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Quasi-Sine Wave/Apple MacBook

I have a Quasi-Sine Wave Inverter on board. Having recently bought an Apple MacBook, I would like some advice:
1. Can I run the MacBook via the Inverter supply.
2. If not - can I fully charge the MacBook battery without damaging it?
3. Is it possible to run a MacBook directly of the 12 volt supply (possibly using some kind of adaplor)?
Any advise would be appreciated.
Mike Brown

Asked by: Mike Brown  | Monday 15 March, 12.29pm | 10 answers


can you re-register a boats registered name to a new name, how and at what cost

Asked by: paul paintin  | Saturday 13 March, 3.54pm | 1 answer

seal for life batteries or top up type

having had 3 110amp per hour batteries on my boat for the last 5 years. I feel they have lasted well being helped by a good battery management and solar panel charging system. However this last year I feel the bateries have started to fail. Due to positioning of batteries it is quite a problem to top them up. Sealed for life batteries seem a good idea but will they cope with the marine charging system and can you explain how they can be maintained in tip top condition if they are sealed, can I expect them to last at least as long as my top up ones have.

Asked by: adrian hambleton  | Friday 12 March, 7.27pm | 1 answer

Waterproofing windows

Several of my anodised aluminium square windows and portholes are leaking, so I am planning to remove and reseal them. Do you have any tips on how to do this, especially what is the best sealer? Is bathroom silicon sealer suitable? I understand that you unscrew the window from the outside so that the outer and inner parts of the window then separate? Many thanks.

Asked by: Philip Dale  | Friday 12 March, 11.35am | 4 answers

sterilize a stainless steel tank

what would you use to sterilize a stainless steel water tank

Asked by: lynda.holgate@ntlworld.com  | Thursday 11 March, 2.10pm | 1 answer

contents insurance

Can anyone tell me who does reasonablly priced contents insurance for living aboard, constant cruising,with no home insurance policy to use.

Asked by: ann melloy  | Tuesday 9 March, 11.27am | no answers yet - add one

dock size

Can I tie down a 26ft long boat to a 20 ft long dock? the dock is at the end of a canal. Thanks,

Asked by: Marisa Feito  | Monday 8 March, 6.55pm | 2 answers

Boat leasing

I would like to rent a 57 foot narrowboat for 6-8 weeks during June and July to see whether I like the lifestyle prior to buying one and cruise continually. Can anyone recommend the best way to do this please and what to look out for?

Asked by: Michael Hammill  | Tuesday 2 March, 6.54pm | 6 answers


I am looking for a suitable VHF radio for cruising the tidal Trent in a 60' narrowboat

Asked by: Rob Henry  | Tuesday 2 March, 6.12pm | 5 answers

Chimney collar seal

Hello After having my stove lit for a few days last month (very cold weather)after about 24hrs a black liquid started to run down the insde of the flue pipe. I can only think this may be tar leaking through the seal between the chimney flue pipe and the collar where the chimnry pot fits.Can anyone advise what should be used for this seal so i could renew it. Or if anyone has similar problems.

Asked by: neil  | Monday 1 March, 11.13pm | 3 answers

disabled boaters dont get reduction on licence

can anyone tell me why disable fishermen get a reduction in there licence but the ea dont give disable boaters a reduction in there licence is it discrimination and how many disabled boaters r there and how would u go about getting the ea to change there policy

Asked by: david gregory  | Monday 1 March, 7.54pm | no answers yet - add one

Marine Battery chareger

Can anyone tell me what size marine battery charger i would need to be able to charge 2x 180amp leisure batteries.Wat amperage output would i need and can anyone recomend one and where to get it.

Asked by: edward Connolly  | Monday 1 March, 3.26pm | 2 answers

Anyone with experience of a JCB engine?

I have just bought an 'empty with everything to do' Westlander dutch barge. I have to buy an engine and am considering a JCB 85hp. It has only been on the market since 2005 so there is not much historical information to find. Or is there recommendations for any other make. I want to buy a new engine. The boat will eventually weigh around 25 tons. Any info would be gratefully recieved. Thanks

Asked by: Becky Webb  | Sunday 28 February, 10.44pm | 3 answers

BBC PBS show, poet barge

A while back Public tv here in yankeeland aired a program of a man also a poet who took a journey by barge and put the journey and his poetry together quite nicely. I would like to find a copy of that show but no one at BBC or PBS or anywhere else admits to knowing what I'm talking about. How about you?
Thanks and warmest regards
Michael Howatt

Asked by: Michael Howatt  | Sunday 28 February, 9.11am | 4 answers

Naming a narrowboat

If I buy a used narrowboat, and don't like it's name how easy is it to change it?

Asked by: Steve  | Friday 26 February, 12.12pm | 3 answers

battery water

could you please explain why my battery water is dark brown to black.I found this when i did a hydrometer test.also thanks for your last info on batteries.

Asked by: mick turner  | Thursday 25 February, 10.57am | 3 answers

What are the problems involved in extending an existing 12v lighting circuit?

The existing centre lights in my 57ft narrow boat are inadequate for reading/food preparation and I would like to fit perhaps up to six spotlights in the galley and main cabin area on the cabin walls.
I was thinking of breaking into the existing wiring system through the centre lights and running wires across the under side of the roof and down the cabin sides using brown plastic mini-trunking (as an alternative to trying to get under the roof and cabin wall linings).
Do you have any advice as to whether this is practical (and safe) and how best the spur system should be wired into the existing circuit?
It occurs to me that many people probably want to add additional lights and this might be a good topic for an article in WW.

Asked by: John Burt  | Sunday 21 February, 1.26pm | 3 answers

how good are axiom propellers

thinkinking of purchasing a axiom prop for my 58ft narrow boat

Asked by: michael deacon  | Sunday 21 February, 12.47pm | 1 answer

engine wont start

Went to start our boat today 1st time in 2 weeks and the engine turns over but wont fire Never had a problem before, seems plenty of life in Battery as tied for about 1 min 3times
checked fuel its ok
engine is a 2 cyl thornycroft (mitubshi) 1991
Any ideas what to try next

Asked by: Jim Bratt  | Saturday 20 February, 8.16pm | 4 answers

Identification of boat builder

Last year a friend saw a narrow boat on the Shroppie, I think it was called Thursdays Child. The boat featured tiller steering and internal wheel steering. Does anyone know who built this boat please.

Asked by: Tom Brady  | Saturday 20 February, 12.17pm | 7 answers

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