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  1. Hi everyone, I have a strong smell of gas in my gas locker. I am assuming I need to replace the hoses/connectors so that I no longer have a leak. I can smell gas as I am sitting on the bow and it increases when I open the locker. There is no smell of gas inside the boat. The locker is vented. Do I need to get a gas safe engineer to do all the replacements. I did have a BSC cert done in February. What is the best move in this situation?
  2. Hi everyone, I am a new boater and really wanting to get to grips with how to drive my boat etc., I am in a marina until 1st week of June and then plan to be on the cut. I have been out a couple of times and had a bit of a practise steering but I do not really feel confident.. I know at the moment it is difficult with lockdown so I am not really sure what to do. I know I could sign up for a one day narrow boat experience but I do not think that will be enough. I was wondering is their anyone out their who would be willing to show me the ropes so to speak I am happy to pay. As you can see by the title would love to join the about group I understand someone would need to put my name forward.
  3. Thanks for that it looks nothing like the picture above and when I looked this morning it smelt funny down their I really do need someone who knows what their doing to have a look. Please any recommendations. Thanks
  4. Hi everyone, I have had someone put in a silencer/exhaust on my system as I was told it did not have one. It seems a little quieter but not much. Anyway, I have looked at the work that has been done and it looks very shoddy in there, There seems to be an old pipe hanging loose that does look like an old exhaust and the "new exhaust"does not look very well attached. I really do need someone who knows what they are doing to have a quick look. I am based at Wigrams Turn Marina.. Thanks
  5. Hi everyone, just started living on my narrow boat at Wigrams Marina and I plan to start cruising when we all can. I plan to be in a Marina in winter and cruise the rest of the year. At the moment I have a 12 volt shoreline fridge with a small freezer compartment. Eberspacher radiators/hot water and a calorifier. Also have a multi fuel stove. I plan to use as much 12 volt as possible so no TV, microwave, hair dryers, or power hungry washing machine etc. I will be using a cheap twin tub as well as a lap top probably no more than around 2 hours a day but could be less.. I have been doing a bit of research and seem to have come to the conclusion that I would probably need between 400- 500 watts of solar panels. Also the washer I thinlk would be around 800 watts. Any advice or recommendations of installers would be appreciated.
  6. Hi everyone, I have just brought a boat and the surveyor report recommends that a prority job that needs to looked at is the electrics. I am new to boating so do not have a clue on this topic. I know a steep learning curve is facing me. Anyway I plan to get the boat moved to a marina for the first week of March and live on it their for a couple of months and then continuously cruise. My concern obviously is to make sure I have electrics all up and running only just under a month to go!! Right I will get to the point this is what the survey report says 13) "The craft has a shoreline input located in the engine room. Two different leads and power supplies were connected but no power was seen to reach the vessel distribution/battery charger. The below points need to be verified: A) Ensure the AC system powers on when plugged into a known good power supply b) Ensure following A that the AC battery charger powers on (switch is engine room bulkhead upper" and 14) Further to R13 the presence of an AC earth to the hull should be established and galvanic isolator or isolation transformer fitted accordingly. I am in Manchester the boat is at Calcutt boats at the moment and will be moved to Wigrams Turn Marina. I need an electrician I think to check the above for me and then make the system work so that I have power on shore line at the marina. Any advice/help appreciated and recommendation of any marine electrican who can help.
  7. Thanks for that. Just wondering would you have an estimated figure in mind for the cost of solar and very basic 230v e.g. shore line for winter mooring hook up. Based upon some very basic research I have done I am thinking I may need around 400 watts of solar which may get me through spring-autumn cruising.
  8. Thanks for that, reassuring to know they still recondition them and install them in their narrowboats.
  9. If Calcutt confirm that the B.M.C engine in their opinion is ok and I get a positive response in regards to a new BSC included in price as well as it has been on for 3 months. Is the asking price realistic in your opinion for what it has to offer? Also the little I know about B.MC I think they are old engines and from opinions on this forum, their are still lots of them about, so spares/parts should be ok.
  10. Thanks for that view regarding negiotation with broker very useful. I am attaching a link for a boat that I quiet like look of only thing is I think it needs some work on the electrical side to make it work for liveabroad. It does not have an inverter or solar and I am not sure whether it has shoreline either. From my understanding a simple shore line socket is not difficult/ expensive to set up when on winter mooring in a marina. I am wonder whether my budget will allow for all this updates? also not sure whether it has a cratch board/cover also something I would need to allow for. Anyway, the boat is a www.calcutt.com/A4 boatdetails Merlin. pdf
  11. Thanks for your reply, I have taken into consideration licence, insurance, blacking, canal rescue, winter mooring fee and the list goes on.....
  12. Hi all, I thought I would post this to see if anyone out their knows of any good boats which may fit my criteria,. My total budget is 42K. It is broken down as follows 36K boat, 5k unexpected costs, repairs etc, necessary modifications to make it more suitable for me. Also allowed 1k for fully survey/haul out. I am assuming I have got my sums right, please let me know if this sounds realistic. The use would be for a solo liveabroad and probably winter moorings Dec-Feb. I would like plenty of light especially in saloon/galley area, not fussed so much in bed/bath room. I would prefer as open a layout as possible especially in saloon/gallery area. Any questions do not hesitate to ask! thanks in advance.
  13. Hi all, another day another engine... seriously how about a Mermaid XLD? The overplating, engine charging issues and overpriced is concerning me so maybe bin the SR3 boat, Heh ho the search continues.
  14. Thankyou for all your help. I have contacted the broker to confirm with the owner that the engine is infact a SR3 as stated in the advert.
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