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Traveller last won the day on October 11 2015

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  • Birthday December 22

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    River Great Ouse
  1. NatWest Narrowboats

    Thanks for this. But she was def a Braunston wooden top. We used her several times - once Gayton to Stratford upon Avon in a week of deluge! I do know she was the first narrowboat and was sold to fund one of the later boats so maybe that is why she is missing from the list. Can still hear that single cylinder diesel - Petter I think. Happy days :-) Pride of Lothbury not Rose as I first recalled. Thanks again.
  2. NatWest Narrowboats

    It could have been Natwester 1 etc. It was a long time ago but NatWest sticks in my mind, probably because that was the bank's nickname after the merger. Maidenhead was where we picked the boat up.
  3. NatWest Narrowboats

    The one at Gayton was a wooden top and was built by Braunston Boats if memory serves - it was eventually moved to pastures new but I cannot recall where. NatWest 1 I thought was the plastic jobbie on the Thames and upon which I did my original handling course - had to have a certificate of competency before being allowed access to the inland boats. I bet I've got pictures somewhere but where - there was no digital filing then :-) I do remember the Fastnet tragedy. I was working in the Princess Street, London office of Trustee Dept in those days, either there or 15 Bishopsgate.
  4. NatWest Narrowboats

    Remember them well. They were part of the NatWest sailing club. I was a member and used the one moored at Gayton Junction several times, before buying our own boat. Cannot remember all the names but believe there was a NatWest 1, NatWest 2 and a Rose of Lothbury - one of them was a fibreglass cruiser on the Thames. You have really taken me back :-)
  5. Shore Power/Galvanic Corrosion

    Some great advice and info, as usual, many thanks. On the back of this I checked through the wiring and found there is an earth, it runs from the back of the last plug socket in the chain to a stud in the engine room. The earth on the plug tracks back to the bus bar in the consumer unit so would I be correct in concluding that this is sufficient?
  6. RCD for Isolating Transformer

    Re 5). Presumably the bonding point can be anywhere on the hull and close (adjacent to) the CU?
  7. Shore Power/Galvanic Corrosion

    That is exactly it, blackrose. Safety dictates I bond the earth so I will but that then opens, if only slightly in my case, the risk of GC! I could just rip it all out and use a normal extension lead but the current arrangement is safer than that option in that there are no wires draped around the boat and the two sockets driven by the lead are securely fixed. So a quick bond of earth upon entry to the boat and then buy an inline GI seems to be the only way.
  8. Shore Power/Galvanic Corrosion

    Thanks, we are beginning to get back into the world of if, buts and maybe - which is just how I have found all threads on shore power and galvanic corrosion. That is why I framed my original post the way I did. The point is I need electricity infrequently and even if I am on board at the mooring for a few days I doubt if I would be plugged in for more that two or three hours a day and even if plugged in it is likely that nothing would be plugged into the live plugs for much of that time. Anything that was plugged in would not be connected to the boat in any way - save for the earth between shore power and hull (when created). The exception is the battery charger which is used rarely. From what I am reading now it seems the best answer is to just rip it out but that would result in running extension leads from shore to boat!
  9. Shore Power/Galvanic Corrosion

    Thank you. I have bookmarked that page and will go with the more expensive version.
  10. Shore Power/Galvanic Corrosion

    I'd forgotten that thanks, Tony - that might well be the way to go
  11. Shore Power/Galvanic Corrosion

    Yes Tony GI as well, I omitted to mention that - sorry! Or maybe just rip the lot out :-)
  12. Shore Power/Galvanic Corrosion

    Thanks all. The wiring has always been this way and boat safety has never questioned it - not that that makes it right. I will heed your advice and run the earth to the hull.
  13. I know this subject has been covered many times. The problem is it all gets so technical with opposing views that I am never quite sure what the real answer is (if indeed there is one). Anyway, I have shore power, it is run through an RCD but the installation is not earthed to the hull. The arrangement is basically an extension lead - the boat is not permanently plugged in. There is nothing ever attached to the shore power that is connected to the boat (other than the battery charger which is rarely used as I rely on solar and the charger is not permanently plugged in). I use the shore power to run electric tools and the hoover when necessary and that is about it. Need I be concerned about GC? Thanks
  14. Painting a Narrow Boat DIY

    Was on ours too. I flattened them off a bit but did not bother filling, I just painted the roof with that deck paint that has the rubber granuals in it (Protecta-Kote if I recall). That disguised the welds reasonably well. We had that boat some years.
  15. Painting a Narrow Boat DIY

    That is what we did but did not go too far as the welds did not penetrate the steel. What we did was reduce the height of the welds and then floated filler across it, rubbed down and then painted. The result was good but is was a very slow process given the number of welds involved!