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A minor collision and another of 2 boats going through Wroxham bridge. One gets it right but the other does not.
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The skipper's handbook normally recommends a good 4 hours cruising per day to keep the batteries in a good state of charge but I have found that providing you are careful not to waste electricity an average of 2 ½ to 3 hours may be sufficient.
Most craft have at least one 12 v socket similar to a cars accessory/cigarette lighter. If you have the relevant plug charger/adaptor these can be used to charge your mobile phones, digital cameras and camcorders etc.
As many boats provide 240 volt power by an inverter I additionally take the relevant mains chargers/adaptors. It's better to cover your options. If I need to take advantage of using the mains chargers I use whilst cruising so as to reduce the drain on the boats batteries. Many boat yards offer hair dryers and some also clothes irons.
I normally first untie and retie the ropes to ensure they can be easily released and raise the mud weight if applicable. I then start the engine and check that gauges display as they should and check water is being pumped out of the exhaust. Once the engine ticks over smoothly we are untied and on our way. This normally takes no more than 2 or 3 minutes of running the engine before departure.
New replacement electric points were installed in April 2017 and they require the new contactless touch cards. The old cards will not work. The cards are £1 each and the whole amount is taken from the card as soon as you use it. Any unused credit remains at the electric point so before touching a card on the reader it's worth checking to see if there is any credit remaining from the previous user.
To view a PDF list of where the electric cards can be purchased Click Here.
The water is circulated by electric pump which you will normally hear running whilst in use. It's not unusual to occasionally hear the pump run for a brief moment as it keeps the water pressure up to a certain level. If the pump continues when you are not running water you may have left a tap on. If the pump runs continuously with no tap turned on you have probably run out of water. You will need to turn off the pump until you refill the water tank. The switch to turn off the pump is often located on the dashboard or side of it but the boatyard engineer should show you it's location.
You may need to top up daily or perhaps every other day depending how thrifty you are with it. Try not to waste water. If you are moored near a water supply I would take advantage and top up regardless. Most craft I have hired do not have a water level gauge so even more reason to keep water topped up. The water refill point on your boat should be clearly marked. Be careful not to put water in the diesel refill point. Water is normally free or included in mooring fees. The B.A moorings simply request a small donation from £1 which usually goes in a tube holding coins.
The engine heats your domestic water so it is hottest when you have just done a journey. We normally shower at the end of a journey not first thing in the morning when the water may not be hot enough for several showers. To view a list that includes water supply and toilet pump out locations Click Here.
Many boats have 240 volt invertors with toasters and microwaves provided. Some electric powered boats and boats with generators may have electric cookers and hobs but these are very much the minority.
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