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Boredrider

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    Wirral, UK

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    Living the dream
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    Eclipse No.2
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    Cruising the cut

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  1. Boredrider

    Gayton to Cambridge and beyond

    Peterborough pump out is open and free to use. Three cabinets on the embankment, that is two pump out and one water. One locked box (the left hand of two) on the wall of the elsan building in the photo, this contains a press button time switch for the pump out. Pump out hoses etc are in average condition, you may need to use you own hose to rinse. If the pump out is not sucking when you've pressed the time switch, then look at the other cabinet and make sure the valve is shut there (DAMHIK!). Mooring all along the same stretch of embankment, but the further you moor from Asda, the quieter it gets. There were many (apparently) long stayers when we were there, together with various tent dwellers in the park - but generally nothing to worry about.
  2. Boredrider

    Gayton to Cambridge and beyond

    Great mooring, but you'll need a brushcutter for the nettles to use the water point!
  3. Boredrider

    Gayton to Cambridge and beyond

    Thanks for the compliment Athy. What a lovely mooring Upwell Staithe is, although a trifle noisy on a Monday morning from the traffic. We are now on the Ouse, not far from Ely.
  4. Boredrider

    Solar panel wiring (series and parallel)

    We have 6 X 100W semi flexible panels, wired in two series strings of three panels paralled into the controller. On the advice of the panel supplier, and the controller supplier I have used a schottky diode in each string to prevent current flowing back into a shaded panel. The diodes sit on heat sinks in the junction box. This setup has performed well over the last three years, but (not being an electronics guru myself!) I often wonder whether the diodes are strictly necessary. On a sunny day, particularly after a bit of random shading as the boat moves along, the heat sinks are hot to the touch - so some energy is being lost. What do the experts on this forum think, and should the OP be considering the use of diodes in his setup?
  5. Boredrider

    pump out adaptor

    Some on board pump out fittings, including ours, have a groove inside for a second "o" ring. This ring can pop out, or wear, and reduce the seal. Its a cheap fix to replace this ring regularly.
  6. Boredrider

    Coventry Canal Basin

    We were there mid April this year. Lots of rubbish in the canal on the way there and back, and our return was delayed a few hours when magnet fishers hooked a hand grenade near Bridge 5. The cafe was shut throughout our stay, with a smashed window boarded up. Mooring was somewhat limited, with Valley cruisers occupying one arm completely. No rubbish disposal available, and the facilities building taken over by "druggies" - according to Valley Cruisers. On the bright side, the City Centre was easily accessed via the footbridge. The Transport Museum was brilliant, and on our second visit (Sunday Morning) local classic car owners were having a meet outside. The shopping was generally good and we felt the diversion was well worth the effort.
  7. Boredrider

    Solar panels not charging batteries

    We have an outback 60 with 600w of panels. It looks to me as if you are not getting much out of your panels, from the figures you quote. You need to check that the panels are completely unshaded and see what you are getting with the sun overhead, i.e. midday. The controller negative out should be wired to the other side of the shunt.
  8. Boredrider

    Magnetic Fishing

    We were stuck in Coventry Basin last weekend, while the bomb squad dealt with a grenade fished out by Bridge 5. Local press suggests this is not the first time that magnet fishers have found such items locally.
  9. Boredrider

    Help - Seized Nut

    Dremel the head off. More control than trying to drill it.
  10. I have got the Kuma kit, and have used it in a motorhome and on the boat. It greatly improves wifi range with an external aerial, and gives you a router, so enables multiple devices to use one connection. So on campsites, or in marinas where you are paying per connection it is worthwhile, but you maybe limited on speed by the provider. Out on the cut it is pretty useless unless you are in a city centre, and can subscribe to a nearby wifi service. As others have said, any "free" wifi is likely to be slow as a slow thing. When cruising, we use a Three Homefi, and an external aerial which is infinitely better, and faster. Mobile broadband is the way to go.
  11. Boredrider

    Electricity problem

    Is there a clue here? The travel power provides an alternative mains source when the engine is running. I would look closely at the "disconnected" leads - could they be shorting?
  12. Yes, indeed, I did sort the problem out, but totally failed to update this thread! The thruster eventually stopped working in one direction, so I removed the motor, and the contactors, and took it to an auto electrician in Tamworth! (Auto Electrical Services Units 14-15 Lagrange, Lichfield Rd In Est, B79 7XD) They stripped it down and found one of the brush assemblies was shorting to the mounting plate. All the necessary parts were freely available (from memory most of it is AC Delco stuff) and they reconditioned at very reasonable cost. (£168). They tested the sender unit for the warning light and found it was OK. Everything has worked fine since I refitted the motor - about twelve months ago.
  13. You put the tails on before dropping them through the hole!
  14. Boredrider

    Producing Hot Water.

    Webasto - on our boat, in the summer, all radiators are turned off and the webasto is on a timer. 30 mins in the morning 0630 to 0700 is enough to heat a calorifier full, for 2Xshowers and washing up etc. Its been set up like this for three years, and doesn't seem to have harmed the Webasto (Thermo top C)!
  15. Boredrider

    Sky TV on board

    Surely you are not considering putting a dish on top of that lovely boat!! SkyGo is the way to go with your 100Gb per month Homefi, to start with anyway.
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