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  1. When we bought our boat, I also purchased from a local shop a TV for use onboard. We had readdressed our mail to go to a sons address from where he could forward it to us (we became continuous cruisers) The shop asked for the address where the TV was going to be used and we said our boat name followed c/o British Waterways - with their address but gave our sons address for mail. We then got a demand for a licence at our sons address (he alreeady had a licence) so I replied explaining that it was for use onboard, he already had a licence but we would be willing to pay if they changed the address c/o British waterways. 22 years later we are still waiting for a reply and have never had any further problems. I surmise that they can not apply a licence since its not at a fixed address. If you have an address at say a marina (ie a fixed location) then the licencing rules allow them to demand payment for licencing your TV STEVEC
  2. I use my Garmin sat nav which records the route and can be transferred to a PC and map software. Very useful if you are in an argument with CRT about not moving or where you were at a given time. I put the satnave in a plastic cover on the hatch slider with the Pearsons and take it in each evening. (make sure you set the routeing as off road)
  3. You can buy ignition units for 12 volts DC or 220 volts AC - I can't remeber where they are sole but hob suppliers for boats may be able to help. The units are free stsanding ie. not made as part of the hob or oven so switching from your exisitng one is a easy
  4. ref " vinyl blacking (Leighs Resistex M535) " We used this for the last 20+ years on our boat. I worked for Claymoore narrowbaots and was introduced to this paint by them. Extremely good. You have to scrape off the bitumen before coating with resistex. Our first coating bubbled with the bitumen residue but after 2 coats it was OK. We have had no further pitting or rust/ galvanic activity and the sides are still perfect. It drys extremely fast (uses very volatile thinners) - two of you can apply coats with one only about 3 metres behind the other and when finished theres no curing time - just flood the dock and sail away.
  5. I used to wire new hire fleet boats and repair private boat electrics. I would suggest two or even 3x 25mm cables to your central distribution. If you under estimate now you can be faced with the difficult job of later additions. Far better to fit bigger now. This is what we used to do on all the hire fleet and I rewired several private boats with dull lighting problems and it made a vast difference with only the cost of a bit more cable.
  6. I can confirm what others have said the Durite is usually used for split charging batteries. The thick wires go to the positive of each battery (say domestic and starter) The small connections that have been cut off are wired to the D+ terminal of the alternator and engine frame. In this case the Durite is unused and could (if you are careful) be removed.Insulate the wire ends or trace back and completely remove Its a similar story with the green box - another split charge relay now being used just as a teminal to connect two wires. As above you could remove it and fit the two wires into a terminal block or use an inline crimp.
  7. In 2006 I bought two Rolls 6CS17P batteries (2 because they are 6 volt units ie. 3 x 2 volt cells) They are 546 Ah @ the 20 hour rate and warranteed for 10 years. Been in use daily up to last year when due to illness we had to stop. They are held up by a single solar panel when the boat is shut down and still going strong. In use we had Fridge, Freezer, TV, computers, lights etc running. Continuous cruising for most of the year. Cost today is £557 for the three cells in an outer case. - more expensive but ten years and still going!
  8. Would suggest you also check the thickness of paint on the outside of the boat in the tank area. Some coatings are very good insulators and at a boatyard where I worked we used to regularly scrape off excess thickness which caused the trouble you have found
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  10. Stevec


    suggest you view Equipment Diesel on water melts bitumen on hull - Looking for a compatible alternative. (post 11 offers an alternative)
  11. For the past 20 years we have been regularly cruising from the Bridgewater canal to skipton & leeds on our 62ft narrowboatboat. Some locks its safer to go in and rise or fall diagonally but the L&L was built for 62ft boats so statements from CRT or others giving 60ft as the standard are incorrect albeit if they are done for safety reasons. You have to be watchful for dangerous situations. My wife controls the stern and I observe the bows. Only one lock (leeds lock) has given extreme problems because the automation only allows for both downstream gates to open together. The bows of the boat thus have to be exactly in the middle to get through. Before buying our boat we considered it essential that the L&L was navigable and 62ft is OK Going up the calder we have always been able to reach Horbury Bridge before having to turn round.
  12. "Whats the third pedal for?" - Victor Borgia said "The pedal in the middle is there to separate the other two pedals" The OP asked about jobs - obvious really - fix narrowboats during the winter and cruise in summer - did it for about 20 years - outstanding retirement! - sadly now forced to cease
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