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vermin on boats

How to eradicate rodent vermin on boats, species unknown.

Asked by: ewart lucas  | Sunday 6 December, 2.57pm | 1 answer


Chimneys

A lot of articles have been written about residue coming from chimneys during burning. A simple answer is to carefully cut a square of kitchen foil, cut out a hole the same size as your chimney, then place at the base of the chimney. Then simply wrap kitchen foil around the base of the chimney. This will form a seal, any residue leaking from the foil will simply land on the sheet underneath. Cost 99p for a 3 metre length

Asked by: Peter Ponting  | Thursday 26 November, 11.01am | 1 answer


Narrowboat battery charging

I have 1 starter battery and 3 110 amp leisures. I want to charge my lesure batteries when hooked up to 240v what are my options please?

Asked by: J Morton  | Wednesday 25 November, 5.38pm | 1 answer


Contact Details

I have some spare time and would like any contact details for the Pugwash Charity in Wakefield

Asked by: Carl Morley  | Saturday 21 November, 9.05pm | no answers yet - add one


Battery boxs

I intend to alter the battery arrangement on my 42 ft narrow boat.
Currently it has two batteries in one box .
My new layout will consist of three leisure batteries and one starter battery.
Can anyone tell me if it is possible to buy a purpose made boxes for (4 batts)such a layout (website please ) or will i have to make my own battery box

Asked by: edward Connolly  | Saturday 21 November, 11.26am | 4 answers


W. Roy Thorneycroft

I have a sterling pure sine wave inverter 300 watts is there a rcd twin socket that will work on it without triping out.

Asked by: William Roy Thorneycroft  | Friday 20 November, 3.48pm | no answers yet - add one


batery charging

After posing my question about battery banks and charging i have looked at a system on this website
http://www.smartgauge.co.uk/facts.html
It appaearsto be excellant offering a good technical input in to the do and donts of split bank charging.
have you any comments or has anyone fitted or had fitted this system would like to know your opinion please

Asked by: edward Connolly  | Friday 20 November, 10.54am | 3 answers


previous question on generators

yes i should have given more information sorry about that.
I have two batteries on my 42ft boat that act as starter and leisure batteries.Will one do to start the boat ?
i could then add one giving me a two battery bank for leisure.i would like to install a charger and feed it via a generator to charge all three batteries.A component list and electrical layour drawing would be handy

Asked by: edward Connolly  | Wednesday 18 November, 3.01pm | 1 answer


Narrowboat battery charging

I am considering getting a generator to assist the charging of my batteries on my 42ft narrowboat.
I was told by the generator company that normally the batteries can be charged by the 240v hookup if you connect it to a generator when the engine is not runnning.
This does not happen on my boat what would i have to do to the wiring to acheive this setup.

Asked by: edward Connolly  | Monday 16 November, 3.13pm | 1 answer


Finding cheap steel!

Lateral thinking on finding cheap steel for re bottoming!I was think about a restoration job on a very old boat(1900).I may or may not go ahead with this project but at the moment just gathering ideas.What sort of plate steel do i need?Could i source it else where,eg old farmers trailers,dis used skips or even a burnt out narrow boat.Scrapping the top and just keeping the base plate.What do you all think?

Asked by: 123henrye  | Monday 16 November, 11.15am | 2 answers


Generators

on a short sail need to charge battr's it has 1 victron invtr 12.1600.70 plse advise size of generator to charge batteries or the size of a solar panel to suit

Asked by: K.Clark  | Saturday 14 November, 6.09pm | no answers yet - add one


safe mooring on the Dudley Canal

Has anyone found a good place to moor in the Dudley area? Is Bumble Hole safe? Our boat recently came under attack at Merryhill and people who moored at the Harbour devt were kept awake till 3am by loud music from the clubs.

Asked by: marian bennett  | Friday 13 November, 10.27pm | 1 answer


Black Water Tanks

I am currently designing a narrow boat that has a cross-passage around midships, hoping to utalize the space under the steps leading to the side doors as holding tanks, can thease be part of the superstructure or am i asking for future problems?

Asked by: a pumfrett  | Wednesday 11 November, 8.01pm | 1 answer


Battery charging - additional question

Reference to my post of 8 Nov, one further question if I may - If I have a 240v shore connection available and a portable battery charger, is it OK to use that to charge the domestic battery bank as a whole without disconnecting the battery connections? Regards, Richard

Asked by: Richard Drage  | Wednesday 11 November, 9.23am | 1 answer


Inverter repairs

I am looking for someone who can look at and repair my inverter, the oberload protection light comes on even with no load.
the suppliers habe not been helpful

Asked by: SP Gammond  | Tuesday 10 November, 7.46pm | 3 answers


Battery charging advice.

I have recently bought a Narrowboat for leisure use and am concerned about how best to keep the batteries charged during the winter period when I will only be using the boat about one weekend a month. It has 3 domestic batteries and one starter, plus a small solar panel. Is it sensible to leave the solar panel permanently connected to trickle charge, or will I need to take the batteries out periodically and use a mains battery charger?

Asked by: Richard Drage  | Sunday 8 November, 12.58pm | 3 answers


Beta 28 engine

I have a Beta 28 engine in my narrow boat, it has appx 130 hrs on its clock. Why does it not want to rev for the first minute after cold starting sometimes, but at other times it does. After running for around one hour the engine starts hunting, the revs fall slightly and then pick up again. Also while checking the diesel fuel system I found discoloured fuel in the system between the fuel filter and the injector pump, any idea why?

Asked by: Tom Brady  | Wednesday 4 November, 7.24pm | no answers yet - add one


Build a cratch

We would like to build a cratch for our 57ft narrowboat but are unable to find any books / plans /current articles - can you help please

Asked by: Gillian Hicks  | Tuesday 3 November, 4.04pm | 3 answers


Cruising the Thames

Starting to plan next spring's cruise, which will include the Thames from Brentford to Oxford. I seem to remember reading about a reciprocal agreement with BW license holders, or am I imagining it? Around £35 per day for a 58ft NB seems a bit excessive!

Asked by: Peter Skinner  | Sunday 1 November, 1.06pm | 2 answers


Doctors

How do I get my repeat prescriptions.can I go to any GP?

Asked by: Martin Hayter  | Saturday 31 October, 7.43pm | 2 answers

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