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Richard10002

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  3. The word troll came to my mind early on when he said he couldn’t afford to spend an hour listening to his fridge to see if it was behaving normally. Having said that, it’s hard to see that someone would spend the time and effort “creating” such a situation for the sole purpose of trolling.
  4. Star Narrowboat Holidays have 50ft Queenie on The Bridgewater. Don't know if/when it's available?
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  6. As a matter of interest, which supermarkets do you use, and is it fairly straightforward? How do they let you know they have arrived in the car park, and does the driver carry the stuff to your boat, or do you have to carry it from the car park. I ask because I have seen some here who have had difficulty getting supermarkets to deliver to them at a marina, or a mooring, so your experience could be helpful.
  7. Are you saying that the marina has a chandlery? If they dont actually sell a multi meter, my guess is that they would be able to obtain one from a supplier, and sell it to you. Definitely worth asking. Where is your marina... as mentioned above, maybe somebody here will be nearby and could help, and maybe we could find somewhere that Amazon etc. will deliver for you to collect?
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  13. I got an email from Amazon the other day telling me about their pick up locations. A whole variety of nearby shops, including the post office. I dont know where you are moored, but it's possible you may not be too far from a pick up location? https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201911190 Yes... but then it wasnt OK, then the marina guy tweaked your charger, then it's been OK. Your batteries may have reached the point where they weren't charged enough to provide the voltage needed by the fridge, and couldn't get the charged to provide it, and now they can get the charge, and can provide the voltage. always a possibility In fairness, if those suggesting the possibility of doom and gloom had had the opportunity to look at your system, they may have ruled out the doom and gloom fairly quickly. Remote diagnosis, with very little info is always going to make some err on the ultra cautious side.
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    Castlefield

    Or Stretford, (mooring rings at The Watch House Cruising Club), or near Stretford Marina, (less easy for a tram), or Trafford Centre, (no idea about trams).
  18. For clarity, did you have an out of the water survey carried out before you bought, or did the seller have a survey from a couple of years ago or so. If so, what did the surveyor say about the play in the steering system? I'm guessing you didn't have a survey, in which case it would be a good idea to have the boat lifted so that you can see and fix the rudder issue, and anything else you might find.... you could black it and fit anodes if they are needed at the same time. It might also be worth getting a survey while out..... I still refer to my survey from a decade ago for information. It is also interesting to see that all of the things that the surveyor suggested were no big deal, but should be monitored, have all needed some kind of attention, or replacement. Next time I'm out of the water I'll be having a survey in order to see where the boat is and what might need looking at either immediately, or in the foreseeable. As has been said, the play might be in the bearing thing at the bottom of the swans neck, just above the deck.... which is easy to get at, but sometimes difficult to take apart and maintain.
  19. Probably sensible, under the circumstances. Having said that, I have had stuff from Amazon delivered to relatives houses, my work office, as well as my home..... so I'd guess you could have stuff delivered to the marina, (but maybe not). I'm surprised the marina doesn't have a little shop/chandlery where you could buy a DC meter. Given that you cant sell the boat in the very short term, it would be worth making the effort to get a meter, as it is one of those things that helps people here to give more specific advice. Something as simple as a voltage at the batteries, or an amp reading from the cables going in and out of the batteries, could rule out all the doom and gloom of the possibility of exploding batteries, and help focus on some other cause. This looks like the one I've had for about 10 years. It's helped me diagnose or rule out a whole load of stuff over the years - it's also handy for use at home and on the car: https://www.amazon.co.uk/UT204A-Digital-Handheld-Multimeter-Voltmeter/dp/B00LSL1PZE/ref=sr_1_27?dchild=1&keywords=uni-t&qid=1632132653&qsid=257-3236854-9792911&sr=8-27&sres=B00O1Q2HOQ%2CB01M0J5DP7%2CB07MVVY1ST%2CB08NDLYLY3%2CB0753FY711%2CB07PRTFFVC%2CB01LZ86T94%2CB01J3GFPV0%2CB07QJXJ4RH%2CB01LXLPWE2%2CB07LGVWKNS%2CB01LZK0IGJ%2CB08FCD7R9P%2CB008US2700%2CB07CLKJX18%2CB0789FN62W%2CB071Y2Y5PL%2CB06XV5B42V%2CB07CCMMCY8%2CB092ZB7678&srpt=ELECTRIC_CIRCUIT_TESTING_DEVICE As a matter of interest, since the mechanic from the marina did his stuff, (inspection and fiddling with the charger), has the fridge been working OK, or has it defrosted again a few times? Whilst I appreciate you dont have an hour to sit and listen to a fridge, have you sensed it "turning on and off", in a way that might suggest the thermostat is doing it's stuff? I think mine hums for about 15 minutes, then is quiet for 15 minutes, and so on, so the timing would be of that kind of order. Rather than assuming your batteries are knackered and about to explode, (which is always a possibility for all of us ), I am leaning towards an issue with the power getting to the fridge.
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  21. Some are jumping to conclusions here.... what evidence is there that the batteries are knackered? A fridge not working isn't really enough, and the fact that "someone from the marina" has taken a look and reassured the OP, to the extent of increasing the battery charging voltage, suggests that they are probably OK. I obviously cant guarantee that, but some people here do seem to jump to the most terrifying of conclusions, based merely on something not working.
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