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  1. hi all,now we are back in the marina for the winter months,and the boat will be left empty for long periods should i leave the shore line plugged in or disconnect it,we have a galvanic isolator and Solar power.our mooring is in a row of finger moorings with about ten narrowboats on it,all on power hook up,any advice please,many thanks
  2. hi guy,we are looking to buy a new sofa for the nb but are struggling to find one that is comfortable,has anyone got any recommendations for us,many thanks
  3. hi all,can anyone tell me if the five year rule still applies (being able to sell a boat without an RCD after five years)are there new regulations come in since 2017? many thanks
  4. hi all,a friend of mine is going to sell her 2018 widebeam, she fitted it out herself and is a live aboard,after having a word with the local broker she was told that before it can be sold it would have to be inspected and have an RCD certificate and the price of this is nearly three grand,does this sound right? many thanks
  5. Hi all,thanks to all the great advice I received from my last post I realise I need to,among ather things, replace my batteries that are not holding there charge,I've seen 130amp batteries on ebay for 70 odd quid,has anyone had any experience with these cheap batteries or is it false economy,any recommendations please,many thanks
  6. What do you recommend I should replace the diode with,tia
  7. No the alternator feeds straight to the relay then is distributed from there
  8. I would like to everyone for there response to my thread, I can add that I took a reading with my multimeter from the alternator and it was producing 14.6v,then a reading from the split charge relay and it showed only 13.6v,and also 13.6 at the batteries,
  9. Hi all,my alternator is the lucas 127, 75 amp on a v belt configuration, but it is only putting out 13.4 volts,witch is not charging the batteries much,I have two leisure one starter, is there anyway I can beef up my charging rate two hours tv of an evening and the batteries are flat,I also have 300watts of solar,many thanks
  10. Hi all,can anyone tell me if my current alternator (75 amp)would be capable of charging 4 leasure and a starter battery,many thanks. I'm looking at upgrading for the new season next year and don't no weather to go with three or four 130 amp with a smart meter,at the moment I have two leasure and a starter,led acid,I don't want to add to them I want to replace all with new ones,
  11. hi all,i have a epever n series mppt controller on my nb coupled to a 200 watt solar panel,the led screen is showing 100% charge,batteries full, but the watts are only showing between 40 and 50 watts from the panel, is this normal ? many thanks
  12. hi all, i have added another solar panel to my existing panel, and before they are connected to the mppt controller i`ve run them through an isolating fuse box ,which is fine , when i get back to my home mooring and plug into the landline my vitron battery charger come manager takes over the charging and managing the battery bank,so my question is should i turn off my solar panels at the isolating switch and let the victron do its job alone when on landline?many thanks
  13. Hi all,has anyone got any recommendations for a radio on board a narrow boat, I,m looking to see if there are any radio,s with a plug in external aerial so it can be mounted outside for better reception, many thanks,sorry I should of said the radio is for music like,radio 2,gold,smooth, that sort of thing,at the moment I have to put inverter on then the wi fi then a tablet then a Bluetooth speaker a right faff, TIA
  14. hi all,has anyone got any experience with reflex diesel heater by lockgate stoves,i`ve just installed one and yet to get it to light,has anyone got some lighting tips for me please,many thanks
  15. hi all,i`m looking at fitting a reflek diesel heater in my 57ft nb,and just wondering what KW power i would need, i`ve got the chance of a 1.6kw at the right money but not sure its man enough !, i would appreciate your thoughts,many thanks,
  16. hi guys,i`ll be blacking the nb this year and i`m just looking at some bitcho,i`ve come across black jack seems a good price and i was wondering if anyone has used it or could recommend an alternative,many thanks
  17. should i connect in series or parallel ? should i connect them in series or parallel ?
  18. i`ve just looked at my new panel and the spec is this,, nominal voltage 17.8, voc 21.6v, maximum power current 11.2amp, short circuit current 21.1amp.
  19. many thanks,i`ll have a look at the existing one on the boat when i can get down after lockdown,cheers
  20. thanks everyone for well explained answers,i think the best for me is to keep them separate,it just means i`ll have two controllers one per panel.
  21. i`m not entirely sure what you mean,i just thought they were 12v !!!
  22. hi guys,i hope everyone ok, i`ve just bought a new solar panel 200w, with a 30amp mppt controller,i do have an existing 100w panel going to a separate controller my question is will i be ok to get rid of my existing controller and run both panels through the new mppt controller making things a bit simpler,thanks in advance
  23. hi guys l,hope everyone is safe and well,we are hoping to get away for a few months later in the year and are sorting a few things now,on board we have a little twin tub washing machine and are looking for a low temperature wash powder to use,is there any recommendations out there,many thanks in advance
  24. hi hudds lad,what i`m trying to do is get a signal to my ee dongle in the boat,i can take the sim card out the dongle and upgrade if needs be,cheers
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