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Everything posted by Richard10002

  1. IIRC, a reef knot is for joining two pieces of rope of equal thickness, and a sheet bend two pieces of unequal thickness. I have been sailing and canal boating for the best part of 50 years, and I probably only know 6 or 7 knots, and one of them always suits the situation. I would add a sheet bend and a bowline to your armoury. A bowline has more uses that I can imagine.... you will know when it suits.
  2. Looks to me like you're getting the same as everyone else, but you have slimmed down the number of forums that you get stuff from?
  3. Aha! so it's OK to be where it is, but it should be in a consumer unit type thing?
  4. What is wrong with it? (Genuinely interested as I dont know)
  5. No experience, but I wonder why no more than 2 can be connected in series? "Can be connected in series (up to 2)"
  6. When you say "you", who on earth are you talking about? I agree that it is unlikely to be an every day occurrence. I probably disconnect mine between 2 and 4 times a month, although I haven't kept an actual record. There will be some who never disconnect, some who do it as little as you, and some who do it more than me. We are talking about a piddling little switch.... the world is full of them and, mostly, they make life easier, rather than more complicated. Like you say.... there are no rules..... although you seem to want to encourage people to do as you do
  7. I often turn off the panels when leaving the boat for a day or more, so as not to overcharge the batteries ..... particularly if it is going to be sunny. It's not complicated - in my case, it's a 50A/50V breaker switch. 2 x 245W panels in parallel. It would be a real pain in the neck to keep removing and refitting a wire to the MPPT, and probably not good for the wire either.
  8. Not until now. It wont/can't do what it advertises so, even if you are committed to a turbine, ( despite the good advice given here), don't buy this one. Get a Rutland which is a well known make, and where its capabilities are known. Hard to understand your resistance to solar. Lots of boats have solar, and very few have turbines.... a fact that tells its own story?
  9. What do you co that requires working 2100 to 0700? I'm genuinely interested as I am a bit of a night owl and it would be good to be able to earn while awake in the night. As a matter of interest, what time do you turn your Webasto on? Given that you are at 12.2v at 0700, and it is coldest long before that, you could time it so the batteries still have enough voltage to cope?
  10. Given all thats been said, for the sake of a thousand pounds, why not have a survey. If you decide not to buy the boat after survey, it will have been money well spent. If you decide to buy the boat after survey, it will have been money well spent. Either way, you end up either winning, or not losing.
  11. It's hard to know what to suggest. The surveyor uses a word, but doesnt back it up with information. It looks to me like he has a bee in his bonnet about electrolysis, and feels the need to mention it, even if any damage is minimal, or non existent. Easy for me to say as you are the one who has to sleep comfortably, having bought the boat. I'm not sure what an electrical engineer can tell you that a simple test with a meter couldn't. I suppose, if I was going to suggest anything, I could suggest that you commission your own survey, perhaps explaining your concerns regarding the sellers survey.
  12. I believe it is the sellers survey, so I dont think the surveyor would entertain queries etc. from a potential buyer..... having said that, it wouldnt be the survey that the OPs insurers would see.
  13. "an electrolysis issue" ??? Given that "the survey showed little to no pitting, corrosion", can you quote the part of the survey which shows what investigation found the electrolysis issue, and how it manifested itself?
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  16. I use a breaker between panels and controller, which also acts as a switch. In fact I have a few similar breakers enabling me to cut the power to/from a couple of other things. There is no way I would be pissing about covering panels or disconnecting MC4 connectors, when I can flick a handy switch.
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  19. I would expect that Alan* will have tested the number/s he has provided, and will confirm that he has had no problems contacting them on several occasions. If not, he has no idea whether these arbitrary numbers he finds and posts, are of any use whatsoever. * de Enfield
  20. I bought 4 x 135Ah Valence batteries, which seemed to be readily available in 2019. I might like one or two more, but haven't seen any for sake for a while.
  21. IIRC from my Helmsmans Course, that works best on a shallow canal. When I have tried it on The Bridgewater, it doesnt have the same effect. In reality, I usually give the bow a good push, then the stern a gentle push, then go ahead, either with the tiller central, or a bit away from the bank, dependant upon where the bow ends up pointing.
  22. They actually offer a boat lifting service: http://lmbs.co.uk/boat-lifting-and-transport/
  23. Surely, if you want to get the stern out, you push the tiller away from the bank and engage forward gear. It works just like a bowthruster at the stern.
  24. Hull isnt the problem. It had a survey in July in Hull. The problem is that the agents are saying a buyer can't have another survey because it has got one
  25. All of this ^^^^^^ Assuming the seller is available, (at a viewing, if not by special arrangement), then they should know how things went when they bought it.
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