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vanboosh

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  1. So from all the replies (thanks everyone!), it looks like we will be going the Oxford route!
  2. We've got a 'big' cruise from Droitwich to Surbiton coming up and Canalplan suggests we take the GU, but if I adjust it so it goes down the Oxford, it takes more or less the same amount of time. Any advantage/disadvantage for picking one over the other?
  3. This is great info, thanks Alan! Most of the time I'm on shore power. When I'm cruising, I'll be onboard so I can maintain the stove. Is yours situated in the 'engine bay'? If so, have you just cut a hole in the bulkhead and fed the ducting through that and then through the boat?
  4. My back boiler does a good job with the radiators and I'm after something more or less 'instant', i.e. for the 30 mins in the morning before work, type stuff. Also, from what I can gather from the previous owners, the Mikuni was replaced by the current set up because it was fairly terrible.
  5. Okay, so you can't bring the size down at all. Good to know, thanks!
  6. I currently I have a back boiler connected to the various radiators down the boat (which I'm very happy with), but due to my odd working hours, I can't maintain a fire 24/7, so I'm going to fit a diesel air heater into the mix. There's an old Mikuni boiler in the engine bay, so I'm going to remove that and hopefully use the exhaust and fuel pipes from it (need to double check this is actually possible, though). My main concern is the ducting into the boat: Has anyone else fitted one of these and did you have to cut a giant hole through the bulkhead of the engine bay into the main cabin? If so, how big was the hole? And whats the smallest diameter ducting you can use? I only want it for the bedroom and bathroom, so don't need it to go down the whole boat.
  7. I have no idea what these witchy words mean, but this is my magic box wot does the electrickery!
  8. Its an upright tank roughly 80cm tall, so I guess that should be the one! Eek! That doesn't look like it was fun to remove?
  9. Yeah, everything else is working, but as soon as I flick the switch for the immersion, everything trips out. Plus the amount of water and rust at the top of the calorifier also makes me feel its probably unhealthy. They seem to be relatively cheap to replace although it doesn't look like a particularly fun job, but I'm not doing much else at the moment.
  10. Yeah, I also have no idea how long its been there, (was there when I bought the boat about a year ago) so could well have come from a hard water area and gotten all furry.
  11. Yeah, sorry that would probably help, hey! It’s quite a tight space to get into, so sorry they’re not super clear
  12. Good shout - no, very little. I also just used a little online tool and apparently I am in a soft area.
  13. I'm not sure if its hard or soft here, but I just had a good close look at it with a torch (he lives in the back of a very dark cupboard) and its definitely looking like it needs to be replaced. Any recommended ones?
  14. Hi all, Couple questions: Under the red cap of my calorifier it can be a bit wet and there appears to be a bit of rust. I assume this is just condensation? Second question is power related: Eventually I'll be updating my electrics when I can afford solar and all the gubbins. At the moment I'm on shoreline, however, I occasionally will get the breaker flip off and all power go when I add too much draw (for instance, turning on the immersion heater, or running the microwave and washing machine at the same time). And it seems to be getting worse. At the moment the power cuts even if I have everything off and try and switch the immersion on. I'd have thought that on shoreline there wouldn't be an issue with power draw? Does it do something weird like go through the batteries and shoreline just charges those? And if thats the case, does it sound like my batteries are dying? P.s. I am almost entirely an electrics numpty, so hopefully the above makes sense...
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