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  1. Nah I mean that I whipped the main rope before I tied the crown knot. The individual strands just got a healthy dose of butane torch because its that fake hemp rope from Tradline (which actually feels pretty nice in my uneducated opinion).
  2. Hi all! So I spent a bit of time this weekend learning how to back splice ropes and doing all four of Tallymae's new ropes in the process. I actually feel like it went pretty well, but one thing I was unsure about was whether to remove the whipping I used to secure the strands before tying the crown knot. I kept the whipping on two and removed it on two, but one of the two I removed it on ended up very loose and I had to unravel it and start again. I'm not sure if it was just bad technique or whether you should just leave the whipping anyway? Also I'd love to hear all your opinions about why I should or shouldn't have back spliced my ropes in the first place! 😂 Let's go!
  3. I've already watched all of them so clicked this thread to post them, but seems like I've been beaten to it! (mostly just replying to this thread to get notifications, since I'll be looking at doing this to my boat in the spring 😛 )
  4. They were! That photo was taken before we bought the boat. The cupboard with all this in is nice and clean now and I intend to keep it that way (famous last words). Here are two more seemingly meaningless images to help explain where things are a bit! https://imgur.com/a/YWjQNZf The picture of the bedroom is just to show where I was stood (facing towards the port side) to take the picture looking into the cupboard, between the bedroom and the steps up to the stern deck. The cupboard door swings open to close off the aft cabin from the bedroom at night. Looking into the cupboard (which is L shaped towards the stern). the domestic battery box is to the left behind the twin tub washer, on a slightly raised plinth. everything else is above the battery box on the left hand side around that corner, apart from the 12V breaker which is above the ironing board just inside the cupboard door on the right, and the inverter, which is opposite that on the left hand side just inside the cupboard door. I think a lot of the wiring you can see behind the 220V consumer unit is the back of the instrument panel up on the stern deck, where both the domestic and starter battery isolators also are, down by the floor. I really need to take my proper camera with a really wide angle lens to get everything in one shot!
  5. I should probably point out that I'm currently in Cambridge and the boat is moored in London. We're trying to finish up work commitments, sell all our belongings etc, with a view to us moving on to the boat towards the end of September, which is when I'll be free full time to begin to properly understand what's going on. So it's going to be a while before I can do what you suggest - which I'm absolutely keen to do - as I said in the intro thread I've got some savings and am planning to give myself a year to become boat savvy before deciding if and how we want to make living aboard our life. I do actually have the original wiring diagrams in "the big folder o' paperwork" that came with the boat, so I think it would be good to retrace and redraw them, working out what has changed and labelling things properly as I go, as my first steps. And then I can keep the new ones digitally, so I can keep them up to date! For now though, here are a bunch of photos I've taken the two times I've visited the boat - of course I'm already constantly kicking myself about all the gaps in them (at least I'm starting to build a list of things to look for next time we go I guess) which might be of use to start with: https://imgur.com/a/dqOf6o9
  6. Yeah I get that it's just for selecting what the alternator is doing rather than the batteries (I believe this is also what the OP of the other thread I linked to has too) and I'm definitely keen to get rid ASAP! Just keen to make sure I'm using it in the best way possible until we can get it swapped out (for a VSR by the sounds of the advice on here, just need to find one that is future proof for when we add the second alternator and solar). Logically I would have thought that leaving it in OFF when the engine is NOT running would make sense, but the other thread seems to suggest it should be left in the leisure battery position (which is 1 on mine, but 2 on the other thread 😛 ). Presumably leaving it on both is a bad idea because you're creating a connection between the starter and leisure batteries?
  7. To turn this back to the first post a little bit, I found this old thread on here from someone who appears to have the same setup: The thing I'm now unsure about is that the OP says they leave the switch in the leisure battery position when the engine is not running, but a couple of subsequent posts suggests it should be in the OFF position (which is how I left mine when I left the boat on Sunday). Which would you say is the correct position, and is there a danger to leaving it in the wrong position when the engine is not running?
