Electrical components

As the rest of the boat i could choose the cheapest option , however if i do most of the parts will fail in the first year or so . i will be fitting good quality parts as standard so durite electrical gets the vote.

https://www.durite.co.uk/default.aspx

Battery Isolator – 100A at 24V and 500A

Battery isolator with removable key and splashproof cover. With independent ignition switching and controlled earth leakage through a resistor to avoid damage through load dumping. Rated 100 amps at 24 volts and 500 amps for 5 seconds. M10 studs.

Wiring diagrams will be uploaded for the different engine and spec.

windows and doors

Along with many other features the mallard will fitted as standard with caldwell windows

Framed Windows

“Clip-in and thermal break framed windows are industry-leading window designs which can be installed in a variety of vehicles. These styles offer the same design choices as the other styles but come with a wide range of benefits. For example, clip-in framed windows and thermal break windows can all be enhanced with double-glazing to keep your boat warm and comfortable.

Thermal break windows also work to eliminate condensation on the window, meaning that you don’t need to worry about limited visibility. Clip in windows also allow you to easily remove or replace the windowpane itself, while leaving the frame in place. This means you can remove the window to enjoy truly effective ventilation throughout your vehicle or as a means of escape in emergencies.”

other styles of windows are available including new and used    the doors will be made in the workshop from solid oak ,with glass panels.

 

The Mallard Project

    For a couple of weeks i have been organising this new project …The mallard  a 23 ft grp Narrowboat that fits on a trailer and can be launched at any slipway with a trailer. so story starts with an advert on facebook , mallard moulds for sale £5000 The moulds and the pull […]

 

 

For a couple of weeks i have been organising this new project …The mallard  a 23 ft grp Narrowboat that fits on a trailer and can be launched at any slipway with a trailer.

so story starts with an advert on facebook , mallard moulds for sale £5000 The moulds and the pull comes with  trailers to move them around,and a gantry to pull the boat from the mould

Intrigued i rang the number , the seller had ideas of an eco boat electric but that was a few years ago and although he had been doing some background work his dream had yet to be realised and the moulds had stood for a few years. 

I hesitated for a while ………………………….. as i’ve got several unfinished boat projects already, and the prospect of another left me rather cautious, if you have ever had a boat its that realisation that you’ve bitten off more than you could ever chew.  

So the research began ,from the web i found a few links on some chat rooms , pictures and info on makers ,i arranged i meeting with jeff the seller and he showed me the moulds and he information that he had, the boats had previously been made by crystal marine boat builders in devises and hired out to the public by white horse boats , they made about 40 boats in varying lengths by stretching the moulds upto 42 ft long.

The Waterways magazine produced an article in the september 1989 edition reviewing the boat £10344 for the standard mallard.

So i have the history of the boat and the moulds, does it have legs , will it be just another bad business idea .

I have been in business for a few years and with all the best will in the world businesses run on money, no money no business. the thing is most business ideas would work  but they either run out of money before realising there potential or are run by people that shouldn’t be in business.

I made some enquiries about having the moulding and grp lay up done by specialist as it pays to begin with a quality pull, i could do it as they did originally but that’s very labour intensive and has its problems, spraying chop strand machines are far better , machines can bought from china for around £6000 pounds and english machine is £10000-15000 . having the skills to keep the machine working knowing whats right and whats wrong is invaluable. manufacturing a quality  product is the key to this , i could bodge it with cheap parts from china , keeping the price as low as possible , or use parts made in the uk which may price me out of the market.

I live on a boat so i understand when you turn on the tap , it should work, if the engine doesn’t start you are dead in the water . 

lots to think about and questions unanswered 

end of the first days log.

My plans for the boat are rolling.

I’ve partnered up with several businesses in the local area to build the first boat .the website shop will be filled and all electrical parts are sourced , the grp manufacture is underway and recon engines and fitting have been ordered. i have been approached by other manufactures who wish to stretch the hulls to make bigger boats.

this week i will be pricing sailaways and replying to all the  offers and lots of interested parties that have contacted me.

Last sunday clearwater boats announced the revival of the beaver i will post the add so you can read and consider it, the basic price was £38,000 on the water.

Today  i am looking for engines , a standard engine that will be fitted , i have contacted canal line and beta marine they are sending some spec on their best 16 hp engines  so i can apply the correct stern gear which i have been costing.

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On the boat i have there has been some alterations to the original mould , to slim down the swim and angle the edges to the bottom. this was done to the last two boats made,by adding formers in to the mouling tool.

Choosing your engine

This may sound strange but the sound of your engine makes a difference, some people like the sound of an old lister, others prefer engines quiet like canal line…whatever your preference, my saying is know your engine , if it breaks down you can fix it ,we just love fixing and tinkering with old oily […]

This may sound strange but the sound of your engine makes a difference, some people like the sound of an old lister, others prefer engines quiet like canal line…whatever your preference, my saying is know your engine , if it breaks down you can fix it ,we just love fixing and tinkering with old oily stuff.

So the range of engine types is vast , however i am finding it difficult to find a good supply of recon engines which is my prefered aim because the parts are widely available its better for the environment reusing something.

new engines might be the answer for some people i am going to price a brand new canal line engine 25 hp which are low torque and very quiet as the boat only weighs 2 2 tonne i might have to evaluate that at a later date.

I will post some engines videos later so you can hear them running .

lister

servicing a canalline

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Beta marine engines

beta have a 16hp engine that might just be the ticket

Technical Specifications

Power: 16 hp @ 3,600 rpm
Aspiration: Natural
Cylinders: 2
Displacement: 599 cc
Weight: 95 kg
Propeller: 12″ x 8″

A general guidance for propeller size in inches, based upon 3 blade RH rotation and reduction ratio of 2:1. *For accurate individual advice please provide us with your vessels current full specifications.

This power packed little engine only weighs in at 95 kg i am pricing up the gearbox and heat exchanger version.

Vetus

 

 

I started a conversation with vetus,

Following our telephone conversation yesterday – please could you let me know your address and I will arrange for a catalogue to be sent out. In the meantime I will start to price up the 2cyl Diesel engine in keel cooled spec and raw water cooled. As I said over the phone, we can offer a complete boat package including stern gear, controls, cable, water separator for example. This benefits you and the end customer by having only one company to deal with. We offer 5 year warranty on the engine and 3 years on all equipment.

Enjoy the Winter

Most boats on the rivers are taken out over the winter on slipways, to avoid any damage from floods and general winter weather, narrowboats normally stay on the river and canal marinas,if you intend to stay on your boat during these times be prepared ,when the canal is frozen and your miles from anywhere .

Most boats on the rivers are taken out over the winter on slipways, to avoid any damage from floods and general winter weather, narrowboats normally stay on the river and canal marinas,if you intend to stay on your boat during these times be prepared ,when the canal is frozen and your miles from anywhere .

How Do you generate free power

  This page is going to look at free power sources Free power sounds delightful fanciful ideas? well sunlight , gravity , wind , syphon ,water im sure its there somewhere….. some people talk about free electric  motors that drive alternators that recharge batteries that powers the motor ,

 

This page is going to look at free power sources

Free power sounds delightful fanciful ideas? well sunlight , gravity , wind , syphon ,water im sure its there somewhere….. some people talk about free electric  motors that drive alternators that recharge batteries that powers the motor ,

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