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DaveR

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About DaveR

  • Birthday 02/25/1952

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Burton upon Trent
  • Interests
    Finding time to be onboard.
    DIY
    The 'Boro'

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  • Occupation
    Master Mariner
  • Boat Name
    Legacy
  • Boat Location
    Shobnall

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  1. Victron 1600/40 inverter charger. I use the countdown timer in the galley We are summer only sailors and so only use the solar set up in good sunny days otherwise it is the engine to supply heat. During this last summer we were away for 6 weeks only after the main lockdown ended. In that time I saved 17 hours of engine charging/heating and so did not burn 20 ltrs of diesel. Save money and the environment - can't be bad.
  2. I have a 1600 watt inverter and have, this summer for the first time since fitting the panels, run the immersion from the solar panels (same output as you have). On a good day the panels gave me 40 amps and the inverter was taking 110 amps to run the boat and immersion. I have 6 x 110Ah batteries on the domestic set up and so I believe that the required 70 amps from 6 batteries acceptable in the short term. I ran the immersion for 30 minutes at a time with at least 1 hour recharge time after that. If all was well I would repeat. For a 50 ltr calorifier I found that 90 minutes of immersion time gave a tank full at 60 degrees C from a start of ambient about 16 deg C
  3. Good day, The control solenoid on Legacy's bow thruster is not well. It is bolted onto the side of the thruster motor. The negative post is sizzling and smoking whilst under load. The blue stuff on the negative post has been removed but operation has not been improved. When operating the direction control from the steering position, the direction part of the solenoid can be heard operating but the motor does not operate. The bow thruster is a BCS 85kgf model from about 2002 and so spares are like hen's teeth and contact to Twin Disc in Italy is not possible in the current circumstances. Question, can I replace the reversing solenoid with a 450A version which are easily available for 12v DC winches. OK it states that they are good for 2,000 operations at 450A but if they are easy to get and to replace - that should last me more than a few years. Something like this : https://temcoindustrial.com/temco-cn0238-winch-relay-450-amp-1qty.html Thank you all. Dave R
  4. Having the calorifier, washer, bed ( and person) & toilet holding tank on one side means you may need movable ballast to keep the boat reasonably upright. On our first boat as had 8 x 56lb weights, on Legacy we use one foot lengths of railway line which we move from side to side as needed. 56lb weights are now stupid prices so a contribution to the local steam railway preservation secured the line which they cut using a disc cutter. Nice & neat & at 30lb per piece they are easy enough to handle.
  5. Being retired and owning your own boat makes exploring the areas around the canal so much easier. Quite often we will use the buses to venture further afield but we learned early on that getting there is one thing - getting back is another. One bus a day resulted in a rather long taxi ride back. Local churches and the village store are often a great place to start the enquiries and the good folk there will happily point you in the right direction.
  6. Morning, Just getting Legacy ready to go out for the first time and I have been cleaning around the hinges on the toilet seat/lid area. Took the hinge pins out (brute force and a large blade screw driver) and did a very good job of cleaning things up. Now is the time to put the hinge pins back again and I am unable to get enough force applied to the pin to push it back into the recess. I am reduced to thinking I may need to drill a hole through both sides of the lid so I can, with inserts, use a clamp to push the pins back. Before doing so can anyone help with a non-destructive way of doing it? Thanks Dave R
  7. I use an old car sat-nav on the boat. It is amazing how the speed changes with the depth of the water in the canal - you can hear it with the engine note. Anyway, who is on a mission on the canals? Just take it easy, charge the batteries and get a tank full of hot water in a couple of hours so you can have a shower after the hiking boots come off having explored the area. Too many people only see the canals and not the wonderful areas around them.
  8. I remember when Wayne Sleep took part in that TV programme about fitness and stamina which had only featured sportsmen. He wiped the floor with them. Way fitter than any of them.
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  10. Same price as the one from Screwfix.
  11. Two feet from the main line at the back of the base unit. I guess I need to add it to the jobs list to upgrade the cabling. Thanks Dave R
  12. This is what I did to reduce the noise. The pump is mounted on a thin paving slab, then covered with a wooden box with some spare sound proofing stuck inside. I got the longest flexible pipes I could get so that the pump & box live under the sink unit with the long pipes allowing the whole thing to be brought out in the open for any maintenance/repair/replacement. The filter, which wouldn't fit in the box is mounted in the suction line closer to the water tank outlet. End result, OK not silent but a lot quieter than it was and certainly easier access than at the back of the sink or under part of the dinette.
  13. DaveR

    Morse Cables

    I believe yes, that is what I have on Legacy. It is just the length that is different. From memory the gear change is 5 feet & throttle is 6 feet, however each boat is different and you need to measure them both for yours.
  14. Buy a window vacuum. Number of times I gave seen a hair drier used to put the condensation back into the air . . . . .
  15. Thank you one and all, some more things to try and test.
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