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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 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.
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.
To conserve power don't leave lights on unnecessarily. Only have the television on if you are watching it. Televisions often use a 240 volt inverter which normally has a separate switch. Ensure the inverter is switched off when not required as it still draws some power.
Microwaves and toasters use the 240 volt inverter and the skipper's handbook states that the engine should be running when using these high power consumption appliances. A few boats additionally have generators. Due consideration to other people should be given when running engines and generators. Please see the "running engines" section on this page.
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.
Don't forget to take at least 1 torch. My the wife and I normally take a tiny pocket torch each which we keep with us at all times for our return journey to the boat especially as some moorings are not lit. We also take a larger torch to keep on board which is essential should you be unfortunate enough to drain your domestic batteries broads guide convenient using a torch to find the loo should I need to get out of bed in the middle of the night.
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 inserting the card it's worth checking to see if there is any credit remaining from the previous user. New electric points were installed for 1st April 2017 Old cards will not work but I believe can be exchanged for new ones through The Broads Authority. To view a PDF list of where the electric cards can be purchased Click Here.
Should you need to run the engine for a prolonged period or outside of these hours it would be polite to let your neighbours know the reason. I would also only run the engine at no more than a fast tick over.
You may need to start the engine early in the morning in order to leave the moorings and head for your next destination. 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.
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