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  1. Jak

    Fire stick/Wifi

    Yes. I only have Unlimited data / WI-FI and fire sticks now. Never short of telly to watch and no messing about with antennas. Don’t miss that 😆
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    Fire stick/Wifi

    I suppose it depends on what you mean by “small”. This one is 24” and I didn’t think it was too big. https://dealbuyer.com/viewproduct/21190/Sharp_24_Smart_LED_12v24v_TV_with_Freeview_Play_Prime_Netflix_Satellite_Saorview_PVR_1T-C24DH2KG2FM?gclid=CjwKCAjwgr6TBhAGEiwA3aVuISxeQBNGD9Ds2Xv4PPML_J3G8RiFyjv7kBX0T27MGAGNMoD635sfohoCkhgQAvD_BwE
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    Fire stick/Wifi

    Same as Ronnie, but using Virgin mobile for unlimited data. You don’t even need the fire stick if you fork out for a decent 12v smart telly.
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    Solar panel

    I’m a big fan of these guys. https://www.photonicuniverse.com/en/catalog/list/category/folding-solar-kits They have a range of kits and mounting brackets. My panel kit was installed 5 years ago and a small upgrade more recently. Very pleased with the results.
  5. These are exactly the same as my early 80s windows. Never noticed any markings indicating a manufacturer, but I will check.
  6. I did this. Cheap and simple upgrade. Far better than the old ACR. On a 1500 BMC diesel. 75 amps may not sound like much, but it is so much more then the 45 amps from the original!
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  8. There is a lot to comment on here, and I’m no expert. But I’m going to pick on “36ft boat”. If you are going to live on a narrowboat a permanent bedroom is very desirable. I’d also want a dinette as well as a main saloon. You need more like a 45ft+ for that bedroom and more for the dinette. Do you really want to live with a sofa bed, made up every night? I know I would not. Good luck. And do rent a boat if you haven’t. It’s from enjoyment of rental boats that we realised we love the canals and bought one.
  9. I wish I was allowed a gas fridge. We had one on our caravan and it worked well. The previous owner “upgraded” the boat fridge to 12v. I don’t see that as any sort of upgrade as without a leccy fridge we would need very little power. Again did I miss something? Gas fridge on the face of it is a better solution? Why not??
  10. Where did you get your leccy from? Our boat was 12v only to start with, but I still wanted to watch my 12v telly and charge my phone….
  11. Thanks for your advice. Solar was the best upgrade ever but, like everyone says, it’s not great at this time of year. We survived the last few winters so let’s see.
  12. I’ve been wondering about this. With little experience we have probably missed a trick or two. I have 300w solar which is great in the summer and is still bringing in some power now in deepest winter. I fitted an uprated alternator with my new batteries (Only 55amp as it’s an easy replacement on the 1500bmc diesel) to replace the original. Running the engine for a couple of hours a day when needed uses little diesel and provides our hot water. Boat is off grid. I fitted 3 new cheapo leisure batteries 5 years ago and they are still performing well so not managed to knacker them yet. Why would someone need a genny? The noise, security and petrol issues seem to rule them out. thanks. Jak.
  13. I work in implementing complex IT business systems. This does not help in any way whatsoever for looking after an 80s narrowboat. But I want to learn. I’m far too mean to pay someone else. And it feels like cheating. Thanks again.
  14. Thanks all. Great advice. I feel much happier about taking this on. As they are cheap enough, a new set is on its way from EBAY. Hope that I might help you out one day. My field is IT 👍
  15. As I suspect they are very old we might be due a new set too.
  16. Thanks for this. However I am sure I’ve read somewhere it may not be so easy to get the plugs out. It there a risk, or a technique? I’m familiar with removing car spark plugs so if it’s no more difficult than that then. I’m good. Anything else I need to know? Jak. Actually I think the reply on WD40 and taking care answers my concern. As I too was concerned about breaking them off. Thanks!
  17. Hi all. I’ve read a lot of BMC1500 threads, but not really found what I think I need. Its an 80s boat and with the original BMC 1500. It’s a good engine. In that I’ve had her 5 years with no problems. But the motor has become very hard to start in cold weather. Never failed, but I’m cranking for a long time to get it going. Once she is running all is ok. The starter battery is on a mini solar panel FYI - so not flattened it yet. What should I be doing to improve cold weather starting? Was wondering wether it’s worth new glow plugs. What else might I do? thanks! Jak.
  18. Sadly, this dies about sum up the town basin. Yes. ACS are a nice bunch. Very welcoming and great facilities in the new basin. Hell of a waiting list though….
  19. Hi Martyn. I live in Aylesbury, but not on my boat. There are six residential moorings just by the Aylesbury basin. It was re-developed a few years ago and the Aylesbury Canal Society moved to a new Marina called Circus Field a few miles up the arm. We were promised waterside restaurants and bars. The truth is that it’s pretty stark. Big new Waitrose, Premier Inn and buildings for the college. I’d not want to live there. Aylesbury itself is ok. Hope this is of some help!
  20. I got this too. Nowhere near London for more than 5 years. Someone got it wrong for sure!
  21. Very similar to my own early 80s boat. Be sure it’s solid and you know what you are taking on. A survey is a must. It may even save you money in the end as usually any bad points on the survey can be used to negotiate on price. Projects can be fun.
  22. Looks like the previous owner was a bit of a bodger. Time for someone more competent!
  23. Still available, Just ordered it for £5 ?
  24. I don’t mind the smell of Blue TBH. It’s not that strong and gotta be better than sh*t!!
  25. Last week Another boater gave me this as a tip to help stop my mooring silting up. I’d no idea it’s against the license terms (perhaps I should read what I’ve singed!).
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