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A Mystery!!!

22 October 2007 - 03:22 PM

Whilst chugging up and down the Paddington Arm of the GU yesterday I spotted lots of coconuts floating in the water. Not all in one place, but dotted around singularly for a few miles. My son, who commutes between Northolt and Paddington by NB every week says he sees them constantly.
Any clues anyone?

How does a 240v system work re normal domestic appliances

13 June 2007 - 06:16 PM

Hi Everyone,
If I could pick your brains once more it would be really helpful. I've learnt such a lot on this site... its brilliant.

I have just put an offer on a 2001 NB and things are currently looking good. However, I will have to re-jig the electrics and will probably pay a pro to do this job BUT... here is my situation:

The boat will be on a residential mooring with a 32 amps shoreline. The existing system is 12v with a 600w inverter and I want to upgrade this to a 240v/12v system with at least a 2.5kw pure sinewaive inverter. Ideally, I would like to run a domestic 240v fridge, separate 240v counter-top freezer, small size 240v washing machine plus all the other bits and bobs like laptops, TV, lighting, possible a cooker hood/extractor etc.

The boat will be used as a liveaboard most of the time but I need the option to up-spikes and chug away for a few days/weeks when the fancy takes me.


do the 240v appliances run direct off the land line when I am in the marina.
will these appliances run off the inverter when I am cruising
will the diesel engine charge the batts?
Will the system switch over to inverter/12v batts automatically?

Is it possible to fit this system about 1K or am I being too optimistic?

Or to put it simply... how will this concept work? I know I am using a pro electrician but I need to be able to ask the right questions and not be bamboozled.



Hull Thicknesses?

05 June 2007 - 02:11 PM

Hi Everyone,
Not quite sure where to put this post but here goes:

I am currently looking to purchase a 2nd hand NB and have been researching things for nearly five months now [a lot of valuable info picked up on this site too!]. I looked at a good 70 footer last Sunday and it ticked all the boxes except the hull was 8mm thick. Does anyone have any views/opinions on this. I was wondering, for example if there is a 'stigma' which will cause me a problem when I come to re-sell in about four years time and if coating it with epoxy resin instead of normal blacking would help off-set this. Any thoughts would be very much appreciated.

Best wishes

broadband on the move?

29 May 2007 - 07:07 PM

Hi Everyone,

can anyone recommend an internet service provider that provides broadband through wireless, wifi, radio-hotspot thingymajigs please?


different kinds of berth?

29 May 2007 - 06:07 PM

Hi Everyone,

can anyone define what a cruising berth and a permanent/long term berth is please?