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blackrose

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  1. No. I wouldn't buy a boat with a pump out loo.
  2. You may have found a loose injector, but before assuming that everything in your bilges is fuel I would check for other leaks too. Could it be that you've had a coolant leak and some diesel is floating on top? Anyway, when you've scooped the majority of it up leave some nappies down there for a few days to absorb the remainder. If you've got an old wet vac that you don't mind making smelly then it makes the job of getting fluid out of the bilges a whole lot easier. I don't think it's hazardous to suck diesel through a wet vac, but others might advise against. Exactly
  3. Put an isolator valve in the pipe to the accumulator. Simple to do and it gives you the option of "switching" the accumulator off or having it on to see which works better. The ability to isolate an accumulator is also useful when trying to identify if you have a leak in the system by listening to the pump activating.
  4. A wet vac is a handy item to have for this job.
  5. For something mid-range you need to decide whether you want to go for open wet lead/acid which can generally be charged at slightly higher voltage (14.8v ignoring desulphation charges) or sealed maintenance-free lead acid (14.4 - 14.6v). I think sealed AGM domestic batteries would probably be out of your price range. Because wet lead/acids can be charged at higher voltages you can get a bit better performance than sealed lead/acid and possibly more longevity, but not if you know you aren't going to periodically top them up and maintain them, in which case go for sealed batteries. Whatever kind you buy, if your charging system charges both the start and the domestic banks at the same voltage then buy the same type of battery for both and make sure that any settings on your charger, solar controller or any external alternator regulator are set to the correct battery type setting.
  6. Yes two forms of heating and a bed. 🤔 But if you're not in a marina you might get away without the bed. Other items like a kitchen sink and a toilet obviously aren't essential depending on whether or not you're in a marina.🥴
  7. Apart from your dilemma about the boat itself, I'm afraid I can't help thinking that this may be another issue for anyone on a limited budget who's contemplating living on a boat. There will always be things to repair on the boat as well as regular maintenance and if you're not hands on or practically inclined and don't know anyone who can help who is, then it will end up costing a lot of money to get people in.
  8. I'm a bit confused. Presumably they've been sitting in that position since the disaster and were always visible at low tide. It's just the drone footage that's new?
  9. Yes it's not really anything to do with the light source itself (LED, halogen, etc) but simply about the tunnel light not being properly aligned. A bright halogen tunnel lamp can be just as blinding if it's pointed straight into your eyes.
  10. Or is that another one of those canal boaters myths, like how steel quality was better in the old days? Surely battery technology and QC in manufacture would only have improved? Assuming we're talking about decent batteries. If we're talking about cheap batteries then I might agree.
  11. Yes, from memory my T1275s were similar
  12. 3mm bulge across the short ends? Are you sure that's just happened and wasn't there originally? 3mm is a pretty small difference to determine by eye or have you actually measured a bulge which wasn't there before? How old are they? I'd send Trojan an email and see what they think. Have a look on their website for contact details. It might save you throwing away good batteries
  13. It's all a bit vague. What sort of heating system(s) does the boat have. A dead alternator and faulty heating system don't make a dud boat. What else is wrong with it? You'll really have to volunteer some more information if you want any help. At the moment your communication skills seem like your biggest impediment.
  14. I'm a bit late to the discussion but what would you like them to do exactly? It's very easy to criticise but what's your idea instead of these posters?
  15. I live aboard but I'm often away for several days at a time or sometimes a couple of weeks. In winter I isolate the water tank, switch off the water pump and open a couple of taps. I leave an electric oil filled radiator on set at 6C on the minimum power setting. If you do this ideally you have one with a thermostat so that it only comes on when the ambient temperature drops. Most of them do have thermostats. I also isolate the gas bottles in the locker. My mains charger stays on. Been doing this for over 15 years without a problem.
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