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Why not charge fridge battery on engine start alternator?

I understand you do not agree with charging fridge batteries from the engine start battery alternator via a split charge relay. Could you please explain your objection?

Asked by: david townsend  | Monday 28 December, 8.17pm | 4 answers

1.5 BMC engine PRM gearbox

When going from tickover to ahead what can only be described as a 'clatter' seems to come from the gearbox which disappears as more power is applied. This also occurs in reverse. I have no oil loss from either engine or gearbox, both are at maximum. Any ideas of the cause?

Asked by: M.Greer  | Wednesday 23 December, 11.53am | 2 answers

oil v lpg central heating

I am looking at renewing my old LPG boiler. Does anybody know which fuel is cheaper to run - oil / LPG?

Asked by: Chris Marriott  | Monday 21 December, 7.26pm | 1 answer

How to extend the life of domestic batteries

As a matter of routine I isolate all the boat batteries when leaving it on its home mooring. I have been told that I should leave on trickle charge through the Inverter/Charger to preserve the life of the batteries, is this correct, what do you advise?

Asked by: Nigel Scott  | Thursday 17 December, 5.08pm | 1 answer


HOW DO YOU assemle a narrow boat chimney mine has just fell apart

Asked by: adam  | Thursday 17 December, 5.08pm | 2 answers

water pump

The water pump on my boat does not run smoothly. It runs on and off when the tap is turned on. Do you know what the problem could be. A new pump and accumulator have recently been fitted but this has not solved the problem. Can you help. Many thanks

Asked by: robbie   | Monday 14 December, 2.55pm | 2 answers


I am thinking of putting a generator in a sound proof housing in a engine bay of a widebeam (cruiser stern type) and have been told that it will get to hot.Has anyone got thoughts on this

Asked by: mick turner  | Friday 11 December, 4.35pm | 2 answers

linning a GRP roof with timber

I intend to remove the old carpet which the previous owner had put on and replace with a timber lining. Can any one suggest the best method for securing pads to the roof of a GRP surface. These can the have the battons secured to them.

Asked by: Peter Stokes-Chapman  | Tuesday 8 December, 3.30pm | 1 answer

vermin on boats

How to eradicate rodent vermin on boats, species unknown.

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


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
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


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

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