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Created On: 01 May 2013 08:04 PM
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 01 May 2013 08:04 PM
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goldenboy1818

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hi does anyone have any experience of wiring a house boat and know any regs involved ? regarding wiring plus supply method etc. thank you
 02 May 2013 08:55 AM
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goldenboy1818

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any one ever done one of these before ??
 02 May 2013 09:23 AM
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sparkiemike

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For the supply you can start here http://electrical.theiet.org/w...1/marinas.cfm?type=pdf and the relevant section in BS 7671

I don't think the boat come under bs7671, not sure what the bs is for that
 02 May 2013 11:38 AM
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WiredScience

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Try "google". "Wiring regs ships" gets you back to our hosts. http://electrical.theiet.org/b...shore/bs-8450-2006.cfm

Looks like you may need to splash the cash.
 02 May 2013 12:46 PM
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peteTLM

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Im sure others will advise, but if it is what im thinking, and its a big floating box like a caravan, with no engine, that has to be towed to its moorings, then id say it certainly wasnt a ship and 7671 would apply.

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 02 May 2013 04:13 PM
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irnbru

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Not sure if relavent or helps but I once had a very large isolation transformer that I sold on Ebay. The guy that bought it said it was for a canal boat that he was building.
 02 May 2013 04:54 PM
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Based on our model standards static caravans, mobile homes and houseboats come under the same rules for fire safety, spacing between units, water supply and drainage, gas and electrical safety and refuse disposal.

For various reasons, tax, local rates and byelaws the definition of a houseboat is static accomodation without an engine, otherwise it starts to venture into the marine craft area.

The majority of waterway developments in the South and South West where houseboats are becoming popular the supply by default is TN-S but you will need to investigate this.

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 02 May 2013 09:55 PM
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Grumpy

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I know you can't use a spirit level but I don't suppose that helps!
 03 May 2013 06:45 PM
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ArthurHall

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British Marine industries Federation do a 'Code of practice for Electrical & Electronic installations in small craft'
It covers 240v AC and 12/24v DC wiring
Also look for Merchant shipping notice M1557 Electrical installations in small craft
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