indeed the corner weld were leaking and also causing rust to appear in the domestic water supply, which we had put down to sand etc in the canal side water feeds. It transpired that the tank had been welded with MIG welding and stainless requires TIG welding. It cost us nearly £700 for a new tank and much hard work to fit and re-build the boat and much lost cruising time. This would not have formed part of the pre purchase survey. The moral is, check your bilges regularly and the colour of your water from the taps etc. Our new tank now includes an access hatch to allow us to inspect the condition with the tank drained down. Hope this is of interest.

Asked by: John Boggis  | Thursday 1 February, 5.07pm | 1 answer


Solar panel wiring

Our boat has the output from the charge controller feeding direct to the Domestic Busbars which are fed via an isolator and fuse from the batteries. Should the Solar panel wiring go direct to the batteries with a fuse for protection. We don't usually isolate the domestic isolator.

Asked by: John Boggis  | Thursday 1 February, 4.57pm | 3 answers


Boat Width

Hello.
Does the width of a boat matter when you exceed 6ft 10". More specifically is a say 9ft boat able to access more canals than a 10-13 ft boat.

Asked by: Geoffray Hynam  | Friday 12 January, 12.56pm | 3 answers


Stove or aga

Hi after living on a Narrowboat for 5 years we've decided we have outgrown our boat and looking to buy a widebeam( not everyone's taste) but living on a boat with a 8 yr old boy we've outgrown a Narrowboat and don't do much cruising so widebeam is far more practical for the next few years. Would you go for a stove or a solid fuel cooker? Tia for your opinions

Asked by: Don Heppell  | Monday 8 January, 3.51pm | 2 answers


Calrifire

Hi
Is possible to heat the water in a calorifire with a external water cooled system as a oppossed to a skin tank .

Asked by: Mick turner  | Monday 8 January, 2.11pm | 1 answer


Launderettes

Do you have a list of accessible launderettes as we are planning on a long holiday on the canals. Thanks

Asked by: H BLoomfield  | Tuesday 2 January, 8.41am | 1 answer


100 w solar panel wiring

I have brought 2 secondhand solar panels.
1 panel has a red and black cable exiting from each side of the junction box.4 wires.When I look on the Internet panels have 1 red cable and 1 black cable exiting from each side of the junction box.2 wires.
Internally in my junction box the black is wired to black and red to red. I am looking to how to wire them up correctly for my narrowboat. Appreciate some help many thks Kevin.

Asked by: Kevan  | Sunday 31 December, 4.25pm | 1 answer


How can I run my shower without electric or the engine please

I have purchased a houseboat which has no engine and no coal burner, can anyone help me to find a way to run a shower as the electrics on the bank are only 16 amp and I believe I would need 32 amps. I am also on a tight budget. Thank you in advance

Asked by: Net Watmough  | Saturday 16 December, 1.23pm | 1 answer


Diesel additive

We get our new boat delivered in few days and I'll need to fill up with diesel for the first time. Should I use a fuel additive from the start, and on a regular basis, to inhibit the diesel bug and help precipitate any moisture? I'm having a Fuel Guard filter system fitted for added protection.
Thank you

Asked by: Raymond Fowler  | Friday 15 December, 8.11am | 2 answers


Exhaust lagging

I would like to ask if it would be a good idea for me to lag the hospital silencer in my engine bay? If so are there alternatives to the lagging that is mostly sold for exhausts as it appears to be quite narrow and would take a lot and is expensive. I was wondering about domestic regular hot water lagging?
Thanks

Asked by: Raymond Fowler  | Monday 11 December, 6.41pm | 1 answer


Repainting a water tank

Is there any rust preventive treatment that can be used on existing rust patches in a potable water tank before repainting ? Rylard Paints seem to be the only supplier of bitumen water tank paint.

Asked by: Rodney Hardwick  | Sunday 10 December, 3.02pm | 1 answer


hi fi

I have a steel boat with an ordinary hi fi however when using the radio I get interference what can I do to stop this

Asked by: jo stone  | Monday 27 November, 12.41pm | 3 answers


three leisure batteries connected to a 175 amp alternator

What size Mega Fuse between 175 amp alternator and three leisure batteries
Would you have a fuse between solar panels control and batteries

Asked by: Steve Batt  | Friday 24 November, 1.20pm | 1 answer


which primary fuel filter

I do not as yet have a primary fuel filter, which one would you recommend?. Also how are they retained within the engine bay?.

Asked by: Ady Kay  | Thursday 23 November, 6.03pm | 3 answers


Gettin Goin

I'm a 25 year old fella. I was born on boats and lives on the canals for most of my life. It's something that I have decided I cannot do without. However, with section 8's being a thing of the past. No mortgages for narrowboats unless you want ridiculous interest rate and frankly not having £15,000 laying about. What can I do? I'm not after much, just a 32ft plus springer with a running inboard diesel, hull in decent nic and a bsc!
Any advice?

Asked by: Harry McArthur  | Sunday 19 November, 6.43pm | 2 answers


Fridge Freezer

Wide beam so space is good
I have 920 watts of solar panels and three leisure batteries connected to a 3000watt pure sine wave inverter
12volt or a 240v A+++ rated fridge freezer

Asked by: Steve Batt  | Sunday 19 November, 9.45am | 2 answers


Narrow boat electrics

I have an XR&D narrow boat shell on order that I plan to fit out. Do you have a standard electric wiring diagram that I can use as a starting point to work from?
Thanks

Asked by: Chris Death  | Sunday 12 November, 5.49pm | 1 answer

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