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  1. As many have noted, leaving diesel with bio-diesel in can result in fuel bug. We had a bad case once, the fuel filters were clogged with a gloopy gel. We now use Marine 16 as has been noted above and keep the tank full. The one thing not mentioned is that bio-diesel has a shelf life and it degrades. I have no idea what the outcome of bio-diesel degradation is, perhaps this is the issue. Could you rig up a temporary fuel supply with fresh diesel and see how the engine runs on that.
  2. Many of us use the brolly mate and have drilled an extra hole through the horizontal tube for the tiller pin. Been using mine like this for years.
  3. Still waiting for an email, I assume there system is dribling them out slowly over the day.
  4. OK, happy to provide some advice if you want it. On your Victron battery monitor can you get to a settings screen like the one below. What values do you have for "charged voltage", "tail current" and "charged detection time" and after you have been boating for 3 to 4 hours what voltage are your batteries at from the alter and what current is flowing into the batteries.
  5. I second Alan's question and add some supposition.I Assuming lead acid batteries. Do you have something like a Victron BMV702 or Smartshunt battery monitor or another manufacturer's. Have the battery full settings of voltage and tail current (SOC synchronises to 100%) been set to match your alternator. The voltage should be 0.1 to 0.2V lower than the alternator voltage. I ask because if set incorrectly, the battery monitor may well not reset to 100% full even if the batteries have been revharged enough. If your generator and 230V battery charger ( or inverter charger) charges at a slightly higher voltage then this could quickly meet the battery monitor reset to 100% even though it did not in effect do much. Your example sounds very much like this.
  6. Yes they can, but narrow boating is mainly done on the cheap, very few boats have built in generators like this. For a some people a generator is an open frame construction site unit with a 2 stroke engine blatting away at 3,000rpm fitted with one of those small pressed steel exhausts. Many have the better suitcase generators which are much quieter.
  7. Aqua Narrowboats, they buy in the shell, will use whoever you want otherwise Colecraft, a good solid shell builder, and then Aqua fit out all the internals, engine, electrics, carpentry, fittings etc. The quality of their joinery is very high, all nicely rounded off corners etc.
  8. I put a small radiator after the calorifier in the cupboard behind our shower to act as a drying cupboard, it worked well, it started warming up after the calorifier was getting hot.
  9. Another thing on the battery charger, it should be the type that goes to float at a lower voltage when left long term, 13.8V or lower. My Victron inverter/charger goes down to 13.2V for long term. 14.4V absorption for 4 hours, then 13.7V float for 24hrs, then 13.2V storage if no further use after the 24 hour float period.
  10. You need to find out what voltage the battery charger gets up to because at 7.2 Amp charger on 330Ah is definitely enough to boil them left on permanently if it does not have voltage regulation or the regulator has failed. To get to fully charged you need perhaps only 1 Amp or less. My 690Ah bank if left charging at 14.4 volts will get down to just belowth 2 Amp. 7.2 Amp is not a trickle charger. If I continued to force 7.2 Amp through mine the voltage would rise and boil them. Check the charger as it may well have failed to work properly.
  11. CAUTION You state that your are using the same panels as Foxes Afloat. They used 120W mia sole CIGS panels. A quick google and I can not find details for 160W panels but I have found info for 110 to 140W and they have a Voc voltage of 37 to 40 V which is above the rating of your inverter. If you truly have the same panels you will burn the solar controller part of the inverter out and you definitely need a stand alone controller. Please please check the Voc specification of your panels to verify this. If it is below 25V, preferably 22V because when cold the voltage is higher and they usually quote Voc at 20 or 25deg then you will be OK, if it is higher than say 22V get a standalone controller.
  12. Qualified for domestic electrics does not equal qualified for boat electrics, there are a whole different set of regs and does / don'ts.
  13. Have a watch of this, about a student living on a boat. https://www.channel4.com/programmes/my-floating-home/on-demand/69039-002
  14. 89cm from the gunnel to the top of the cabin, then the handrails make it 94cm. Note many boats have raised handrails at the corner of the cabin side/ roof but have drainage slots in so that may reduce the available height. In the random photo you selected you can see such a drainage slot in the red handrail just between the two painted panels.
  15. Or when you have a sunny day, turn on a large load if you have one available, if you have an inverter, something to draw 1kW, then the solar should deliver a high current.
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