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  1. From Regents Canal along the Thames

    Before going onto tidal waters in my safety brief I make all the crew aware of how to use the VHF and how to raise a MAYDAY. Because the trained, licence holding individual might have collapsed or gone over the side. That's just good practice for any skipper.
  2. Carrying spares

    If your beta has a poly v belt and idler roller (mine had 2 because of travel power alternator) then some high temperature bearings for the idler rollers. I had several failures of these and thats a kin to fan belt failure ie no water pump/charging etc (never had the fan belt go) Addiing to the lists already posted A grease gun, magnetic pick up tool, good filter removal tool like a boa, good thick jump leads, inspection mirror, magnetic LED inspection lamp. What I have found on boats I have owned is that good tools that fit well are invaluable, as you are often working at arms length, blind or in limited space.
  3. Fake pumpout card

    I think CaRT sell the RAM cards for the pump out machine in Limehouse
  4. Also worth mentioning I think. With increasing amounts of ethanol in petrol nowadays older rubber fuel lines/o rings etc will perish and need replacement. I have just had to change all the fuel lines on a 1978 camper van. Even R9 fuel hose is susceptible but ethanol resistant lines are available if you look from the likes of AFS.
  5. Battery Voltage Dropping Quickly - Why ?

    I suspect its also worth checking the thermostat setting for the immersion heater. After a 3.5 hour cruise I would think it should have cut the immersion heater off?
  6. I don't know of an instructor up there but with an outboard the RYA power boat level 2 may be more appropriate than IWHC. Ive done both, enjoyed them and learnt a lot.
  7. Hi I understand the hydronic 10 has a glow pin screen. This screen does not show up on the parts lists or exploded diagrams for the heater and I have seen reference elsewhere that its non replaceable. Question is has anyone replaced the screen on this heater?
  8. Insurance covering use on tidal waters

    Talk to GJW about your requirements I was very surprised when they extended our cover I only wanted to go to river Orwell The Territorial Limits are amended to: United Kingdom, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Europe, countries bordering the Mediterranean, the Caribbean 9 to 19 Degrees North 58 to 68 Degrees West, the Azores Cape Verde Islands, Canaries, Madeira, Bermuda, Australia, Cape Verde Islands, Canaries, Madeira, Bermuda, Australia, any of these countries.
  9. Don't forget about cooling the hydraulic oil, it will get hot very quickly. For what its worth we have a 125cc/rev pump and 250cc/rev motor giving 2:1 reduction but thats on a barge weighing over 50T, so you can probably half that or even less.
  10. Electric set up advice

    Travel Power vs on board generator my personal experience We had a travel power unit on our narrowboat which we owned for 8 years. (we only lived on board for 6 months) Ours was a 7KW unit. They are a great solution if space/funding is limited. They do require the user to set an appropriate engine speed as load increases, so as we were about to for example put on microwave I would stand ready to increase revs as load increased so as to keep the "OK" LED green. They require the main engine to run so are quite noisy unless engine has hospital silencer and appropriate engine bay sound suppression and of coarse increase running hours. The TP alternator runs even if not in service so bearings etc have same running hours as the main engine (I used to take the drive belt off when we were not using it but suspect others wouldn't bother to do this). The black or silver box is difficult to fault find if things go wrong. Having said that in our eight years we only had to send ours once for new bearings and refurb etc to Cox's. Great bit of kit but understand its limitations. We have a purpose built marine generator on our current boat which we live aboard and have done for three years. Ours is manual start as many people prefer. The unit is housed in a sound suppressing box and is very quiet in operation (not silent but quiet). There is no need for manual throttle intervention as loads increase. They are usually raw water cooled and this can create some noise, however ours is unusual with keel cooling. They are available in 3000rpm or 1500rpm with the 4 pole 1500rpm being probably the quietest. Ours being 14KVA can power all our onboard requirements and we love it. Downsides are, an additional engine to service and maintain, some electronic equipment don't like "noisy" generator output (but we haven't had any issues,) and of coarse initial outlay and installation.
  11. Electric set up advice

    As I said maybe controversial, but for me it was part of an alternator upgrade from 70A to 160A and I didn't have a split charger/ dual alternators so for us it provided a neat solution and does seam to work well; for us anyway.
  12. Electric set up advice

    That was my point really. You can be slightly power hungry if you want and spec your boat accordingly and on a widebeam, you have the space to do so, ie big battery bank, genny and solar. It does cost but its achievable. Whether its a combi inverter/charger or separate inverter and battery charger, when you run the genny you will charge the batteries, but you will need a charger of some sorts. In addition and maybe controversially I fitted an alternator to battery charger(Sterling Power) which acts as a three stage charger for the domestic batteries from the main engine alternator when we are cruising.
  13. Electric set up advice

    From my experience of living on a similar sized boat (60 x 14) and probably similar or slightly less electrical consumption. It is fairly easy to get by in the summer, we have 580W solar and run our genny for about an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening. We are all electric so need genny for cooking and plan to use other electrical appliances whilst cooking ie dishwasher, washing machine etc. Our 3000W inverter is also our battery charger so as a byproduct our batteries are usually well in excess of 80% SOC by the time we stop the genny. BUT as others have said if you wish to have that much power available you really need big battery bank and genny. We have 1500AH at 12V batteries (7 x 214AH AGM's) and a 14KVA diesel genny. Even with that bank I rarely run 2KW loads without genny running. In the winter we take a mooring with hook up. If not we would have to run the genny a lot more and ours requires oil and filters every 100hrs so that could be twice a month. Also worth considering in my opinion is going 24V or even 48V battery bank (save on copper) Having capability for 32A hook up Have high power and low power circuits, so high load appliances only operate when genny is running or hooked up.
  14. The info on BWML's website is misleading, as the plan in the lock office shows a much reduced length of 24hr moorings. The new pontoons will be charged at the marina visitor rates. What will be left of the 24hr moorings is also at the lock end of the moorings where it narrows so breasting up will be limited.
  15. Grounded not far from selbycanal

    When this happened to a couple we know on the Thames, RCR told them to stick it in reverse add some revs and go and make a cup of tea. This they did and about 40 minutes later the flow of water under the boat had washed enough away and they were floating again