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Andy78

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I really need some help in a project I have become involved in wiring a lived on boat. It's something I have not done before or anything remotely similar so I'm well out of my comfort and confidence zone.
I'm really struggling finding a definite guide as to the correct regulations I need to be following or even any best practice guides. If anyone can offer any experienced advice in this field I would be most grateful, even a finger pointing in the right direction would be great.
I'll refrain from posting detailed info about the job until an experienced mind pops along as it might be a bit much.
 

buzzlightyear

please let me back in to the prison cell.
Electrician's Arms
don't start drilling holes in it ,or it going to end up a submarine .
 

littlespark

Electrician's Arms
The installation on the boat is nothing special- just to bs7671
As long as it’s connected to a supply conforming to section 709, marinas and similar locations.

Section 709 shows the supply cable on the boat, and special regards to metal parts in contact with water.
 

Flanders

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I think you have to carefull that you dont connect the metal hull to earth as it can course corosion i think , sorry to be vage on it but i remember it being talked about back when i was in college , worth looking into.
 

Andy78

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Ok, bit more info.

Won't be connected to a shore hook up, but will have the capability to be.
Boat is a steel hull
Will be powered via solar panels charging 12V batteries.
12V and/or 230V (via inverter) will be used for lighting and power with a 24V system for the engine room solely for the engine start operation.
 

Andy78

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I think you have to carefull that you dont connect the metal hull to earth as it can course corosion i think , sorry to be vage on it but i remember it being talked about back when i was in college , worth looking into.
Yes, have heard about galvanic isolators needed when hooked up to shore supplies, need to research this a bit more....
 
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littlespark

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If its a canal barge, you take it on the right hand side, and not the left when "driving" it along.

I took a family members boat along the Union Canal in Edinburgh from the centre out to the bypass. There's an aquaduct crosses the 4 lanes of the bypass... my kids on the bow waving at the drivers below.
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Only thing we had to watch out for was the university canoe club.

The Union Canal needs a good dredging. One time I wasn't there, the boat picked up an old mattress from the bottom and wrecked the propellers. A week later another boat brought up a corpse. :eek:
 

Andy78

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Not a canal barge but have been on those before, loads of fun :D

It's this big rusty sea cow

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