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Trickle Charging Batteries

I read in your Q & A section that someone has 5 x 110 AH and 1 X 50 AH batteries which they want to leave on trickle charge unattended over the winter months. It was suggested that a 60 W panel would be ideal. I have a 150 W panel, can I use this and what sort of controller woulkd I need. I also have a 1 x 110 AH bow- thruster battery which I would like to keep charged. Thanks for any advice.

Asked by: Alan Denney  | Monday 24 September, 3.32pm | 8 answers


electric bike

Anybody got any experience of charging batteries on an electric bike, we will be using the power from on board mostly only sometimes using mains ie. marinas. simple electronic calculation please.

Asked by: Peter Wright  | Wednesday 19 September, 7.48pm | 1 answer


solar cells

I have 5x 110amp hoise batteries and 1x 120amp starter battery. I am returnimg to Australia for 3 months in early December and am considering solar cells to trickle feed batteries and hopefully ensure they are not ruind by an unforseen cold snap. What size cell will I need to do this? Will I need two- one for domestic and one for starter?

Asked by: peter osullivan  | Wednesday 19 September, 4.44pm | 2 answers


need a generator

The marina I am at has had its electric cut off and is unlikely to be reinstated. I will need a generator but don't know was size/output/fuel etc. I will need for my narrowboat. I have a 1800w Sterling inverter and a battery charger. Any advice would be appreciated. I am unable to move as mooring is pre-paid and I doubt if I would get my money back (winters coming).

Asked by: Paul Jones  | Sunday 16 September, 11.05am | 3 answers


Lon term moorings in the north of England

I have a 52ft narrowboat that is currently moored in Brentoford in west London. I would like to move back up north, closer to family etc., but am struggling to find any listings for long term moorings in northern cities e.g. Lancaster. If anyone has any advice on where to look, it would be hugely appreciated!
Jenny

Asked by: Jenny Thwaites  | Monday 10 September, 10.40am | no answers yet - add one


Leak in Stern Gland

I have a slight leak in the stern gland of my narrowboat and am looking for a good, reasonably priced, mechanic who would do the work at my marina at Lechlade on Thames Glos. Any recommendations?

Asked by: Paul Jones  | Wednesday 5 September, 8.09pm | 2 answers


Suitable holiday?

In 2013 we (1 x 75, 1x 70, 1x 69 and 1 x 40) would like to holiday by narrowboat on the Kennet & Avon canal. Would our ages and total lack of experience prevent a relaxing first time narrow boat holiday?

Asked by: john clayden  | Wednesday 5 September, 3.57pm | 7 answers


motorcycle on narrow boat

I have seen a motorcycle lifted onto the bow of a narrow boat, and I have found Belle they have stowed a motorcycle, but the photos dont show the motorcycle in situ, has anybody got other ideas.

Asked by: Peter Wright  | Monday 3 September, 6.13pm | 1 answer


Trickle charging batteries

My 10 amp Smart battery charger has just failed. I use it to keep my 3x110 amp domestic batteries trickle charged via a shoreline connection when at my home mooring. I am receiving conflicting advice on what I should buy to replace it. One view is that a charger rated at 10 amps is not adequate for the job and that I need at least 50 amps. The other opinion is that for a trickle charge, 10 amps should be adequate. Do you have a view?

Asked by: John Burt  | Monday 3 September, 2.27pm | 3 answers


NB Purton

Is there a histo9ry of the 1930's Northwhich Purton? I think it was cut down by BW for the L&L as a floating workshop, then privately owned.

Asked by: John Mack  | Saturday 1 September, 11.58am | 3 answers


How good is 2 pack paint

Is having a narrowboat sprayed with 2 pack paint worthwhile. Does the surface chip & scratch less and stay rust free longer.

Asked by: grayham pope  | Friday 31 August, 5.49pm | 2 answers


Best filter for diesel bug /water.

Can you advise the best extra filter to fit before the standard fuel filter on my Nanni engine to remove water and the diesel bug from my fuel ?

Asked by: David Spencer  | Friday 31 August, 4.25pm | 4 answers


Locking fuel cap

Does anyone know where i can buy a locking fuel cap for my narrowboat?

Asked by: Paul Jones  | Tuesday 28 August, 5.55pm | 3 answers


70 foot long mooring rope

Where can i buy a 70 foot long mooring rope (delivered) for the bow of my 58 foot narrowboat for when i travel the Thames single handed. Tried searching online but can't find one, any suggestions.

Asked by: Paul Jones  | Tuesday 28 August, 5.53pm | 3 answers


porp going round

engine going prop turning boat wont move

Asked by: graham blackhurst  | Saturday 25 August, 8.24pm | 2 answers


Problems with inverter

Hello, we have a sterling Inverter and have just had 4 new batteries, but have a problem with the power. The ac out light on the inverter flashes intermittently and affects the radio, fridge, tv etc so that we cannot run them. This happens when travelling or moored, but not when we are connected to the mains

Asked by: Carol/Keith  | Tuesday 21 August, 7.50pm | 2 answers


Engine struggles after a few hours cruising

Hi there. I have a Narrowboat with a Nanni diesel 4110 with a PRM150 gearbox. I usually go along at about 1500 - 1800 revs quite happily. Recently, after a while cruising the engine gets more and more laboured until at 2500 revs it is struggling to keep going with smoky exhaust. It's as if the prop is tangled (which it isn't) or like it's dragging something heavy behind.
The engine runs cool, at around 45-50 deg C instead of the recommended 71 deg C and I have identified that the thermostat has been removed by the previous owner (I've ordered a new one). Oil pressure seems within bounds and in neutral the engine sounds fine, it has recently had the injectors reconditions.
Gearbox oil seems fine and having had new engine mounts recently the prop has been aligned. I have had an oil and all filters changed too.
Any thoughts? Could the low engine temperature be causing this issue?

Asked by: Keith R Harris  | Tuesday 21 August, 11.26am | 4 answers


Sealing fibreglass roof.

Hello,
I have a 50-year-old narrowboat with a fibreglass roof. In recent years it staretd to leak more and more, in different places, particularly after heavy rain. I can't find the actual cracks, and more will probably appear, so I was wondering if I can seal all of it somehow, for instance using glass fibre resin or epoxy. Is it feasible? Would it make the roof texture very uneven? It doesn't have to be perfect and shiny, but I'd rather avoid thick smudges and such.
Thanks a lot,
Jedrek

Asked by: Jedrek Burakiewicz  | Monday 20 August, 2.09pm | 6 answers


Contaminated hot water?

Thank you for your first ansewer. The boat surveyor could not find the PRV and has said in his report that one must be fitted. If there isn't one at the moment, could this cause the contamination?

Asked by: Paul Taylor  | Sunday 19 August, 10.14pm | 1 answer


Contaminated hot water?

My narrowboat's hot water is heated by the engine (this may be usual; I don't know). There is a noticeable smell of diesel when the hot water is run, e.g. in the shower, which can't be right. Any thoughts please on cause(s) and solution(s)? Thanks.

Asked by: Paul Taylor  | Sunday 19 August, 8.02pm | 1 answer

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