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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. Vetus 12volt toilet

    Our toilets are Vetus Macerator types. They are actually made by SaniMarine. Ours are 12V ones and draw 25 Amps so particularly sensitive to correct cable size. We have had a control panel burn out because they were installed with the wrong size cables. Spares are expensive even SaniMarine parts from Lee San, but Vetus pricing, I think they just make it up.
  12. Belts Noisy

    We had a beta 43 on our narrowboat. It had a travel power fitted so belt arrangement will be different. This had two idler pulleys fitted one for the alternators/water pump belt and one for the travel pack. A rattle usually indicated a bearing failing in those pulleys. I had to change several before Adrian at beta informed me I should be buying high temperature ones.
  13. Unisolar PV & Mixing types of solar panels

    Hi I am also looking at this as a solar system on our boat. This you tube video is interesting where someone tests 2 x 130W unisolars vs 2 x 100W poly and 2 x 100W mono panels. Yes I know that's an unfair comparison as the amorphous have a 30% advantage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31wyAkE0g9Q However in non favourable conditions the unisolars did surprisingly well generating 7.5KWhrs vs 4.9 and 3.5. I have just got 4 x unisolar 68W and will add lensuns in the summer when I get a feeling for the required additional output. I am planning on doing that with a second MPPT as the unisolars will effectively choke the Lensun panels.
  14. Bow Thrusters

    It may be helpful to go on the RYA's Inland Waterways Helmsman's Course before deciding. We did this course before we bought our narrowboat and found it very useful. It should teach you the basic techniques for handling a boat without a bowthruster and give you confidence when your new sail away is ready to cruise, rather than learning through trial and error. I know some dis this course but for us it certainly helped. We went on to buy a 60' NB without a thruster and rarely felt the need for one in the 7 years we owned her. Having said that we now have a 55 Tonne barge with high topsides which has a thruster fitted and we would have lost a lot more paint if we didn't have it, particularly on windy days entering tight locks.
  15. Going up the Thames Tomorrow

    The stretch of water outside Limehouse can be extremely choppy with the wash created by clippers and the fast RIBs (and at busy times of the day it never gets the chance to settle), but it will calm down up river. If I were going out on a narrowboat I would aim to time it for a tide earlier in the morning before the RIBs in particular start operating. I came out of limehouse last October and did a trip the other way down the estuary and up the coast (on a barge). The stretch outside Limehouse and down as far as the O2 was the most uncomfortable of the whole trip (we left at 4pm).