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Sea Dog last won the day on November 14 2020

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    Chartered Engineer, RN (Rtd)
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  2. By the look of that snakes wedding, I'd guess you're doing pretty much everything wrong, and the popping noises and the burning smells seems to back that up! I think your level of knowledge is such that you need a greater degree of help than the written word can provide considering the risks posed by misinterpretation. You need to find someone in your area who can have a look for you. Folk here will often "pop round" in such situations - where are you?
  3. Bloody nimby - a good dose of noxious exhaust fumes and an incessant gentle roar from a nearby malfunctioning engine never spoilt anyone's evening...
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  6. Absolutely no need for apologies Tony, and certainly not abject ones! If the batteries are taken to full charge, the gauge would be right if it was reset to 100% - it's after that it all goes down hill! The algorithm is probably pretty good, but the variables in it cause the issue. I like the BMV, and the % charge can be a handy indicator I suppose, but the key point for most readers to hoist in is not to rely on the % figure for their state of charge assessment, and it'll be worse than useless if they haven't been pretty fussy about the set up. Of course, you're fully aware of all that, but i
  7. Nicely put. Like others, I 'knew' him only from his writings here, but I'd also like to offer my condolences to his family and friends.
  8. Not long ago that was a big potential health threat and would've been headline news. Its all relative I guess, but I wonder how much else has gone under the radar?
  9. Yes, that also ought to be right and, to be honest, I do glance at that myself first thing to check my usage overnight.
  10. Oh dear! I hope you Keep Yourself Alive and don't have a Sheer Heart Attack..!
  11. You can't rely on the calculations the BMV uses battery capacity for (such as % charge) anyway, so a best guess of remaining capacity and take anything but volts and amps with a pinch of salt would be my advice. I tend to use the voltage display whilst discharging and amps display whilst charging. If you aren't already familiar, look up 'resting voltage' to assess your state of charge and 'tail current' to know how to assess when your alternator has fully charged your batteries. For me, with roughly 400Ah now, that's a steady reading a bit less less than 2 amps, rather than the oft quoted 2% o
  12. I take it you mean a "diesel fueled Bubble Stove", as I have a Bubble solid fuel stove which is a perfectly delightful unit and certainly doesn't warrant being described as "most useless".
  13. I wonder if the reason few go into such detail is that tinkering around with the various variables in equations make little difference in the real world and then the shallow water effect comes along and trumps the lot? If narrowboats were long distance or high speed vessels working in deep water things might be different.
  14. Its a miracle it's not gone west!
  15. Or sometimes as a token reference for insurance purposes, followed by inactivity perhaps...?
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