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Wire Nut’s Can Wreak Havoc On A Boats Electrical System.

Wire Nut’s Can Wreak Havoc On A Boats Electrical System.

Wire Nut’s Can Wreak Havoc On A Boats Electrical System. Continuing with the reporting of common findings during the ABYC safety inspection session in Annapolis last month, we touch on what is a recurring theme, wire nuts. The photo below points out the wiring behind the scenes on a boat where these little electrical devils where used.   The yellow Continue Reading »

ABYC Safety Inspection

ABYC Safety Inspection

Continuing with our theme the week before last I want to look further at the results from our ABYC Boat Safety Check event last month in Annapolis. As mentioned in my last post on this event the number one item our inspectors found was faulty or non-existent ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI’s). Next on the list were issues related to Continue Reading »

Protect that Wiring!

Protect that Wiring!

How To Protect The Wires On Your Boat From Chafing. It seems I can’t say it enough. Boat wiring needs to be properly protected against insulation chafing. The wiring you see in the photo below is yet another example of totally ignoring this little detail. On the boat above the potential problem with no chafe protection is potentially lethal too. Continue Reading »

Is Anti-Fouling Paint OK On My Transducer?

Is Anti-Fouling Paint OK On My Transducer?

Will Anti-Fouling Paint Affect Your Boats Depth Sounder? Yesterday I went down to the boatyard to check some things on my own boat, Hooked UP and I got queried immediately about something I always forget to write about. The question is, should you apply anti-fouling bottom paint to the transducer for your depth sounder? My answer was sure, it won’t Continue Reading »

Bow Thruster and Storage Space

Bow Thruster and Storage Space

Protect Unprotected Electrical Connections On Your Boat. There may be a lot of storage space surrounding your bow thruster, but beware! In keeping with my theme as promised last week, we are still considering and looking at spring “make ready” issues. In the case above a reader has recently discovered that under the v-berth in his forward cabin is a Continue Reading »

Boating Safety and Single Point Failures

Boating Safety and Single Point Failures

Getting Your Boat In Ship Shape For Boating Season. Its the time of year when we start getting the covers off our boats and start that annual spring clean-up and maintenance routine to get ready for a summer of fun on the water. With that in mind, let me just share with you all one of my biggest fears about Continue Reading »