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Our friends over at Hubbell have just introduced an inexpensive solution for older boats not equipped with ELCI devices to shut down the shore power to a boat that has some excessive ground fault leakage issues on board. Although this new circuit checker won’t actually shut anything down, and it doesn’t specifically identify ground faults from equipment installed on board, Continue Reading »

Yanmar Provides LION Battery Bulletin

Yanmar Provides LION Battery Bulletin

It seems that our friends at Yanmar may have been having some issues with some customers swapping out the batteries on their boats for lithium ion units. It is imperative to note that there is a LOT more to do with your boat when switching to lithium technology than merely swapping out the batteries. A proper BMS (battery management system) Continue Reading »

Electrical System Breakthrough for Boats

Magnum Energy has just announced what I consider to be a major step forward for small boat electrical systems. The MagnaSine hybrid inverter/charger is a pure sine wave inverter that also integrates the ability to provide supplemental AC power when needed on board. I see this as particularly useful feature on boats using smaller AC gensets either due to weight Continue Reading »

Stop Saildrive Corrosion

Stop Saildrive Corrosion

I recently penned an article for the June/July 2017 issue of Cruising World magazine entitled “Driven to Diligence“. The article discusses the growth in market share for sail drives in cruising sailboats  as well as some of the issues relative to their maintenance and health. If you own a boat with a sail drive or two installed, I highly recommend Continue Reading »

New Raritan Macerator Pump Makes Service Easy

New Raritan Macerator Pump Makes Service Easy

Generally an unpleasant topic, Raritan has just received a patent for a new waste macerator pump that promises to take some of the crappiness out of servicing this important on board system.  The following press release came in today describing this  new unit. RARITAN MACERATOR PUMP EARNS US PATENT Anyone who has disconnected a marine sanitation macerator pump for maintenance Continue Reading »

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