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|AC & DC electrical systems safety
Neither a degree in electrical engineering, an apprenticeship as a master electrician nor an ABYC certification as a marine electrician are required to find and correct the most common problems with your shorepower system. In the interest of self protection I still recommend you hire a qualified person for such work on a boat.
AC and DC boat electrical systems generate more negative comments in my reports than any other subject and faults in these systems are the most common cause of boat fires according to BoatUS® insurance stats.
If you read nothing else on this site, please watch this short heart rending video by the Ritz family on how they lost their 8yr old son to a very common electrical problem that we find in over half of our surveys.
AC DC and the Myth of Electrolysis ...
Another piece of boating mythology you should know the truth about.
Marina electrical safety
Ok so you have read everything else here and made your boat electrically safe but what about your marina ? after a recent spate of fatalities in fresh water marinas the Association of Marina Industries put together this very informative booklet on how to ensure your marina is safe.
Electric shock drowning
and hot docks is a must read, The only surprise is that these very common conditions have not killed more people.
Polarity indicators and G.F.C.I.
Simple and inexpensive to check and repair but few do it and most
A Photo Album of Electrical Nightmares
Ya gotta love Darwin's theory at work.
Marine Survey 101
will show you several simple tests to ensure the integrity of your onboard electrical systems.
Convert existing light fixtures to LED's on the cheap.
Ed Sherman teaches several courses for ABYC and has dozens of tips with a slightly techie nature, His site is well worth a visit but his type size is too damn small.
Quality Marine Services
Captain David Rifkin USN Ret'd some excellent articles on marine electrical issues and electrolytic corrosion. Take a look at Dave's "Documents" page.
This was put together by Robb Zuk on island net.com. It is an excellent effort but likely beyond the average newbie.
Boats and lightning Protection
Another boating topic built on myth and ignorance. Learn about this
complex issue from the premier expert, Ewan Thomson but be aware, many others disagree with some of his positions. Also note that
I can find no authoritative writings on fresh water strikes on boats which are significantly different than salt water strikes.
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