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Size of Stern Gland Packing

1. How do I determine the size of stern gland packing. The shaft on my narrowboat is 30 mm dia. but the gland does not appear to have any marking to indicate size of packing required. Apart from taking off the for'd cover and measuring the clearance how do I know which size packing to purchase?
2. Is it necessary to cut the new packing into circles before fitting, rather than fitting in 1 piece in a spiral, which might provide a better seal.

Asked by: Peter McLaren  | Tuesday 17 November, 12.23pm | 3 answers


Non residential mooring

If I take a non residential mooring at my local marina the rules are that I can stay on my boat for 120 days per annum. My question is if I take the mooring for 6 months, does this mean I can only stay on my boat for 60 days during this 6 month period.

Asked by: Tom Grocott  | Friday 13 November, 4.03pm | 1 answer


TV Licence

If I use one of my home televisions on my Narrowboat, do I need another Licence? Advise please.

Asked by: Michael Clement  | Monday 9 November, 6.16pm | 2 answers


wifi

I have just commissioned a new boat my first. As we intend to live aboard and hope to cruise quite a lot. We have now started to look at the needs we require ie wifi satellite tv. So before we spend large amounts of money we would like to know which systems work best many thanks Tom G

Asked by: Tom Grocott  | Saturday 7 November, 5.47pm | 2 answers


TV aerial

Does anyone have any information on the effectiveness of the small rectangular TV aerials which have appeared on a number of boats recently?

Asked by: Tom Ainsworth  | Saturday 31 October, 5.22pm | 2 answers


Sterling inverter

In the the three years I've had my boat I've had two cheap inverters, which have broken. 1 actually exploded in a cloud of smoke and blue flames!! This led me to buy a 3500w Sterling pure sine. Now this works perfectly (touch wood) and runs everything. However, the fan always seems to be on and it's quite noisy. When I run something like my coffee machine, the fan becomes much louder, so it's obviously working as it should. But should the fan always be on? Neither of the other two inverters ran their fans until voltage was being used (or the fridge kicked in). Is this a Sterling thing?

Asked by: Carl  | Wednesday 28 October, 11.43am | 1 answer


Victron energy monitor

I use a Victron energy monitor and I find it extremely useful for knowing the state of charge of my batteries. I recently made the mistake of using a slow cooker while moored up for a couple of days. My batteries dropped to about 75%, which isn't really a problem because I have a couple of 100w solar pannels which charge the batteries when I'm hooked up in a marina (I usually am). When I got back to the marina, over a couple of days I watched the charge increase by about 5% per day. But, from being on 85%, an hour later I glanced at the monitor and it was saying 100%? Why would that be. My batteries don't charge when I'm hooked up, I rely completely on solar to recharge them.

Asked by: Carl  | Wednesday 28 October, 11.38am | 2 answers


Battery maths don't add up!

I have been monitoring my battery voltage levels recently and the battery voltage level seems to be far lower than what I would expect.
If I charge the batteries fully from a mains three step charger and disconnect this and leave them overnight the voltage has dropped to about 12V.
I have calculated the load to be about 50Ah overnight and the batteries are three 110Ah lead acid sealed leisure connected in parallel and are about 3 months old.
To me the voltage should not be dropping that low. I have noticed the main battery lead is connected to just the first battery and the other two are connected in parallel to this. Could this be a problem or is it possible I already have a dead battery?

Asked by: Adam Savory  | Wednesday 28 October, 9.23am | 1 answer


Water tank size for constant cruiser?

Hi,
I am considering getting a narrowboat in London and was wondering, if I'm a constant cruiser, what size water tank should I get, and how regularly do you recommend I top it up/clean it out?
Thanks

Asked by: Chloe T  | Tuesday 27 October, 5.29pm | 2 answers


Inverter

Hi,
With an inverter, 300w - 600w peak, can you wire it directly into a 12v power point on the boat? Say an existing 12v plug socket or has it got to be wired direct to the battery?
Jase

Asked by: Jason Hulme  | Thursday 22 October, 7.02pm | 1 answer


Generator Power

Hi,
I'm considering buying a generator for my boat. I'm reading a lot about the "earthing" of them. I'm in a marina with pontoons. How do I earth it as no bank or earth is near?
Jose

Asked by: Jason Hulme  | Sunday 18 October, 8.16am | 1 answer


Magazines

I have a collection of waterways world magazines. 245 in total, including the very first editions. I would like £100 for these. If you know of anyone who is interested would you please pass on my email address: margaretor@btconnect.com or my mob: 07787748433. Thank you. Margaret

Asked by: Margaret O'Riley  | Saturday 17 October, 5.07pm | no answers yet - add one


Water System

Just changed the hot water tank old one was 75lts new one 55lts now the pump over runs for a long time what size accumulator do I need to fit I have 15.25mts narrow boat

Asked by: Patrick Moran  | Friday 16 October, 7.58pm | 2 answers


Narrowboat Anchor for River Use.

What would be a suitable anchor for a 60 ft narrowboat. Weight and type of anchor. Weight and length of chain. Size and length of rope. Where to attach on the boat. Stern is handy for the helmsman. Please reply to jim@caudle.co.uk

Asked by: Jim Caudle  | Tuesday 13 October, 2.42pm | 2 answers


Honda Diesel GD1250 21bhp

Hi,
I've just bought a 24ft narrowboat that came with the above engine. Can anyone tell me where I can get a user manual from?
Not to sound like a cheap skate, preferably free of charge.
Cheers Jase

Asked by: Jason Hulme  | Tuesday 6 October, 1.29pm | 4 answers


Reducing engine noise

I have cruiser stern with a barrus shire 50hp, which I have tyred to reduce the sound with stick on foam/rubber/foil insulation. This has reduced the sound quite a lot, but inside the boat the sound is still quite loud. On yachts the engine is insulated very close to the engine, and i was wondering if enclosing the engine within the engine bay would be the next step. I would like to know if it's safe to do regarding engine temperature. I was thinking if it was OK, to vent out off the air intake on the airfillter.The back deck has also been raised by about 150mm.The exhaust is standard, but was told the hospital ones don't make much difference!
many thanks

Asked by: anthony spanswick  | Monday 5 October, 8.37pm | 3 answers


NEW TO BOATING

CAN I STOP AND PARK ANYWHERE ALONG THE CANAL FOR A OVERNIGHT STOP AND WHICH SIDE

Asked by: MICK BAINES  | Saturday 3 October, 11.45am | 1 answer


Boat review with heat exchanger fitted.

can you tell me which magazine had a boat review with a adler heat exchanger fitted.

Asked by: Rowan Marriott  | Tuesday 29 September, 11.42pm | 1 answer


Pump out toilet

Hi - any thoughts on the best pump out toilet to replace a cassette. It will have to be fitted on the top of the black water tank already installed in the boat's bathroom at the stern
Thanks BG

Asked by: bill goad  | Monday 14 September, 5.06pm | 1 answer


Skintank

Should the hot water enter the skin tank at the top or bottom of tank mine is going to the bottom.I Have I have long pipes from engine room to skin tank. Having cooling problems.
Alan.

Asked by: Alan Milchard  | Sunday 13 September, 8.44pm | 3 answers

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