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Shangela

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  1. Morning all, Just to update you how it worked out. Had a look myself, but really wasn’t confident so left it. Managed to get an excellent local boat electrician to come out this morning at short notice. Few things he found - the cable hadn’t been crimped with the proper tool, so that’s why it fried. There was also a loose connection that he fixed and the charger was hooked up to the middle battery in the sequence which was unbalancing the draw so he swapped that too. He changed it to a much more resilient fuse box holder too. Thanks again for all your help. Have lovely Sundays all!
  2. Thanks for the advice on stripping back the wires for now. I’m thinking of giving it a go - anything I need to avoid so as not to mess it up completely? Just looked to see whether a new fuse would hold it until tomorrow when I’m getting a replacement holder - but it looks totally melted and think this will be riskier.
  3. I’m West London. I’m currently waiting to hear back from a boat electrician I’ve used a couple of times, and he’s pretty fair at telling me when it’s a fix I can do myself. I never considered it could have overheated in there. Seems much more sensible to have it outside the box. Will have a search around for a decent solution. Thank you all so much for all your helpful input and suggestions. It’s so easy to get frustrated with trying to work out what boat quirk has gone wrong this time, and it’s reassuring to know the community’s knowledge is on here!
  4. Amazing detective work from all concerned. Opened up the fuse holder and it’s a mess. Looks to be snapped and fried. No idea as to why it would burn out, but had a lot of problems on this boat from previous owner not maintaining stuff/using wrong materials! looking like the whole thing needs to be replaced, any ideas? The meter was new yesterday and hasn’t worked out of the pack - angry letter to Rolson ahead!
  5. Thanks again for all your helpful tips. Still getting absolutely no response from the meter. Maybe that’s broke too. Just tried it on an AA battery and nothing either. It’s this one:
  6. Okay, I’m trying to test at the terminals and getting nothing from the meter. Where on the terminals should I be poking to test it?
  7. Thanks all for your suggestions. I’ve tried to have a look, but the darkness isn’t helping! Starting to suspect it’s the charger - Volts are at 13.6, Amps at 0.1 and Charger Output is showing 0%. The Pro Charge U manual I have might as well be written in ancient Latin for all the sense it makes! It’s cutrently on Float charger mode. Does anyone have experience with these? thanks again.
  8. Thanks both for replying. I have turned the isolator on and off a couple of times this morning. The battery charger is on and seems to be working as usual. There is some charge coming through still, presuming it’s just reduced. Will get a meter tonight and check the batteries properly in the morning and will report back! Sounding like there’s a connection issue at the battery somewhere.
  9. Hello all, Sorry if these are stupid questions, but I don't know where to start with this! I've just returned from three weeks away. I'm constantly on shoreline power in my marina. The 240v stuff is working fine, so the shoreline cable etc is all good. The problem I'm having is the stuff ran on 12v off the battery (charged via shoreline with a Sterling Pro Charge) seems to be struggling. The lights are flickering when the toilet pump is on, the water pump is making an awful noise and the fridge won't get cool enough. Is this likely to be a dead battery issue or an issue with the battery charger? Don't know what I should be looking at. Any help is gratefully received :) Many thanks, Alexis
  10. Shangela

    Bilge Access on Liverpool Boat

    Thanks for all your replies. There aren't any rear steps as I think they have been removed to build a bed at the back across the engine room access. Never thought to look under there, so will have an investigation tonight! Fear it may be a case of drilling a hole myself if not. Got the plumber coming today so hopefully he can identify if the water pump or calorifier is causing the front leak and not a bigger problem of a leaky water tank. Will check the bilge nonetheless. Cheers all!
  11. Hello all, I've currently got a leak in the front bulkhead area of my narrowboat. I think it's coming from a leaky water pump or calorifier and the plumber is coming to sort these this week. I'm bailing out about a bucket of water a day, so it's okay for now. However, I'm thinking I should check the bilge to see if any water has got down there and it indicates a bigger problem. The problem is, I can't see anywhere to access the bilge on my boat. It's a 1988 Liverpool Narrowboat, 43ft. The survey mentioned there was engine room access to the bilge, but wondering if the cabin bilge is separate. Is it a case of ripping up a floor board? Judging by the way the water tank hatch was painted shut, I think the previous owners may have put laminate over any access points. Thanks in advance! Shang
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