  8. The boat currently has 4x 100Ah Yuasa M31-100S sealed lead acid batteries, not sure of the age or condition of them yet as we've not started using them in anger! So replacing / upgrading them is potentially on the cards at some point. Not sure how much money I'm going to end up throwing at electrics on the boat just yet. We don't have solar either and I was planning to wait until the spring for that (seems silly to buy now when we won't use it to its maximum potential for several months and the current tech may be cheaper next year?), so I might just try to live with what we've got this winter - discover how terrible it all really is - and subsequently not feel as bad about spending several thousand upgrading a whole lot of things next year! Useful to hear your thoughts on sharing the load with the alternators though so I'll definitely keep all that in mind, thanks! Thanks for this, I definitely need to read a bit more to completely understand what order things should be wired up in, but this seems like something that could be done sooner than the rest of the planned upgrades in order to remove the rotary switch from hell!
  9. So I've been lurking here for nearly a year, initially trying to decide whether buying a boat was the right thing for us. But since I've now bought a boat and started asking questions elsewhere on the forum, I thought I should introduce myself! Our plan is to sell all our land-based stuff and move aboard in the next couple of months, and then to live off some of our savings whilst continuously cruising for a good few months. At least whilst we figure out if it really is what we want to do, and if so how to make it sustainable. I'm a digital artist by trade so freelance/contract work will always be available, but giving ourselves time to get used to a life afloat initially without the additional stresses of work sounds sensible. This is our boat btw, Tallymae. She's a 57' Tim Tyler hull from 2004. https://imgur.com/a/vUE6Qzg Expect many questions about 12V electrics and paint in the near future, since those are the major things we need to work on initially!
  10. So the boat currently has a Sterling 1500W inverter which I believe is as old as the boat itself (15 years). I've not tried using it yet but when we do, it's only going to be for evening entertainment etc, no plans for a washing machine or other similar high powered electrics! Going to try to embrace the 12V lifestyle as much as we can As with all these things, trying to find the answer to a question instead creates more questions! It sounds like the best option would be to get a new regulator / controller that allows us to combine the alternators to charge the leisure batteries, if we want to get the best from both alternators. But if that isn't going to give much improvement over just using the 110Ah to charge them (which aside from removing the not-very-idiot-proof rotary switch, is our main goal I think), maybe it's best to just connect the new one to the existing regulator and the old one to the and see how we get on with that. Moving on to the actual installation, am I likely to be able to find someone who can do the whole job or am I going to need a mechanic and an electrician? Currently moored at Willow Tree Marina in Yeading, West London. Thanks for all your help anyway!
  11. Yes, there are 2 separate isolators for the starter and leisure batteries. I would assume they are wired in a BSS compliant way, since it passed not more than weeks ago! That was the plan, but if it's possible to run both alternators (of differing sizes) in parallel, that does seem to make sense. I believe the boat was originally fitted with a split charge relay which caught fire, hence the previous owner removing it and installing the rotary switch! He was adamant that a relay was a bad idea, but perhaps a more recent one is going to be safer... Thanks for this info, so it sounds like the regulator is there to improve charging performance, rather than being an essential piece of equipment, since you don't say that I would need two of them if keeping the charging systems separate? Either way, it sounds like it's something else I should upgrade to a more modern version at the same time - if it will help improve charging performance.
  12. I don't think it's currently wired in that way though, since I still have 12v power when it is set to the OFF position. I think it is literally just connecting the alternator to their respective batteries.
  13. I have seperate battery isolating switches for both leisure and starter batteries. Do you mean that I will need additional isolating switches between the alternators and their respective battery(ies)?
  14. Hi! We've just taken ownership of our first narrowboat, so are currently experiencing a very steep learning curve regarding the electrics on board. The boat currently has (what I believe is) a 70Ah alternator, which is used to charge both starter and leisure batteries, but since there is no split charge relay it has to be selected by this rotary switch: https://i.imgur.com/bIuH5f3.png I'd like to do away with this switch completely since it seems like a really great way to a) forget to switch to starter battery before starting the engine b) forget to switch over after cruising for a bit to charge the leisure batteries c) accidentally switch to OFF and nerf the alternator. Luckily, the previous owner left a box containing a brand new 110Ah alternator, pulley, mounting brackets and instructions for installing alongside the existing one, which I believe will allow me to do away with that wretched switch. Now, before I go ahead and start trying to find someone to install it for us, I wanted to ask if there was anything else we would need to get to complete this installation? If I understand correctly (unlikely) the "4 step alternator regulator" blue box also in that picture converts the alternator voltage to what the batteries need dependent on their current state of charge. Is that still going to be useable with the more powerful alternator? Will I also need another one for the starter battery? Thanks for taking a look! Josh
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