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  3. I have one of those too. If you place it where mine is, up forward next to the fresh water pump, you'll have a ready source of 12v to the pump. Doesn't really matter if it doesn't work when the pump is electrically isolated at it's master switch, nor if the reading is affected when the pump runs when a tap is opened. With power to the pump and no demand, ie most of the time, the gauge will show your tank level. Easy to calibrate too - never been caught out yet. A similar gauge on the holding tank is a slightly less reliable beast.....! ETA 'less' before reliable - it's an experience I was trying to forget!
  4. Ah, then you're missing the delights of a shower whilst cruising, which also means your hot water is being replenished as you use it and you end your day with a full tank of hot water . As Nick says above, you're safe to leave a Gulper running whilst you soap up so, if your pump makes that gulping sound, enjoy your new found freedom!
  5. Great Canal Journeys conjures up something rather grander and more adventurous for me. No wish at all to knock the programme, which was pleasant enough, but I can't help thinking 'Nice Little Canal Trips' would have been a more appropriate title.
  6. Now that's just plain selfish!...... What about all the others who would've loved to have watched?!
  7. Never, and I'm so confident that I won't that my latest mobile phone is a Sony Xperia - waterproof to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes!
  8. Lots of choices, but I use Elsil Fresh Water Tank Clean as an annual treatment. The litre bottle does about a 200 litres iirc, but I doubt a bit either way is an issue. Based on peroxide I believe, so oxygen is the active ingredient hence non-toxic, no nasties, no taste issues, won't bother the fishes - Google it for the full details. You can save some, maybe most, of the eight quid I splashed out last year by using bleach, milton fluid or something similar as someone will be along to say shortly.
  9. I liked it! Interesting and informative, as I too have a Beta 43. Many thanks.
  10. Mike's right. I went to one broker who claimed they could tell me nothing about the boat, it's history, it's owner, etc, - 'we have so many boats, we can't be expected to' was the excuse. Then they had no paperwork at all, no file on the boat even. until they began to realise they looked so stupid that they went to look - then suddenly there was lots of paperwork after all! Trouble was, it showed the owner was..... them! They'd bought the boat for resale and were passing it off as a brokerage boat (I guess the legal implications are different). Luckily, I had read about their shenanegins (probably on here) before I went to look at this one particular boat (sister to the one I bought elsewhere) so I was forearmed. Naturally, I walked, despite the boat itself. I bought through ABNB (other brokers are available) and had nothing but a positive experience regarding the financial and admin aspects - refundable deposit, proof of ownership, handling of outstanding finance, client account, etc. I also had a sea trial without being committed. I say finance and admin because I think Caveat Emptor still applies when selecting your boat wherever you get it, whoever the broker, surveyor, or whatever. The risks just ratchet up to 11 if you start with a dodgy broker in the mix.
  11. I'm a member of the IWA, and they ought to know a bit about the inland waterways, so I was just about to try and train myself to say 'wind' their way rather than the Royal Navy's. Then I noticed that you had spotted the author's error in his use of 'complement/compliment', which means that I'd be taking the word someone who can't work out when to use 'E's and 'I's in similar sounding words. It rather undermines his authority on the weighting of the 'i' in the pronunciation of wind, doesn't it. He could still be right though....!
  12. Are you also bringing your cat across and having it adapted to be a dog? I'll get my coat.....
  13. Tony, you have quite a few answers from a number of different folks, but none appear to be the one you want. Might I suggest you try asking someone best equipped to tell you what you need to hear - other surveyors. There are lots of them, but you only have the thoughts of one and you aren't convinced. It shouldn't be hard to ring round and gain a consensus or a view you trust. If you don't find a surveyor who gives you an answer you trust, you haven't found someone you should be paying to do a survey for you. One thing appears to be a given: whether it gets power-washed, just bared for small 'tickets' or is unmarked by the surveyor, and whether you choose to buy it, someone else does or the owner keeps it, it needs blacking. That's got to be a key feature in your negotiation from the get-go. Hope that helps.
  14. Thanks for these enlightenments guys! It's been my experience that well meaning folks in shops don't necessarily have a full grasp on their products, so I'm now even more optimistic that my One Plan might continue unaltered when I reach the end of year 1. Fingers crossed!
  15. In the Royal Navy, when a ship is turned around such that it becomes, say, port side to the jetty rather than starboard, this is known as 'winding ship'. A helluva lot of the english language has it's roots in naval terms and the term for turning a boat would seem to be a very likely candidate. Whether winding as applied to a canal boat comes from the same term used for centuries by the Royal Navy I can't swear since I only served for 35 years, but it wouldn't be beyond the realms of possibility. In the RN, such 'winding' is said as 'winding a clock' so, still recovering from being thoroughly institutionalised, I say it the navy way. If you were to say it different I wouldn't be the one to correct you, and if someone told me otherwise it wouldn't take the wind out of my sails! Say it how it you like: whether you're right or wrong, it's much more important to be able to do it right. Happy wyndings!
