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StationMaster

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  1. The rescue service do not want to make that call. For many good reasons in my opinion.
  2. Who decides... That is one of the primary reasons for not charging.
  3. Of coarse they do, but that doesn't transfer to charging for rescue. Which was the point I tried to make.
  4. Not sure of other volunteer 'rescue' services but MRT (E&W) are still very much against charging for their service (either personally or by Gov support).
  5. I'm going to add to the disagreement on this... I already run something of a hybrid system - laptop, phone, radio, tv, mp4 player + speakers are all run from their own internal batteries (charged during the time it takes to charge the lead acid batteries) thus reducing the draw on the LA batteries making sure they don't ever get too depleted on a given day.
  6. I pretty much now agree with this plus the rest of your post. was worth (for me) asking the question though
  7. Your point was relevant. However if I reduced drain on the LAs to 5% per day then charge time would be reduced - IF I found a simple solution to running the fridge and freezer with built in protection that would charge quick enough and could be simply wired in by a 2 or 3 way switch then this would feasibly reduce chardging time significantly. However I don't think there is that solution available yet. I didn't think there was a tv that would run for 10 hrs on a 2 hour charge until someone here mentioned it - perhaps in the future a fridge that runs for 24hrs on a 1 hour charge to it's own internal battery will be possible. Incidentally a sunny winters day does make a difference to how well the batteries are charged so solar is not completely useless in the winter ?
  8. This was the bit I wasn't sure about, I'm aware of needing to charge the domestic bank fully but was thinking that by reducing the amps taken out of the domestic bank I could reduce the charging time - this is probably correct but not enough (using my solution) to make it worthwhile. I'll wait a few more years to see how battery technology improves before making any decision... putting in all the safety kit is beyond my level of expertise.
  9. Thanks. What I was actually considering was charging a specific 'battery bank' that would charge quickly from 240v and could be wired in to power a specific bit of equipment for most/all of the rest of the day when I wouldn't be charging via engine/generator thus reducing the daily load on the domestic bank. Something like this https://www.amazon.co.uk/Goal-Zero-Yeti-Universal-Power/dp/B00EVV24LM/ref=lp_10256628031_1_10?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1578175040&sr=1-10 although that one wouldn't suit as takes too long to charge. Probably a silly idea but always worth an ask.
  10. OK after some views on a concept - please try to focus on the concept rather than give me loads of detailed advice - the detailed advice can come later if the concept appears to be worth considering. Background - live aboard narrowboat, fairly standard modern set up, long term mooring without hookup. Mainly looking at winter charging as solar provides much in the summer. Radio, TV, Laptop + various sundries are all charged via either running the engine (via a 3kw travelpower or 1.6 inverter) or a 2.2kw generator - both the TP and Gen will also charge the standard domestic batteries and run the washing machine all at the same time. This means I hardly ever have to turn the inverter on during day by day operation unless the engine is running. This leads me to think that when the washing machine isn't running and the engine/generator is running, lots of power is being wasted. Was thinking maybe I could store this power in a Lifepo/lithium type of battery connected to the 240v and say connected via a switch to run the freezer or fridge which run on 12v. I don't want to convert the whole boats battery system and charging system until prices come down for people who would need others to take on that level of work. Does any of the concept make any sense (not sure I've explained myself well) - would using a 'modern' battery to provide leccy to fridge/freezer reduce the load on the lead acid batteries and result in reduced engine or generator running time? eta - the radio, tv and sundries all have there own internal batteries that last well above my use and don't need charging outwith domestic battery charging times.
  11. I've taken a couple/few bottles of wine back when they have been corked (back over the years when corks were the norm) - I'm certain they were not in a resell-able condition.
  12. Both Sainsburys and Tesco do returns on alcohol (with conditions) - both have been very helpful when organising a couple of funeral wakes when you are really not sure how many will be there or want an alcoholic drink. eta - plus they do very reasonable glass hire.
  13. I use https://www.waterwayroutes.co.uk/wr/maps.html the Memory Map version (but PDFs also available) for fairly detailed route planning + google maps sat view. Google for pubs and shops. This is then transferred to a post it note over a coffee in the morning just containing the bare essentials such as 3 locks, turn left after bridge X, moorings after next lock etc. Backed up with a Nicholsons guide provided that hasn't got too soggy or blown away in the wind ? Also use a variety of sources to look at the 'heritage' of the area I'm passing through - mainly found by google searches.
  14. I don't drink water so can't take part in the poll ?
  15. Lock open, no restrictions. I'm a happy man ☺️
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