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  1. Installed mine over the summer - £1360 for a Hobbit stove and flue kit, then maybe a good 2 days work building the hearth and installing it. At £50/hour, that'd come to roughly £2.5k all told
  2. cheers all - I've dropped an email to Beta
  3. Heya, The belt for our leisure battery alternator is knackered so we need a replacement, and I'm struggling to identify the belt so I can get a new one online It's a beta 43 engine, and the belt is 10mm wide. There's a few codes and numbers on it that are a bit worn, but from what I can make out they're 3108, 13AY1087, 661 1130 54940 161 and FA1 AUTOMOTIVE <something> - pic below I've found this one at midland chandlers, but it doesn't match any of the codes on the belt so I'm not sure it's the one... Any ideas? Cheers, J
  4. I screwed the batons straight to the steel beams using self tapping screws (had to predrill a small pilot hole first). The batons I used were pretreated - I've got a few spare I don't need so if you happen to be around the Limehouse area you can have them
  5. Heya - I recently replaced my deckhead too Essentially get rid of as much loose rust as you can, paint the rust with vactan, add a layer of primer to seal everything in and then replace the insulation
  6. Hmm, ok - there's 4 fairly redundant 90deg bends right next to the pump, so I'll have a play with that and see if things improve, cheers
  7. You've got both right, but the flow from the showerhead is 4lpm. If the flow does get too much for the gulper, I'll find a stronger replacement, but for now I won't solve a problem we don't have I've wanted to live on a boat for the last 5 years, and while I'm used to a less luxurious lifestyle, I'm not the only one onboard Could afford to rent a teeny tiny flat in London, but where's the fun in that?
  8. Heya all Cheers for all the info - we've got a calorifier, I'm happy with a cold shower and me and my partner shower at different times of the day so it'll give the immersion heater time to recover. As for running out of cold water, we've got a hose very close indeed so that's not a major issue I've checked the gulper and it'll be able to cope with about 3 times the current flow The current pump kicks in shortly after the shower starts and runs continuously until the shower stops. I've ordered a 2nd Jabsco, couldn't find the pressure switch right away - if there's problems once both pumps are installed I'll get one
  9. I will get right on that, cheers
  10. Apologies - I'll flick the 'youth speak' switch off Amp up = needs more oomph - we young people have been mollycoddled to expect, nay, demand, a powerful 30min shower twice a day So it looks likes the best solution is to add an extra Jabsco to the mix (and it's also about £200 cheaper) - should I install it in series or parallel? My gut tells me that having one pump feeding into the next would be a bad move, but it's been wrong before...
  11. We're at a marina with a tap 2m away so can have the luxury of long showers
  12. Cheers for the replies Good shout, hadn't thought of that - I assume they've both feed into the accumulator? Both pumps will be right next to the tank, so the change shouldn't be an issue. Will look into L valves I've had a look at the parmax range, and the highest 12v flow rate @ 25psi (from what I can see) is 11lpm, which is our current one. I don't want to increase the pressure because I'm not sure what the rest of the system is rated for, so I'll play it safe and keep any alterations under 25psi to avoid a leak
  13. Heya, I'm looking to amp up the water flow rate in the boat by adding in a mains pump to the system - we're on shoreline pretty much all the time, so power isn't an issue. Currently there's a parmax2.9 Jabsco installed with an accumulator, and we'd keep that as-is so that we can switch back when we're on the batteries. It's 25PSI (1.7 bar), so this looks like it would suit without blowing the pipes apart, and it has about twice the flow rate of the Jabsco Here's the old layout and a rough plan of what I think might work for the new one: Before I go and order the pump, is there anything in this setup that looks off? The pump not in use will be turned off so they won't fight against eachother, but do they need their own individual stopcock to prevent the other pump putting negative pressure on the seals etc.? Cheers, Jacob
  14. bish bash bosh needs a trim round the edges and I'll put the vents back in, but I'm pretty happy with how it came out
  15. Cheers - while I'm waiting for the new fuses I'll jump the slide switch connection in the thermostat to see if anything happens
  16. 230V has a separate rcd box, this new one would be solely for the 12V system
  17. Fusebox is definitely on my massive list of stuff to sort, it's been playing up already - would this one be able to take the load? Mainly just running lights off of it, the appliances are all 240V
  18. The only thing on the front is a light, and the dial - no switches or whathaveyou It might be a fuse issue, I've ordered a few of ebay (they're the old torpedo type) as spares so I'll switch them out when they arrive
  19. Thanks again for the help The problem w/the Alde is the light at the front doesn't turn on, so it's not getting power - I've switched it on at the thermostat and flicked all the switches I can find but no luck. I'm sure it's fixable, but while I'm pretty confident with fires and electrics, gas is a foreign country to me. I'd rather install a heating system myself and be sure how it works than rely on a previous installation which is just a magic box I poke to get heat. I'll keep the boiler in place, and it might be I stumble across a hidden switch somewhere and get it up and running, but for now I'm looking into stoves and shiny radiators
  20. Cheers all for the advice + tips I was having a look at the calorifer too see if there was a suitable hole for an immersion heater - it turns out there's already one there Found the switch for it and now there's piping hot water coming out the taps, happy days I reckon we'll leave the Alde in just in case, and get a stove to power a couple of gravity fed radiators. Good thing I've got all summer to get it sorted
  21. Hullo, Our boat came with an Alde 2928 boiler - from reading the forums, they're terribly inefficient, very expensive and prone to breakdowns. Never mind all that, ours doesn't even turn on, so we'll rip it out and replace it with an alternative setup. Before I go and spend a few £££ on a replacement system I thought it'd be best to run it past some people who know a thing or two - for hot water I'm thinking an immersion heater (we'll be on shoreline 95% of the time), and for heating I'd install a hobbit stove, with a back boiler. There's a radiator system installed at the mo , but they're not gravity fed and I've read enough warnings about exploding hot water to know it'll be a bit more complicated than just connecting the two together. Will just one gravity-fed rad work as a heatsink, or will they all have to be replaced? Or could we get away with no radiators at all? I've been seeing this thing called an 'ecofan' mentioned, apparently they're very good indeed... Cheers Jacob
  22. That doesn't sound fun at all - best of luck Have just ordered a hand pump, will check it out tomorrow cheers
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