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Category Archives: Technical Boating, Marine & Yachting Tips

Another Electrifying Cat Boat In the Works

Another Electrifying Cat Boat In the Works

Susan wrote in over this past weekend with some questions about this little beauty that she’s building currently:   Basically Susan wants this to be an all electric boat, totally traditional look with better than space shuttle technology utilized. Its going to be a cold-molded design and is actually a bit heavy for its size @4660 lbs. Just under 20 Continue Reading »

Can Euro Shore Power Breakers Work In the US?

Can Euro Shore Power Breakers Work In the US?

Do Euro Shore Power Breakers Meet ABYC Standards? I’ve been getting a lot of queries lately about nuisance tripping of the new ELCI devices and whether or not some of the European systems that we see on a lot of the Beneteau and Jeanneau boats are OK and comply with US Standards and so forth. Well, we talked about the Continue Reading »

Is Charger Mounted Over Battery Bad?

Is Charger Mounted Over Battery Bad?

Is It Safe To Mount A Battery Charger Over Your Boat’s Battery? Last week’s dirty battery post raised a good comment from reader Mike. Basically he was questioning whether the blue case visible at the top of the photo was a battery charger and if so, he was commenting that it is not a good thing. Good eye Mike! You Continue Reading »

Dont Stack Wire Connections!

Dont Stack Wire Connections!

How To Install Multiple Wire Terminals On A Single Screw Or Stud On Your Boat. A colleague sent over some photos yesterday of a small fire that had occured at one of the electrical connections on a ELCI breaker device he had sold to a customer. The photo below shows the aftermath of the small fire and the melted plastic Continue Reading »

Boater Innovation Award!

Boater Innovation Award!

Introducing Ed’s Boat Tips Boater Innovation Award. OK, so this year I’m starting something new, the Eds Boat Tips Boater Innovation Award. You see every now and then I run into something that demonstrates some very creative effort on the part of a boater to solve a problem. So this year’s EBT Innovation Award goes to Dan in Nova Scotia. For what you Continue Reading »

More On Lower Amperage Use

More On Lower Amperage Use

Is It Safe To Use A Gas Fueled Generator On Your Boat? One of our readers, Rick, sent in an interesting query regarding last week’s post on The Appetite for Amps Goes Down. To quote Rick: “Good article Ed. One thing I’d like to know about these units too is the start-up current they draw. I’m likely to be using Continue Reading »

The Appetite for Amps Goes Down

The Appetite for Amps Goes Down

  Do Eco Friendly Boat Electronics Really Use Less Electricity? Cruisair units like this actually use less power today than ten years ago, in effect they are greener units, not just because of the new refrigerants used, but also because they use less electricity For some years now I’ve written that it seems like the average boat owner’s appetite for Continue Reading »

Rapid Anode Consumption, Blistering Bottom Paint

Rapid Anode Consumption, Blistering Bottom Paint

  Rapid Anode Consumption, Bottom Paint Blistering and More! Yikes! This series of problems was brought to us from one of our readers last week. We need to share this one because there is a lot going on here, and power or sail, some of the tips here can help you along the way if some of these symptoms crop Continue Reading »

To Bond or Not to Bond, Part 2

To Bond or Not to Bond, Part 2

Typical hull potential test set-up We received an interesting comment regarding our earlier post, “To Bond or not to Bond”. It’s worth sharing so that people will understand some of the dynamics involved with that case. So, here is the comment: Ed- “The comment I have on this situation is that given the original installation was done poorly, what is to Continue Reading »

To Bond or Not to Bond

To Bond or Not to Bond

Should You Bond Your Boats Under Water Metal? Every now and then the topic of bonding a boat’s underwater metal comes up. Sometimes pretty heated discussions can get going among the marine systems geeks that get interested in this topic. In any event, its worth sharing some insight into this topic with all, especially in light of my post last Continue Reading »