Skippy's Random Ramblings

The Random Thoughts of a Geek in Manchester



Cold and frosty morning. 

First snow

Boat painting and new name

While reversing out of our mooring at New Islington Marina we suffered a slight technicals issue… the engine stopped making happy happy noises and started sounding sad. So to continue our way up the Ashton Canal to Packet Boat Company… Continue Reading →

New bed

Over the weekend Bob and I have been making a new bed for nbSteven:

Photo voltaic connectors

For a while I have been planning on cleaning up the Photovoltaic cable run on nbSteven, on Amazon I found these MC4 (Multi connect) (5 Pack) and these Y leads. According to the Datasheet the they are rated to 30… Continue Reading →

Ethernet, RS485 and power down a single cat 5 cable

For my boat automation system I plan to use RJ45 sockets and cat 5 cable for interconnecting the master and the nodes. Some nodes will have their own 12 V supply for larger loads, but ones that are just for… Continue Reading →

Kitten escape hatch!

New Stove Pt 1

We have been looking for a new stove to put on nbSteven fora while. Bob suggested looking at a Boatman Stove from Northern Fabrication Services. The Boatman stove comes in two options, one without a back boiler, and one with…. Continue Reading →

Broken Prop Shaft

A while ago (it has taken me a while to post this) there was a horrible crunching noise coming from under our back cabin floor. normal it makes less horrible whirring noises, as under there lives our prop shaft. It… Continue Reading →

Wireless on a boat

Despite living in a marina, right next to the wireless box arial, We have very little signal (red arrow on the side of the building 60 foot away). Looking at the router, it looks like it is a TP Link… Continue Reading →

Open invite for Dinner to my MP

I have just invited my MP (Justin Tomlinson Tory) for tea, and promised not to lobby him: Dear Mr Tomlinson, I am a great believer in equal opportunities; as a constituent of yours who can not afford to lobby my… Continue Reading →

We crossed the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

This is a video of nbSteven crossing the Pontcysyllte Aquaduct.

230 Volt System

While b0atg1rl and I plan to be continues cruisers for a while, but when we are hanging around in an area for a while we hope to also be able to use shore supplies, nbSteven came with 4 x Single… Continue Reading →

Engine Wiring fun

nbSteven had (yes HAD) a Sterling Marine Power “Universal Advanced Alternator Regulator” (Sterling Universal Advanced Alternator Regulator Manual), The magic box of tricks is supposed to do the following: Standard engine alternators are not designed to be good battery chargers. The… Continue Reading →

Cunning Plans

There is a cunning plan, and that cunning plan is to escape… escape the west, heading east we plan to first go… um… west to Llangollen, because b0atg1rl has never done the Llangollen Arm of the Shropshire Union canal (bit of… Continue Reading →

The Bed room is finally (half) finished.

After having nbSteven for just under three months now, and having lived on her for two, we finally have the bed room finished… well it’s how we wanted it in the short term. A long while ago on a trip… Continue Reading →

How about this for where we should have our bath?

Bathroom before and after…

Before: After:

Empirbus Alternitive

Tom and Jan of nbWaiouru have a really awesome thing on their boat called Empirbus, it is like a home automation system, but on a boat! Empirbus NXT is a new product line, based on more than 10 years experience… Continue Reading →

Springer for sale

UPDATE! nbArianrhod is also listed on Tomorrow (Thursday 23rd), b0atg1rl and I will be down at her, as we have a couple of viewings, If you want to have a look, or want further details, please contact her. ‘nbArianrhod’… Continue Reading →

An update

It’s been a fair while since I last wrote an update to my blog; back then b0atg1rl and I were looking for a boat; since then we have bought ourselves a 58ft Semi-Trad called nbSteven (the name will be changed when… Continue Reading →

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