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  1. Have a watch of this, about a student living on a boat. https://www.channel4.com/programmes/my-floating-home/on-demand/69039-002
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. You state that you have a fuse protector, I have no idea what you mean by that. P!ease be aware that some types of breaker/ fuse sold for solar are known to be poor such as the types shown below which can givine a high resistance due to poor contacts. The high resistance vauses voltage drop so the solar controller sees a higher voltage than the batteries actually are at so it backs of the charging current. You need to check the voltage directly at the MPPT output terminals and compare this to the battery voltage. Another cause of this is if your MPPT to battery cables are too long or too thin, you state your cables are 4mm, I hope the MPPT to battery cables are much more then 4mm2 for 50Amp. See a thread a few weeks ago which covered this very topic showing one with high resistance. https://www.canalworld.net/forums/index.php?/topic/115089-solar-controller-over-voltage-cutout-problem/#comment-2791824 Some other advice, the Victron MPPT itself will not be able to deliver more than 50A, it is limited to that, you do not need to fuse it to protect against that. Victron will recommend a 60 or 70Amp fuse (I have a 150/60 MPPT and that is 80Amp fuse), the fuse is to protect the cable in case of a short circuit. I have recorded 630W output from my 680W panels at this time of year around mid day with all panels in clear sunshine when I have had a large load on the inverter so that the batteries were not limiting the amount of current that could be absorbed. But that was a one off.
  5. You state that you will be fitting solar isolators x 3, I assume you mean breakers between the solar panels and the MPPT controllers. Please be aware that some types of breaker/ fuse sold for solar are known to be poor such as the types shown, giving high resistance due to poor contacts. See a thread from last month which covered this very topic showing one with high resistance. https://www.canalworld.net/forums/index.php?/topic/115089-solar-controller-over-voltage-cutout-problem/#comment-2791824 I have a DC MCB (miniature circuit breaker) between my panels and MPPT, Bimble Solar sell these amongst other suppliers.
  6. Flooded badly in the 2015 boxing day floods, lots of work done to it afterwards. From memory the water level would have been half way up the front door / ground floor windows, it was 5 to 6ft above the lockside.
  7. I drilled a hole through mine (top and bottom of the tube) so that I could put the tiller pin through it to keep the rotary drier vertical as the thumb screws would not grip enough to stop it rotating.
  8. If you fill from the hose at the same time as you are emptying then it will slowly dilute any contaminants in the tank as the fresh mixes in, but it could take a long time to dilute it. The fredh will not stay separate from what is already in the tank. Much better to empty the tank, then fill a bit and empty again then try a full refill.
  9. If you prise one of the corners off, turn it through 90 degrees either way and then snap it back in you end up with an unsolvable ( insoluble?) cube. Great for handing to people who could solve them until they twigged it had been fixed.
  10. Now that you mention this, we noticed ants in the boat last month for the first time in 20 years of boating, we were on Western L&L and northern T&M, both wth uncut towpath edges where we moored at times. I think you are on to something and perhaps I should keep some sheers on the boat.
  11. I have always understood that the water that comes in at Marsden is pumped up from Scammonden reservoir which has to be paid for as it is supplied by Yorkshire Water. The CRT reservoir below the summit is Sparth and AFIK that only supplies from lock 28E or thereabouts down.
  12. Last month when they had the one at Appley Bridge not far from Burscough CRT issued a stoppage notice, guess the organisers there let CRT know, but not at Burscough.
  13. As noted on your water tank level gauge thread, we have used the MCS fuel level gauge successfully on 2 boats. https://www.mcsboatproducts.co.uk/our-products/fuel
  14. Second this, we also have the fuel gauge. Had them on the previous boat also, no problems with them.
  15. You have to start learning to conserve water unless you want to fill up regularly. Things like showering, run water till you are wet all over, turn off water, soap yourself then turn the water on to wash soap off. You are no longer connected to mains utilities. You have to consider how much water, electricity, gas, sewage and diesel you are using and how you replenish it. The biggest change is electric, you have to generate all your own power and misunderstanding how to look after and properly recharge batteries is the biggest cause of battery failures, often within months. See the battery charging primer https://www.canalworld.net/forums/index.php?/topic/95003-battery-charging-primer/#comment-2100390
  16. I think you are confusing Watford locks with the town of Watford. Watford locks are in Northhamptonshire, not in Watford and are the first narrow locks if travelling northwards.
  17. I remember Waylon when it was moored in Brighouse Basin for many years as we were there at the same time. We used to chat to the then owner who was no longer able to maintain it or use it. It is good to see that it was bought back into use and good condition. The other converted keel I recall moored at Shepley bridge was Integrity, I remember helping it through the lock there, barely an inch to spare after the fenders were lifted.
  18. One of the key differences between domestic and what is normally fitted is the rating. A narrowboat manages with a 5kW diesel boiler and that can end up short cycling. The smallest domestic appears to be around 10kW so will be well oversized. A second difference is size, the diesel heaters are very compact compared to domestic boilers and space is at a premium.
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  20. Having just spent a few days in Salthouse dock, the most unusual thing for an inland boater was seeing jellyfish swimming around the boat.
  21. Do you have solar panels to keep the security system live for 2 weeks without draining the batteries, preferably 12V powered equipment so you do not need to leave your inverter running. The security if 12V will need powering on its own, not through the masterswitch if you are to turn that off. Are you sure that you will always be able to moor in a spot with good 4G coverage for camera feeds, there are many more rural areas with poor 4G.
  22. Like the 2 boats of all male parties drinking and going flat out south of Anderton yesterday afternoon from the ABC base there.
  23. Still not made your list, or have I made an error here, it is like Tuel Lane on the Rochdale if I recall correctly.
  24. Mine just goes through a midi fuse in a plastic holder.
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