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Electric Shock Drowning (ESD) What You Need To Know

Electric Shock Drowning (ESD) What You Need To Know

How To Minimize The Possibilities of Electric Shock Drowning, a.k.a ESD. I’m just back from a trip to Texas where I spent a day with some marina managers and maintenance personnel conducting a class on how to check for and minimize the possibilities for electric shock drowning, or as many have now begun calling it simply, ESD. Much has been Continue Reading »

How To Tell If The Sinks On Your Boat Installed Correctly

How To Tell If The Sinks On Your Boat Installed Correctly

Are The Sinks On Your Boat Installed Correctly & most importantly safe? that shows a sort of “t” The other question that comes up here has to do with whether double hose clamps are required. ABYC does not require them but European standards do. So, on many boats that come from overseas or are built to their ISO standards you Continue Reading »

Does Your Boat's Wireing Meet ABCYE-11 Standards?

Does Your Boat's Wireing Meet ABCYE-11 Standards?

Does Your Boat’s Wireing Meet ABCYE-11 Standards? One of the areas I get an occasional question on has to do with what you see in the photo above. You are looking at the backside of a fairly typical electrical panel. What you see is three rows of standard two pole circuit breakers and the master wire harness coming in from Continue Reading »

ABYC Electrical Wiring Color Code Standards For Your Boat

ABYC Electrical Wiring Color Code Standards For Your Boat

Do You Understand The Color Of The Different Wires In Your Boat’s Electrical System? A reader recently sent in this photo from his boat showing the behind the scenes look at his shore power selector switch. His question has to do with whether or not the wiring color codes on his boat are compliant with regulations or industry standards. He Continue Reading »

Harmonic Distortion & Your Boats Electrical System Wiring

Harmonic Distortion & Your Boats Electrical System Wiring

  Harmonic Distortion & Your Boat’s Electrical System Wiring. Looking at the photo above which is showing the terminal on a shore power neutral conductor that has gotten a bit too warm reminded me of a question posed to me earlier this at the IBEX show in Louisville. One of my ABYC certified technicians asked me why it seemed that Continue Reading »

Pacer Wire & Cable Circuit Breakers & Terminals For Your Boat

Pacer Wire & Cable Circuit Breakers & Terminals For Your Boat

  Pacer Wire & Cable Circuit Breakers & Terminals For Your Boat I recently recieved the following letter from a reader. Ed, In the photo I sent in, you can see the back side of my new boat’s main switch panel. I’m curious about the red blue and yellow plug in devices on the back of the panel. I’m assuming Continue Reading »

Find Electrical System Problems On Your Boat With This

Find Electrical System Problems On Your Boat With This

  Find Electrical System Problems On Your Boat With This Thermal Imager. The black box with the thermal sensor is shown above as well as the AP screen on my iPad Many of you have heard my never ending reminders that heat is one of the primary by-products of too much electrical resistance on your boat’s electrical system.Enough heat and Continue Reading »

Brass Shaft Brush Connected to Metal Hull Does this Really Work? We received a good query from reader Gerry this week that is worth sharing a bit of discussion on. The photo he sent in is on his aluminum hulled sailboat. What you see in the photo is a flat brass bar that someone applied some solder to (the grey Continue Reading »

ELCI Devices, What Is Available?

ELCI Devices, What Is Available?

  Typical Use of European RCD Devices on US Boat   Blue Sea ELCI Set Up, Easily Retrofitted   North Shore Safety Unit Available through Marinco, 30 and 50 AMP Service   Our recent entry discussing ELCI devices got a new query on the topic from Jim. Here it is: “Ed, I’m trying to make sense out of the ELCI/RCD Continue Reading »