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  1. Do you have enough diesel? The Webasto diesel pickup should normally be at a higher level than the engine. The first (and only time) I had this I spent ages trying multiple starts with little clouds of white smoke each time. Eventually dipped the tank and realised the cause.
  2. It's the water that is dangerous https://www.fishersci.com/shop/msdsproxy?storeId=10652&productName=23751628
  3. And I'd not worry about drinking a pint of water from a tank treated with Vactan.
  4. The LD50 of tannic acid is 5g/kg so for a average 88kg male they would have to drink 440g of tannic acid to kill them. I would hazard a guess that Vactan is nowhere near 100% tannic acid.
  5. A case of try it and see then. Subscriptions to the commercial mail/address companies can always be cancelled if not successful.
  6. There are a few commercial companies that provide addresses and mail services. Boatmail and Shiptoshore spring to mind. However I do not know how the banks would deal with the answer to the request they make for two years address history.
  7. If it's any comfort mine is the same. Charged by the engine battery alternator, originally through a diode splitter which has now been replaced with a Cytrix Voltage Sensitive Relay.
  8. The trouble is that I now almost exclusively use the free phone minutes on the router. My mobile is on PAYG with auto top up every three months, I now have a fortune in unused credits on the mobile.
  9. You will have to move to another bridge after 14 days
  10. And it works well with a domestic corded phone. I have yet to try a DECT phone on it but I would guess it would work. The disadvantages - dialing out takes a little longer, probably about 10 - 15 seconds before connecting. This is I believe the router switching to "voice" mode. Texts are received using the Huawei router web setup page so you have to log into this to see your texts (no notifications). Otherwise everything is the same as having a mobile phone with the added benefit that in poor reception areas you do not have to go outside the boat and wander round the towpath to make a phone c
  11. Not sure, I use a corded phone. The only way I guess is to try it, Cheap cordless phone and RJ11 to BT adaptor should be achievable for less than £20. It may be a Three only thing as I believe that they use the 4G signal for voice as well as data. We obviously need a telecommunications expert to give us chapter and verse. I only found out because the original three router supplied with their original homefi plan said voice calls could not be made through the RJ11 socket, which made me think it had been disabled by Three and that if I purchased a non Three router and a cheap
  12. Yes, they only disable voice call functionality on their homefi devices
  13. 12 volts, I use a Cello (TV) 12 volt stabiliser (regulator) to power all 12 volt electronics & IT equipment to avoid voltage spikes and to ensure no high voltages from the charging system reach the equipment. It's available on Amazon/Ebay for about £9
  14. Yes Works perfectly. If you get a Huawei 4G router NOT supplied by Three you can connect a domestic phone using a BT to RJ11 adaptor and make use of the unlimited calls, texts can be made and received via the routers set up webpage. I use the Huawei B525. Three knobble the Huawei B311 router they supply with the Homefi package so that you cannot connect a homephone to it.
  15. Try Boatmail.co.uk You get an address in Gloucester and they forward mail to any address you want including local post offices (poste restante) or scan and email. The address is acceptable for driving licence, dwp, banks etc.
  16. Thanks for the responses so far. Both multiplug cleaned and connections remade, no difference Ignition switch sprayed with WD40, suggestion from Beta Marine technical support. Beta Marine technical support also sent annotated wiring diagrams for the affected area. I traced all the relevant wires and mine differ from those sent by Beta. I composed a long email with all the results to Beta together with photo's. Gmail in its infinite wisdom screwed it up, didn't send it and then lost it forever. Couldn't redo the email today as was travelling. Having moved on the boat as a li
  17. When not under heavy external load it charges at around 14.6 volts, however it still looks like I need to get the alternator checked. I was hoping that there was a relatively simple check I could do with a multimeter to isolate if there was a problem. The switch connection possibility came from Beta Marine technical services, however I can see flaws in the hypothesis.
  18. Unfortunately I do not have any method of checking the charging current or output other than observing that when the missus is using high current mains appliances with the engine running (hair dryer, microwave, iron) the engine responds to the extra loading and the measured battery voltage is above the full battery rest voltage running between 13.0 to 13.5 volts. Indicating perhaps that the alternator is providing a significant part of the power demand.
  19. Are there any simple multimeter voltage/resistance checks that could verify this. I have a basic multimeter. Would the frequency of buzzing vary with engine revs? Am I likely to be damaging the batteries by continuing to run in this potential condition? Another possibility that has been proposed to me is that the feed from the ignition switch is intermittent/not sufficient to hold power to the coil and collapses / remakes the connection I.e. dodgy ignition switch contact.
  20. Curiosity got the better of me and I disconnected/reconnected the multiplug behind the panel about half a dozen times. No change and still buzzing. The relay that is; not me. Don't fancy going down the engine "ole" at the moment so will try the engine ole multiplug tomorrow, thanks for the suggestion.
  21. Thanks, will try this tomorrow as it is getting dark now. Will report back if it is successful.
  22. The 12 volt 40 amp relay behind the control panel is buzzing. It only occurs with the engine running It does not occur with the engine switched on but not running It does not occur with the engine switched off The engine is a Beta 43, 2006 vintage The control panel is the Beta "C" with tachometer, oil pressure gauge, volt meter, water temperature, green power on light, red warning lights for oil pressure, engine alternator, domestic alternator. And warning buzzer. The control panel shows all lights before engine startup and all red warning lights go out aft
  23. There are nearly 4 million children under 4, that would be a lot of soiled nappies in the general waste. There are 35,000 boaters licences issued by CRT, the majority have pump outs or cassettes. I can't imagine that compost toilet waste that is binned poses a significant issue in the overall scheme of things.
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