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Category Archives: Ed’s General Boating & Maintenance Tips

Electric Steering On my Cruising Sailboat?

Electric Steering On my Cruising Sailboat?

Recently one of my readers sent in the photo above with a question regarding the green wire connected to the steering quadrant. The question basically went like this: Can you tell me what is electrical in my steering system? I do have autopilot, but that is connected to the steering system via a mechanical servo arm. What purpose does this green Continue Reading »

ABYC Minimum Height Requirement For Lifelines On Boats

ABYC Minimum Height Requirement For Lifelines On Boats

  We recently had a query from one of our readers asking about whether or not there is a minimum height requirement for lifelines on boats. It seems that after touring some of the Fall boat shows, the reader felt that a lot of the boats he inspected had lifelines that seemed too low and just not very effective. Well, Continue Reading »

Blue Sea Announces Circuit Wizard APP

Blue Sea Announces Circuit Wizard APP

Over Current Protection Is Simple With This App From Blue Sea. Our friends and sponsor for Ed’s Tool Box just announced a new application that will certainly rival the Wire Sizer APP I mentioned earlier this week. My recommendation is that if you work in the global arena, you might just want both of these apps installed on your devices. (I Continue Reading »

The Sperry Gauss Meter

The Sperry Gauss Meter

Gauss Meter in Use In the photo above you see me with the gauss meter set up against a fairly large primary battery cable on a boat. As I recall I had a circuit activated that was pulling around 8 amps through the wire. The meter is showing a field strength of 2.5 milligause. Not much you might be thinking, Continue Reading »

Infra-red Heat Gun

Infra-red Heat Gun

For some years now engine mechanics have been using infra-red heat guns to track cooling system water flow and the like. But, these guns also have a place when working around electrical systems. You need to remember that the primary by-product of excessive electrical resistance is heat. Also, you need to remember that the things that cause excessive electrical resistance Continue Reading »