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Alan de Enfield

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  1. My Victron charger can do a 15.2v charge by 'toggling' the up/down buttons (the ones alongside the power / standby switch), but can be adjusted up to 16.0 volts in 0.1v increments
  2. The HMRCE rules are very clear and have been known for many years. If you are referring to the company I think you are, then, folks on this forum, looking to buy from them have been warned about the liklehood of their boats not meeting the requirements. Further details an be found here : http://www.thefitoutpontoon.co.uk/buying-building-canal-narrowboat-vat-free-tax-exemption-regulations-liveaboard-qualifying-vessel-widebeam.html A word of warning: It is vital as a 'Purchaser' you read all the contractual documentation regarding the purchase of any vessels and in particular VAT free vessels. There's been a case highlighted to us where a boat had been sold as 'VAT free' unfortunately on incorrect grounds which post sale lead to the HMRC correctly chasing the seller for the VAT which should have been charged. In this particular case the contract of sale placed the responsibility to satisfy any such VAT claim on the purchaser so they had to stump up.
  3. 10 metres x 20mm at Screwfix £5.23 http://www.screwfix.com/p/tower-corrugated-conduit-white-20mm-x-10m/38177?kpid=38177&cm_mmc=Google-_-Product%20Listing%20Ads-_-Sales%20Tracking-_-sales%20tracking%20url&gclid=Cj0KEQjwtu3GBRDY6ZLY1erL44EBEiQAAKIcvhXuftUsbGLpz14Tgpsj4OA58KAau4JiBWeeV51CvW0aAr6W8P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CI_mwrLR_NICFXch0wodZ-kDkg Edit to add : Black or white Available
  4. To minimise the quiescent current. Could be worth a read of this thread : http://canalworld.net/forums/index.php?/topic/10547-victron-inverter-power-consumption/ Example : (from Gibbo) The 6 Watts you refer to is if the inverter is allowed to go to sleep (idle mode). If it doesn't go into idle (ie it's on all the time) then the wasted power is more along the lines of 35 watts = 70 Ahrs per day! And there is a slight problem with idle mode and fridges. Often the fridge will not try to fire up unless there is 230 volts available (which there won't be if the inverter is in idle mode). And the inverter won't come out of idle mode unless a load is put on it. Catch 22. Many people have to keep the inverter out of idle mode in order to run a fridge. As you can see from the above this can get rather wasteful of power. But not all fridges do this.
  5. Measured with a meter : 1800w Sterling drawing around 4a on standby 1500w Victron drawing under 0.5a on standby. I must admit to never having measured a 'low-wattage' inverter, never having had the need for one.
  6. It is dangerous to give this advice without knowing the type of plug / socket. Several brands of 12v TVs do use this type of plug - but - many others use different types. The 12v TV on one of my boats has a circular 5 pin (Din Type) connector and it came with that 'as new' straight out of the box.
  7. Eggs-actly as you suggest - and like a car is just something that you start the engine and drive it where you need to go - no knowledge or skills needed.
  8. Just to expand on what others have said An inverter takes power from the batteries, just to power itself, it then takes more power to change the12v to 240v. A cheap inverter takes lots of power just to run, more expensive, quality, inverter uses very little power just to run.
  9. Things to consider : 1) Why pay for something that you are going to 'rip-out' (new flooring dinette etc) 2) Why not buy a brand new shell, with new engine and fit (pay someone to fit) the inside out how you want it. You can get a 55 foot , ''lined out sailaway for £40,00 3) You can get a brand new completed 55 foot NB for under £60,000. If you are going to buy a boat and have to do 'a lot of work' to get it how you want it, why not make it easier on yourself and start with a 'clean sheet' with no rubbish to get rid of - and a good (new) solid structure to build on. Just one example of prices, and what you get for each price. http://www.sherwoodboats.co.uk/prices.php
  10. Water in the diesel.
  11. Applicability – battery terminals fitted with screw clamps are acceptable if the cable strands are protected by the use of spreader plates or tinned cable ends in the terminal. I know Robbo answered during my 'search' but having gone to the trouble to cut & paste from the 'rules' I am posting it anyway. It makes you wonder how many boaters actually read the 'rules' when preparing their boat for the examination.
  12. May I suggest that in view of the need to ask the question that you 'get someone in' to : 1) Find out why your old batteries never went above 11 volts 2) To wire in your new batteries. Where is the "?" cable connected to at the other end ? Your drawing appears to have the "?" wires connected to the 'negative' side of the batteries, nothing connected to the 'positive' side and then both positive & negative connected to 'earth'. Sparks will fly !!!! Your drawing appears to show two batteries, one of which has four terminals ?
  13. Is that the Russian 'acronym' for "Female looking for male" ?
  14. Story 'on the Trent' today is that the owner of the boat that 'caused the fire' did not have insurance, and is now in a 'bit of a financial mess', with not only the loss of his new boat, but the costs of the other boat + the marina jetty / fuel berth costs, + recovery costs. Any comment as to if this is known to be fact - or just the rumour mill at full throttle ?
  15. In principle it is quite simple to replace with a 'bladder' tank - but - it depends on the lay-out and access for YOUR particular boat. eg : do you have a large hatch access to get the bladder in the 'tank', can you get access to run the outlet pipe from the bladder into the existing pipework (thru any bulkheads, side of existing tank etc) ?