Gawd it was blo*** cold this morning!

We are still concerned about the energy being stored on board despite new batteries and solar panels. Overnight our batteries are down below 11.00 volts from 13.4volt when the engine is switched off. Spoke to ‘OnBoard Energy’,
and they agreed to do an energy audit to get to the bottom of the problem, so off we went down the Ashby to get near to Springwood Haven Marina on the Coventry, the home of Onboard Energy….We moored up just past Marston Junction on the Coventry as the light was fading (4.30pm).

This morning it was light at 7.00am, and we woke to find the boat coated in frost!


Centre lines were rods not rope, and the deck slippery with a coating of ice….winter has arrived. With stove coaxed into life, we set off, wrapped up against the frosty morning for Springwood Haven, and our appointment with Kevin Mascall.


Cannot praise the folks at Springwood enough. Kevin set too and soon confirmed that there was nothing abnormal within our electrical systems, and that the problem was almost certainly a duff battery in the leisure bank of 4 x 120ah units. A discussion with the manufacturers resulted in an offer to deliver replacement units in 24 hours, so an overnight in the marina, connected to a shore line, and 2 temp batteries with a trickle charger to hold the voltage until replacement units arrive in the morning!

The bonus is we have a massive WiFi signal due to being in line of sight of 2 communication transmitters, we have 50 meg of broadband download and my laptop is red hot….. 🙂

Multi fuel stove is glowing brightly, and we still have the diesel central heating in reserve. Cushty!

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