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  1. 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?


    Actually I think the reply on WD40 and taking care answers my concern. As I too was concerned about breaking them off. Thanks!

  2. 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?




  3. 13 hours ago, roland elsdon said:

    Used to be lovely when Acs was in the basin. Now its a sterile dark corridor overshadowed by a huge cheap hotel.

    Sadly, this dies about sum up the town basin. 

    10 hours ago, JohnEW2912 said:

    We spent a few nights in the ACS marina at Circus Fields (for free!). There was a liveaboard in there staying for a week and he was so pleased with the location that he had put his name down for a permanent slot. He thought the £300 a month to be a bargain.


    The marina is on the edge of town rather than miles out and there is now a Lidl right next door.

    Yes. ACS are a nice bunch. Very welcoming and great facilities in the new basin. Hell of a waiting list though….

  4. 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!



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  5. 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.


  6. 5 hours ago, ditchcrawler said:

    I have no idea what their coverage of the canals is like, most people rate 3 or EE

    Yep. Virgin uses EE which is generally rated as having the best 4G coverage. I’ve been using EE for a couple of years now. Though I believe many boaters have taken up the 3 unlimited data deal and are pleased with it. The point for me is that EE don’t currently do unlimited data so that’s why we have gone to Virgin. 


    My Buzzard 2 car WiFi 12v cig lighter device works with both EE and now on the Virgin unlimited deal. Though I’m lucky I wired the boat’s 12v cig sockets above the gunnels next to windows from what Tony has said!


    Other options are available. But as of now only the 2 unlimited data deals. I need unlimited data as we stream all our telly (really could not be ars*d with putting up the aerial pole and retuning unless absolutely necessary).


    Just letting you know what works for us FYI. 


    Cheers, Jak. 

  7. “Most” people aren’t weekly paid anymore so unlikely to spend all their left over cash on lottery tickets every week. I’d go as far as to say I don’t know anyone who does this.  I buy one every couple of months when I fancy being a Millionaire.  Not worked yet ?

  8. 39 minutes ago, magictime said:

    If I won the lottery I might get a new one built, and I might buy a house for the winter and find various other things to spend money on, but I think a narrowboat would still be my number one thing I wouldn't be without.

    And me.  After a couple of years NB ownership I'd love to go over to Crick this year and talk about commissioning a new build.  But the waterways are still ready to be explored in a slightly tatty 1980s 48ft trad. 

  9. Yup, it works well enough for what we need. I originally started the thread to see if there was a rule of thumb for solar (W) to battery’s (ah).  It’s been a very interesting thread, but the answer to my simplistic question seems to be a No. 

  10. 25 minutes ago, Mike the Boilerman said:


    Far cheaper to buy an old boat that's been well looked after, is complete and perfectly usable. What you'll get is something pretty unfashionable aesthetically, but a great start to a boating career. 

    What he said.  From 20k you will be able to find a useable older boat with plenty of scope to improve and make something you can be proud of. Working for us anyway!

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  11. Hmmm.  I need to check where the blue wire goes as I honestly can't remember.  Yes, the black and red wires come from the solar controller and are due to be connected properly (and to either end of the bank) - they are just 'jammed' in to the clamps on the nearest yellow battery.  I'd forgotten I left it like that.... 


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