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aledsav1
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SHUT UP...No you are spot on the boat is being lifted soon to have a anti foul and a condition report at the same time, so will have a good look over it, and have pumped the standing water out it was sitting where the prop shaft is so maybe the (i don't know what its called yet)  greaser device was just needed to be in use or the gasket needs some grease on it. But a new pump is going to be put in.

It has a washing machine though I would struggle getting a pair of jeans in it, so was just thinking of longer term.

Power might well be an issue, though have not tested it all out yet, it does have 1 solar panel on it that does give some charge to I think 4 storage batteries, obviously not capable of running to much at present but its an area that I will be looking into updating in the not to distant future

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Ok

Here goes.

Older boats with mains often have it installed as  an after thought and it is not integrated with the 12 volt system and inverter nor were they installed to any sort of quality or safety standard. As a result you have some mains sockets that work when connected to shore power and others that work off the inverter . These inverters tend to be underpowered as good inverters were very expensive until quite recently.(around £800 up to ten years ago ).

This type of system is guaranteed to be a nuisance and unreliable if you use the boat a lot and the answer is to design an integrated system .

This starts with uprating the alternator and fitting an intelligent control system and battery charger that automatically switches the sockets from shorepower to good quality inverter when you unplug the shorepower lead .

Batteries deserve a whole chapter to themselves. However  to start with one independent engine starter battery and three or four leisure batteries should be fine particularly if you have a solar panel of
100 watts plus.

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I am not entirely sure on the setup, I am assuming it is separate and as you say the 240 can only be used on shore power, the 1 solar panel is rigged up just to top the batteries up.

I will have to give this some serious study, but as I have said elsewhere I can pretty much turn my hand to anything, so some reading and youtube vids later I should be in a position to at least know what it entails.

1st though gotta find that B***** mooring Frown

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Absolutely, sorry to distract you  .

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Ooh, if you are needing a washing machine I guess it's a fair assumption this is to be a liveaboard?

A residential mooring is very different to a leisure mooring, and requires the appropriate permission ( sought by the land owner) to classify it as such. Just relating this to your other thread about your mooring search.

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Not sure the OP wants to live aboard, correct me if I am wrong , Alan, but his boat already has a washing machine fitted.
I would be tempted to remove that and free up some space if it isn't a liveaboard any longer.

Anyway, Alan, getting to know your new boat is all part of the fun. Lift up the seats, remove the backs of cupboards, open up the side panels, you'll be amazed at what you find! I was going to fit a Webasto only to find an Eberspacher hiding behind the wardrobe! In fact when we first got our boat I drew a diagram of it and marked on the location of the various pieces of equipment as I found them so in case of emergency or breakdowns I knew where to look for the offending item! Sad git or what? Of course, as you become more familiar with your pride and joy you'll remember where the bits are and since eventually you are going to refit you can put items where you like.

Good advice about the bilge pump though. When we first got our boat there was no shore power and the 12v batteries went flat between visits so although the bilge pump was trying to run the water was coming up through the floor; much more water on board and we could have sunk! Connection to the National Grid and a decent charger for the batteries sorted that.

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Oh forgot to add, Alan. Don't be in any rush to change things around or modify bulkheads etc. too quickly. Live with what you have for a while and determine what your requirements are. Are some bits in totally the wrong place? Are other items in the right place but not necessarily where you would have put them?
I made the mistake of jumping in with my power tools before we had even stayed on the boat and now regret not trialling what was there first. What I have done is ok but I can now see how it could have been better but I don't want to have wasted the time and money replacing the work I have already done!

You'll soon find out for yourself, there is always plenty of work to do on a boat!  Smile

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Yes I did notice that LB but also that he was/would be thinking of fitting another (bigger one). I honestly don't know any leisure boater (Broads, not canals) who has a washing machine , and as the OP had posted up today about his problems in finding a mooring, I thought it possibly a relevant point to pick up on. If it's thought to be a liveaboard  (correct or not) then that in itself could well affect his chances.

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Karen you are not to far off in your assessment of LB, however that would be a longer term possibility?.

Don't even know if life on a boat is for us, we would be spending some time testing the waters.

But even initially I/we would be spending as much time as we could cleaning, painting and doing all the lesser work in order to get it in better shape and looking good, though my partner would be going to work most days, when we did stay over after a marathon day painting It would be best being as close to Hickling for her. I assume any mooring allows us to stay overnight as long as we are not permanently residing there?

So our initial priority is to find a mooring as we have very limited time in its current position, and as foolish as we were not looking into moorings in greater depth, we just did not think that a mooring was going to be such an issue, I called 20 yards/marinas etc yesterday and pretty much exhausted what I can find on the internet, today I was going to do a run around and enquire face to face however other things have cropped up so this will be delayed for a few days.

As for the washing machine there is a very small machine there at present which is in a space designed for a full size machine so it looks somewhat odd and actually is pretty pointless, and all layout Q's these are much longer term considerations, my only immediate to do list is the deck/roof minor repairs and painting and ensuring the essentials for safety are up to scratch.

Apologies for delayed reply, we are very early to bed, 8pm every night is the end of our day.

But have to say what a great site as have had so many valuable replies so thank you all.



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Think I read that you dont know where the diesel tank is, well it will be close to where the outside filler cap is.
And I am another who regrets diving in with power tools and removing stuff rather than changing or altering in time rather than straight away so just take your time and remember bulkheads can be holding the roof up!

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Haha, I didn't even know where the filler cap was (only seen the boat twice so far) so after looking at some photos of similar boats I now know.

Yes a couple of you guys have mentioned not rushing in so I will be taking my time.

alan

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