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  1. 3 HomeFi mobile broadband

    About a year ago I upgraded my contract with '3' which included 40gb of data and the Home-Fi unit. I have found the Home-Fi works as well as the Mi-Fi and has two external aerial sockets which is good if you are in a 4g reception area. I paired mine with one of these 4g aerials from Connex Technologies and found it an excellent combination. http://www.connextech.co.uk/lmo7270-wb-smsm---4g3ggsm-mimo-outdoor-omni-antenna-1153-p.asp Not cheap, but you get what you pay for. If you are going to be fairly static then it would pay to try out '3' at your mooring before you commit yourself. My experience of Vodafone is mediocre at best. I still find '3' to be excellent during our extensive travels around the system. The Home-Fi unit supplied by '3' is 240v but it is reduced to 12v IIRC and I power mine from a 12v power supply I got from Maplins. Another good make of aerials is Solwise. I use their Wi-Fi range extender which I find excellent. I have heard good reports of their 4g external aerials but have no direct experience of them myself. Ken
  2. Post / Royal Mail on a Canal Boat

    Welcome to the forum. There are several such services available to boaters. One example is Boatmail. They can be found in the classified sections of boating magazines and towpath talk or the They might be a good place to start to see what the 'competition' are offering. Ken
  3. Which Emergency Knife?

    I also have a Gerber, left over from my sailing days. In addition I use a bread knife for clearing stuff from the prop. I also have a pair of bolt croppers in case I get any wire wrapped around the prop, but so far haven't needed them. Ken
  4. Somewhere for winter

    Yelvertoft Marina. Also has a slipway and yard (and also a covered shed) where you can DIY. Very friendly marina and not far from Braunston for chandleries and other canal related services if required. Also close to the A14 and jcn 18 of the M1. Ken
  5. Stolen Boat

    There was a thread about this last week. https://canalworld.net/forums/index.php?/topic/92860-stolen-boat/ Fortunately the boat was recovered very quickly, but not before quite a bit of damage was caused, it would seem. Still not nice to have that happen though, damage or no. Ken
  6. Improving onboard Mobile communications

    It doesn't seem to have an external aerial capability so it probably wouldn't be much better inside a steel narrowboat than a Mi-fi unit. Reading the 'blurb' it suggests the unit can be positioned anywhere to obtain the best signal. I would suggest putting it outside on the roof would not be a practical solution. Ken
  7. Electric set up advice

    We have been on our marina berth a lot this summer due to a number of reasons and have found that our electric consumption from the meter has been drastically reduced due to our solar array. We have a large fridge, two freezers and the usual gadgets of modern life so our normal electric consumption is fairly high. Solar caters for pretty much everything except the hot water which is provided by the immersion heater when either the engine or diesel heating system isn't on. We just switch the shore power on for about an hour or so per day to give us a tank full of water or when using high load items like the washing machine. Judging by the amount of prepay meter cards I have been buying this summer I would say my electric costs have been reduced by about 60-70% compared to my pre-solar usage. In cash terms that amounts to a saving of about £30 a month. I have found that it is neccessary to switch off the shorepower (we have a Victron Multiplus inverter/charger) as otherwise the MPPT controller shuts down the panels as it senses the batteries are charged and the solar capability is wasted. Ken
  8. Electric set up advice

    You can't have too much solar IMHO. And fit an MPPT controller. You don't say whether you will be CCing or usually attached to shore power. 140 watts of solar won't be enough if you are living aboard and expect a usefull contribution to your electrical needs. We have 700 watts and find that provides most of our needs throughout the summer. Bear in mind that on cloudy days, your panel will produce a lot less power. To produce electricity off grid is going to be expensive, either by engine or genny, and is likely to cost you around £1 per hour as a rough ball park figure. Solar of course is free after the initial costs. Even if you are attached to shorepower, electricity still costs. I find that I only need to have the shorepower switched on for only an hour or two a day to run power hungry items such as immersion, washing machine, iron, etc. So even having shore power available, solar is still a very cost effective option. Having said that, solar will be pretty much useless for your needs in winter. Ken
  9. Winter moorings (unattended)

    I also recommend the Meaco DD8L dehumidifier. It has a drain tube facility which I drain into the sink and importantly, if you have a power interruption such as a power cut or running out of credit on your berth, when the power comes back on it stays on the same setting. Some, when power fails, need to be switched on again manually. It is also very economical as, once it gets to the desired humidity setting it goes into 'sleep' mode, and samples the air every every 30 minutes, only switching back on when it senses the humidity has risen to the set level. It also keeps the cabin surprisingly warm. Ken
  10. Diesel Thieves & Speed Boats

    Perfect solution. Prevents you losing diesel and you get a free pump-out at the same time - result! Ken
  11. A memorable trip for all the wrong reasons

    That is such sad news. Sincere condolences to you and your family. Ken
  12. Seeking opinions on porthole verses rectangle windows

    I think a mix is best. We have bus type to lounge, dinette and kitchen and large portholes to bathroom, bedroom and utility room. Plenty of light where you need it and privacy where required. A mix also seems to make the boat look more 'interesting' than having all one or the other. Ken
  13. Thetford Spinflo Aspire cooker

    We had a similar problem with a Stoves 500 dit cooker which we had installed. It was a great disappointment and didn't seem to reach the required temperature. This applied to the hob rings as well as the oven. In fact it seemed to get slowly but progressively worse until it suddenly packed up completely one day. We had a gas engineer come and check it out and he discoverd that the hinged glass top of the cooker had a fault with the gas shut off linkage which cuts off the gas if the glass hob cover isn't fully open. It transpired that the linkage was incorrectly fitted from new and when he adjusted it the cooker was completely transformed and now performs superbly. I see that your cooker has a similar hinged glass top. One of the factors which also might have affected the glass lid opening fully, and therefore affected the gas shut off valve was the sloping cabin side behind the cooker which may not allow the glass lid to open fully. Perhaps yours might be similarly affected? Ken
  14. Car Insurance, definitive advice sought please.

    Unless the law has changed, the 3rd party insurance cover relating to driving another vehicle would be basic Road Traffic Act cover which is injury only. If you cause damage to something expensive, and it was your fault, that could cost you dear. It would be better to seek specific advice from your insurance company as to what exactly is covered in your circumstances. Ken
  15. DC input voltage for LED tv

    Thanks very much for your thoughts. I have now plugged it in using the 19v setting.........so far so good! Ken