how to wire a narrowboat - part 4 - March 1, 2021Graham Mills continues with his detailed explanation of how to wire a narrowboat. In this section he looks at the size of fuse board that will be needed.
how to wire a narrowboat - part 3 - November 30, 2020Graham Mills continues to explain how to wire a narrowboat. In this section he looks in detail at power sockets for use with inverters and cigar lighter sockets for 12 amps.
how to wire a narrowboat - part 5 - November 4, 2020Graham Mills continues with part 5 of how to wire a narrowboat. This final part deals with the rules which have to be followed to get it right.
how to wire a narrowboat - part 2 - August 11, 2020The second part of Graham Mills' detailed instruction on how to wire a narrowboat. This time he shows us how to calculate voltage drop and select cables.
how to wire a narrowboat - part 1 - May 31, 2020Graham Mills of 12 volt boating group show us how to wire a narrowboat from start to finish. The first part looks in detail at planning, positioning and plotting electrical items and power points, and shows us how to measure cable lengths needed.
heavy cable crimping - March 5, 2020Graham Mills of 12volts boating group gives an illustrated step by step guide to heavy cable crimping for boaters tackling their own electrics.
how much solar? - December 1, 2019I know it is the start of winter and the sun is not very strong or warming. But now is the time to be thinking about adding or upgrading the boat’s solar panels to be able to take advantage of the free charging as soon as it seriously starts in Mar/April. Now is the time to start thinking. :)
charging batteries - September 1, 2019Time after time I hear people say I charge my batteries for an hour or two in the morning and the same in the evening and I cringe knowing people are damaging and shortening the life of their batteries.
please read the installation manual - July 1, 2019There are occasions when I get a message and photo that causes me to drop everything and get in the car and drive. The attached photo, received a while ago, was one such occasion. There are some that will say they know the problem and I could have dealt with it by messenger but things are not always as simple as they first seem.
wiring batteries - June 1, 2019The best way to connect batteries together is a way that makes sure that the power is drawn from and sent to all the batteries in a bank identically, so that all the batteries get used equally and charged equally and live their full lives. Incorrectly wired banks cause batteries to have a shortened life.