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Engine temperture

My Shire 50 diesel engine dose not seem to reach what I think is it's normal operating temperature of 82degrees. Checking with thermocouple probe the max temp I can detect is 60 degrees after running the engine for 90 minutes. I have removed the thermostats (2) and checked by heating in a sauce pan and both proved okay. Can you help!

Asked by: Nick  | Wednesday 4 March, 7.22pm | 2 answers


Three Brown wires

I recently removed a 12v fluorescent light from the wall in my boat and didn't note the connections. When I came to look at the wires, there were three brown ones. How can I deduce which is positive and negative so I can put in a new light. Yours with hope, RF

Asked by: Robert Fresson  | Tuesday 3 March, 12.26pm | 3 answers


12V Wiring

Having now bought a 12v fridge to replace the old gas one, we have discovered there is no 12v wiring to the kitchen side of the boat. Now Hubby is an electrical engineer so installation won't be a problem
per-se but we need to know the following. Traditionally DC cables were red/black but is this still the case and if so where can we source it as drawing blanks? If it has changed, can you tell us the new colour codes? Also, is there a good book on marine electrics out there? He is keen to book a course but nothing available that he can attend until June but we really need the fridge installed before then. Thanks.

Asked by: Debbie Frankland  | Monday 2 March, 8.04pm | 1 answer


Battery blues

On my narrowboat I have been charging my batteries through a RAC car battery charger. I'm sure this is foolish but I am not a boat expert and it seemed to keep everything working for the past four years. No so anymore. If I disconnect the charger the lights go dim, the water-pump stops pumping and now, even when plugged in, the engine won't start and just clicks at me. I'm guessing my cheap charging solution has wrecked my batteries so its probably time to start from scratch...but how should I approach this electro-overhaul? Yours hopefully, RF
PS. I am (clearly) a boating electrics novice.

Asked by: Robert Fresson  | Monday 2 March, 7.43pm | 5 answers


SOLAR AND WIND CHARGING

Hi, To charge my traction batterys I use a sterling 60 amp charger @14.8 or 15.1volts. when the batterys are being charged from solar or wind, they are getting around 13 volts. Does this mean due to the lower voltage the batterys wont ever rewch fully charged (float mode) by solar or wind alone.

Asked by: anthony spanswick  | Monday 2 March, 1.59pm | 6 answers


Conversion to LED lights

Has anybody had any experience of converting Lumo fluorescent light fittings to fit LED tubes into the housing. Is there a conversion kit out there?

Asked by: bill goad  | Sunday 1 March, 4.10pm | 5 answers


115 Ah Batteries

I have been offered some 115Ah batteries to replace my 110Ah domestic batteries. Is this an issue? They are the same physical size and have a recommended charging rate of 6 amps.

Asked by: Clive Dutson  | Saturday 28 February, 7.22pm | 1 answer


What and where are the chine flanges?

On a survey on a boat we are considering buying the survey says ' the chine flanges have eroded leaving some 8mm along the sides, this is sufficient for weekend use but new flanges would have to welded on if extended cruising is anticipated'. Having searched the Internet can't find anything on chine flanges... Please can someone help us as we really like the narrowboat but also worried that we could be buying something that is bad

Asked by: aaron tweed  | Thursday 26 February, 11.16pm | 2 answers


Exterior design, traditional or different!

I am working on the exterior design (paintwork) of a boat and I was wondering should I keep it traditional and blend in or to make it stand out. My concerns with making it stand out is security, would I be more of a risk of a break in?
Thanks

Asked by: Adam Savory  | Tuesday 24 February, 8.40pm | 4 answers


Thinking of getting a boat made

Any recommend narrow boat builders in England?

Asked by: lydia  | Tuesday 24 February, 7.44pm | 1 answer


Compliant

Can u advise on weather the solgas flameless ceramic gas hob is uk compliant on narrow boats manny thanks
Andy

Asked by: sindy  | Monday 23 February, 8.19pm | 2 answers


Compliant

Can u advise on weather the solgas flameless ceramic gas hob is uk compliant on narrow boats manny thanks
Andy

Asked by: sindy  | Monday 23 February, 8.18pm | no answers yet - add one


new fire

where do I get the regulations for fitting a new fire and flue pipe also is there a collar made for a 6 inch flue

Asked by: mick turner  | Saturday 14 February, 6.02pm | 1 answer


Replacing a Fridge - Gas Installation

We are going to replace the fridge in our new boat with exactly the same model that has been re-conditioned and comes with a 6 month warranty. However, it states that we need to have this installed by a qualified person. Now we know about CORGI on shore but what or who do we need for the boat? As she is only 30ft we intend to primarily run the fridge off the gas.

Asked by: Debbie Frankland  | Tuesday 10 February, 3.39pm | 6 answers


Water Tank Size - 30ft Liverpool Boat

We have just purchased a 1994 30ft semi-trad by Liverpool Boats. Unfortunately the owner hasn't used her much and had very little knowledge of some of the basics. Has anyone got any idea of how big her water tank is likely to be and also whether she might have any in-line filters and maybe where to look for them? Any help appreciated!

Asked by: Debbie Frankland  | Tuesday 10 February, 3.34pm | 3 answers


Webasto

Webasto went through starting sequence but failed to ignite and carry on running ? Lots of white smoke ? Now nothing !
? Sequence with reset procedure of fuses not solved it, nothing now , rest fuses ?

Asked by: vinny  | Saturday 7 February, 11.03pm | 1 answer


charging batterys

Hi, I would like know if using my engine would beter, than using a generator. I have x 6 2v 480amp @c5 traction batterys with a 60amp sterling ultra pro charger. I run the generator for 11 hours which does not charge to float, but the amps reduce to 3.8 and I feel thats long enough for a generator to be on for.
Would it be beter to use the engine which has a 240amp alternator, with a alternator to battery charger regular(I havnt put that on yet). Also maybe put on a large inverter so the sterling charger can run at the same time. This way I would get hot water free, but clock up more hours on the engine. I wondered if it would be quicker to charge them this way.
many thanks anthony

Asked by: anthony spanswick  | Friday 6 February, 6.16pm | 2 answers


banner batteries

I read about your suggestion for banner batteries and with interest looked at there web site and found they provide up to 250 amp hr batteries is there a benefit by going bigger as we always use 110 amp hr

Asked by: mick turner  | Wednesday 4 February, 10.50am | 3 answers


my narrowboat details

I bought a narrow boat a few years ago and I was told that there was no details of where it was built or the age I have its registration and name where can I find this info out?
regards Diane

Asked by: Diane Mc Gowan  | Monday 2 February, 3.30pm | 1 answer


How long will a battery run an inverter

I am think of buying a inverter for occasional use of 240v power tools from my leisure battery any idea how long the battery would last.

Asked by: Terry Senior  | Monday 2 February, 3.11pm | 2 answers

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