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Little Mistakes, Big Problems

Sometimes the quality of a manufacturer's vessel is only as good as its workers. Let us look at some mistakes that must be corrected as soon as possible so that your boating experience is not disturbed by unnecessary problems.

Using an Automotive Circuit Tester? Remember This

An automotive circuit tester looks like a pointed screwdriver with a wire and battery clamp on the end. The idea is that you clamp the wire to the battery ground and use the sharp point of the screwdriver to pierce a wire to see if it has 12 volts, which causes the handle to light up.

Multiple Downstream Fast-blow and Slow-blow Fuses

It is normally necessary to have multiple fuses or breakers downstream of each other. For example, you might have a main battery fuse, a main DC panel breaker, and individual breakers for each circuit on a panel. From one circuit you might have a couple of fuses downstream if you're feeding multiple devices off one breaker, like a chartplotter and GPS.

Boater's Picks for Favourite Apps on the iPad - Part 4: Connecting With Your Electronics

The great app ideas just keep coming! Thank you for your suggestions and recommendations. As a reminder from parts 1-3, I gathered a bunch of my boating friends and we talked apps. If an app was mentioned by three different boaters then it made the list. Many of these apps provide a free version; however, I have included the price for the full version.

Charging More Than One Battery Bank: The PYS Recommendation

Today, many recreational and leisure boats have more than one battery bank and proper charging systems can get fairly complicated. There is no one solution for every boater. It not only depends on the style of boat, but also on how the boat owner uses his or her boat.

Fuses Blowing? Why Going Bigger is NOT the Solution

We were recently on a boat that kept blowing fuses to one of its electronic devices. What is the standard mistake made in this situation? Trying some bigger fuses! There are two reasons we use fuses. One is to protect the wire feeding a device (in case of a short or too much current); the other is to protect the device/appliance at the end of the wire.

Water-proof, Drop-proof Cameras: A Boater's Dream

The new camera segment that is really exciting is the small "water-proof," "drop-proof" point and shoot cameras. These pocketable cameras are designed to take a few bumps and scrapes and keep on shooting. This makes them great "take with you anywhere" cameras.

The Importance of Proper Wire Colours

The other day PYS was sent to troubleshoot a boat that had recently changed marinas. At the new marina, the dockside shore power breaker tripped every time the boat was plugged in; however, they had had no problems at the past marina. The vessel was a small sailboat with only 3 AC circuits so there wasn't a lot to troubleshoot.

Boater's Picks for Favourite Apps on the iPad - Part 3: Life on the Water

It's time for more awesome iPad apps. As a reminder from Part 1 + 2, I gathered a bunch of my boating friends and we talked apps. If an app was mentioned by three different boaters then it made the list. Many of these apps provide a free version; however, I have included the price for the full version.

Bad Connections: Too Many Ring Terminals

How are elementary school jokes related to marine electrical? Let's find out! Q: "How many feet are in a yard?" A: "It depends on how many people are standing in it." Or, in this case, "how many connectors can I put on a battery stud?" Your answer to this second question should not be "as many as will fit."

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