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  1. Hi, We don't stay on our narrowboat over the winter so I'm looking at how best to ensure my bow thruster battery survives the winter. We live overseas so taking the battery home and leaving on trickle charger isn't an option. The bow thruster battery normally gets charged via a battery-to-battery charger fed from the starter battery. So this only charges when the engine is running and the alternator is charging it. Our boat does have solar panels connected to the leisure batteries via a Victron MPPT. I'm thinking to temporarily hardwire the bow thruster battery inline with the leisure batteries so the solar keeps it topped up. Thoughts? Please don't respond suggesting to remove the bow thruster or similar. Thanks
  2. OK, I am one of those boaters with a "girlie button" but after using one for over 40 years at sea I appreciate how useful they are. Legacy came with one fitted and she is from 2004. It is a BCN 55kgf unit (now taken over by Twin Disc as a BT 55) Yesterday whilst winding at Tarleton it worked, then stopped working part way through the manoeuvre. I thought I had picked up weed and so today I have been down the weed hatch. My findings are :- Propeller is clear, turns easily in both directions. The solenoid is clicking away when the control down aft is pressed. Voltage at the motor is 12.8 with the engine running. Is there anything else I can check to track down what has gone wrong? The manual only suggests that the solenoid has given up. Thank you Dave R
  3. Hello Coming down the Atherstone flight we saw that there was a lot of flotsam, mainly twigs and stuff. My wife was driving and in the high wind was using the bow thruster to help line up with the lock when I heard a nasty log-in-the-prop sound. Now the motor whirs but no thrust. i have taken off the motor and yes, the little shear pin has done its job and sacrificed itself and sheared! Question is where can I get a replacement (s)? It is a BCS one. i know such devices are not essential but if one is fitted, I'm keen to use it! We're moored at Fradley junction and will be heading east to Nottingham on th T&M. Will,try all the wharves, yards, marinas and Chandlers as we go but if anyone either has a spare pin or knows exactly where we can one or two, we'd be exceedingly grateful! Cheers Steve
  4. Good day, The control solenoid on Legacy's bow thruster is not well. It is bolted onto the side of the thruster motor. The negative post is sizzling and smoking whilst under load. The blue stuff on the negative post has been removed but operation has not been improved. When operating the direction control from the steering position, the direction part of the solenoid can be heard operating but the motor does not operate. The bow thruster is a BCS 85kgf model from about 2002 and so spares are like hen's teeth and contact to Twin Disc in Italy is not possible in the current circumstances. Question, can I replace the reversing solenoid with a 450A version which are easily available for 12v DC winches. OK it states that they are good for 2,000 operations at 450A but if they are easy to get and to replace - that should last me more than a few years. Something like this : https://temcoindustrial.com/temco-cn0238-winch-relay-450-amp-1qty.html Thank you all. Dave R
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