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Boater keys found in Ely

27 May 2013 - 05:32 PM


Yesterday, some boater keys with a float were found on the towpath, between the pump-out and Babylon gallery in Ely. They are being held by L'Atalante (big green and cream widebeam opposite Babylon gallery), if they are yours.


Morso Squirrel with Back Boiler

06 December 2012 - 08:47 PM

Does anyone know how hot is too hot for running a Morso Squirrel with a back boiler?
I was interested to know how hot I was running mine and after having bought an oven thermometer and stuck it on top of the stove (not on the flue), the temperature can get up to 150-200C (300-400F). I have a pump running to circulate the water, but am still slightly nervous about 'kettling' the back boiler.


17 August 2012 - 07:23 PM

There's a bit of a banterette forming in Ely on the weekend of the bank holiday (Saturday/Sunday). BSP, Tree Monkey and Fuzz will be in Ely to hold my hand while I take Hullabaloo out. If anyone else would like to join in.....you're more than welcome.

Batteries and solar panel

11 August 2012 - 09:30 AM

I have 4 leisure (sealed) batteries and a starter battery for the engine. I have a Sunsaver MPPT (Morningstar) controller with a 136W solar panel.However, I am hooked up to a shoreline. Recently, the battery 'state of charge' indicator on the controller (I appreciate it is approximate)has been going from green to amber and then red (indicating empty)overnight and then back up again the following day. This is unusual because all 'summer' it has been on green, permanently. Simultaneously, the counter on the shoreline electricity post seems to be creeping up although there is nothing switched on (e.g. immersion not on, computer only). I'm guessing the first thing to do is check the batteries with a multi-meter and based on this get new batts? Has anyone with the same solar panel/set up had the same issue? The other thing I should say is that I have no idea when the batts were installed. Worse case scenario....2005 when the boat was built! I thought the batts were being drained because I had left a tap running v slowly and the pump was kicking in sporadically. However, this can be ruled out. Maybe just a case of knackered batteries?

Weed Hatch

01 August 2012 - 06:35 PM

My widebeam was built by Fox narrowboats and there is what looks like a weed hatch in the engine bay. However, it has been welded/bolted down so it is impossible to access it from inside the boat. Just wondering if anyone else had come across this?