  16. Martyn, You may already be aware but, if your signal is poor at home, they can provide a 'free' 3 signal box which plugs into your router. I say 'free' because I had to move from a monthly contract to an annual one to qualify and the prices had gone up so it cost me a fiver more. It solved my whole family's problems though.
  17. Although we don't live aboard we use our boat for at least a week every month of the year, so fully winterising everything is a bit of an imposition when you're gonna be back in a week or two and have to undo it all again. Last winter (my first, so I'm not trying to be a know all), I ran the water until the fresh water tank was empty, drained all taps/shower and left them open, turned the fresh water pump off once it had run to empty and and isolated the tank at the first the valve. That was that for the fresh water system - I figured that the calorifier was itself really well insulated and was sited in a very sheltered, well insulated space, hence what water was left in there was probably ok with just the taps open. This worked fine last winter and I was planning to do the same this winter, with the possible exception of just making sure that the fresh water tank level was low (thus allowing room for expansion due to any icing) rather than completely.empty. Not trying to steal the OP's thread here, just to add or discount his possible options. Was I taking a little too much risk last winter or do other frequent visitors to their boats do something similar?
  18. I'm on an annual One Plan from 3 and my wife has just taken up a cheaper 3 tariff. Whilst arranging that last week, the guy in the shop told me that my One Plan would be revised when it came up for renewal with a 4Gb tethering limit being imposed. This is apparently because a very small number of users are kicking the ass out of the unlimited tethering. One wouldn't think it difficult to identify the excessive users and introduce a fair usage compromise for them rather than the rest of us having to suffer, but that's not unique to 3, is it. As for 0800 numbers, etc, they are included in their new plans, but are not included in older One Plans such as mine. If I read Martyn above right, there's a glimmer of hope it won't affect the annual contract, but otherwise it looks like we won't be having older One Plans soon. Older One Plans also included a £5 discount iirc, so a so I'm expecting that also means we'll be paying more for the occasional 0800 call and a teathering cap. Oh well, it was good while it lasted!
  19. A. Eberspacher B. Yes C. Sometimes D. I do! (Pump ticking) E. Not me! (Tell me to go buy this) I have an Eberspacher D4W. At one point last winter we shared a pontoon with a another boat by the same builder, built to the same (or a very similar) spec. As it also sounded identical to mine, I presume he has the the same Eberspacher fitted. Never did meet the owner, but his heating was left on a timer and flashed up regularly morning and night. Outside the boat it was easily noticeable, but when I was inside mine, it wasn't intrusive at all. That said, I wouldn't use mine at even mildly unsociable hours if I was very close to someone else, be they in a boat or a canalside house/flat, but that goes for my (pretty quiet) engine too. The Eber sounds like a small jet engine inside the engine space, even with a silencer, but its a constant background noise in the bedroom and not really noticeable further forward. By far the most intrusive sound is the rythmic metalic 'clonking' of the pump, which you say you're not bothered about - this is the one thing I certainly would like to quieten! Another poster said that the '10 mins on, 15 mins off ' cycle of his 5kw model was the disruptive thing. I don't have this issue with the 4kw mode, which has to work harder to supply my CH/HW system, . I don't have the knowledge to recommend one system over another, but it appears to me that the myriad of Eberspacher (maybe also Webasto?) tales of woe here and elsewhere originate from poor installs and unsuitable fuel, but also from having a heater which doesn't have to work as hard as these things need to if they are to avoid coking up. A good install, low sulphur fuel and a heater working at the higher end of it's capacity, which is what I appear to have, seems to be lots less troublesome and mine's never missed a beat - but I hope that doesn't tempt fate! I use it at max chat (room thermostat set to Max to keep it under demand) mainly using the 1 hour demand button so it times out before it has much of a cycling issue, or else I turn it off manually once the boat is warm, thus avoiiding short cycling, but I always leave it long enough to have reached full temperature and perfomed it's run-downcycle.. Any other use it gets is in similar short duration / high demand bursts. In practice, by the time it's done an hour first thing on a winter's morning we have hot water, the boat's toasty and the solid fuel stove is back up to speed and glowing. Used in this way, the Eber does the job well enough and I'd suspect other manufacturers' models would too. My point is: make sure that what you do chose is properly matched to your actual needs. By that I mean don't over-specify in terms of output whichever brand of this kind of wet heater you fit, and reconsider whether 24 hour operation is really what you need. I doubt there's too many experienced narrowboaters who would recommend a diesel boiler running 24 hours a day as the optimum boat heating solution, although I'd be happy to learn differently and the choice is yours anyway. Sorry not to have been able to give you the 'go here, buy this' answer you seek - I doubt you'll get that, but maybe someone really brave will be along soon! Best wishes!
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