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  2. In theory you could do it in a 70ft x 14ft boat but as some have already mentioned it's not always a good idea to build to the full dimensions. 14ft widebeams can get stuck in certain locks that have subsided etc. Consider a 62ft length if you can make it work, it will allow you access to a lot more of the Northern waterways. Although your plans are to stay in the marina, you might feel differently about it in the future. The beauty of living on a boat is if you get the itch to move, you can. We've lived in Liverpool Marina for the past year. We had planned to stay long
  3. It really depends on your circumstances and what you can afford to spend: Built-in generator: Really the 'gold-plated' solution. It's the quietest, saves wear and tear on your engine and is most convenient. The down side is it's probably the most expensive option and it takes up extra room in the boat. You might be able to offset some of the initial cost against that of installing and maintaining a gas system, as a generator could allow you to go gas free. EDIT: I'd definitely echo what David said above. The only generator that should be built-in to a boat is one that w
  4. I'd imagine so. I remember owning a Jag X-Type estate. Fantastic car but mostly made of Ford Mondeo parts, in fact most of the parts had the Ford logo stamped into them. I'm sure a Jag dealer would happily have charged more than a Ford dealer for them.
  5. I've never owned any significant pieces of Vetus kit (mainly just small items like strainers etc.) but the running joke is that their business model is to paint existing kit yellow, slap on some Vetus stickers and quadruple the price. I think it gives the end user the illusion of using OEM parts because they're all branded the same, even though it's often not the case.
  6. I would suggest going a bit bigger. Even a smallish solid fuel stove is around 3-4kW. if your boat is quite modern with spray foam insulation you can get away with a bit less output but if you have an older boat that's quite draughty and has less insulation it's worth giving a bit extra. Most narrowboats go for the 2000 series from Refleks and they seem to be nicely matched for 57ft-72ft.
  7. My boat has a RN DM2 which is skin-tank cooled. For the most part this is fine but following significant overplating of the hull sides and years of blacking, it's no longer enough to cut it on the more extended river cruises such as the Thames (our last river trip resulted in draining several calorifiers of water over the side just to keep the temperature down). In order to assist with the cooling, I'm fitting a heat exchanger setup to use water drawn from the river. I can install all parts of the system myself except for the raw water inlet seacock which will need professional ins
  8. I've had a few outdoor generators for my boat over the last few years, from a big remote-start diesel down to the small suitcase petrols. The only one that hasn't had to go back to the workshop has been the Honda. I nearly sold it on at one point but I'm so glad I kept it, it has been flawless (and definitely the quietest I've experienced). My worst experience was with the Hyundai diesels (which I think are actually made by a 3rd party with Hyundai stickers on). It had so many problems and they weaseled out of the warranty by claiming I hadn't loaded the generator enough.
  9. It does seem that's a risk. I don't think Biffa would point blank refuse to collect the waste (they can provide services that collect much more dangerous waste than just poo), but the cost to CRT will inevitably go up if they want to depart from their current waste arrangements. CRT's current stance seems to be one of 'managing defiance'. They've taken the very minor step of saying it's something you "shouldn't" do in the hope that it will discourage further adoption, but they know they can't stop the existing practice for the time being.
  10. It doesn't, but it goes some way to understanding the reasoning behind why people have installed them in the first place. It also feeds in to root cause analysis of the problem which CRT et al. Should be conducting. If you want people to stick to Elsan & Pump-Out, then remove the barriers to them doing so (e.g. serviceability, availability, frequency etc.) To be honest I doubt they are that concerned at this stage, the numbers of people doing it are so small (low 100s) that it can't exactly be topping their list of priorities right now.
  11. There's a lot of assumption made on here that people are just installing dry toilets to somehow 'get out of paying' for disposing of their waste. That may be true in some cases but a lot of boaters are utterly sick of the state of toilet disposal on many parts of the network. My last trip pre-lockdown was from Peterborough to Tring to Liverpool over 4-5 weeks, covering several hundred miles. Our boat has a small Pump-Out tank which lasts 2 weeks at best (often less) with 2 people living aboard. I could count on one hand the number of CRT Pump-Out stations we passed, and even fewer
  12. I think this discussion has become circular now. Nearly 30 pages! Turns out there are 3 certainties in life: death, taxes and the narrowboat toilet debate 😆
  13. If you mean did it reduce the amount of smokers? Absolutely, particularly the more casual smokers. But has it eradicated smoking? No, not at all. If anything that was a good example of where a nudge was better than a big stick. Smoking wasn't banned, it was just restricted to designated areas.
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