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Your Chassis Ground Connection: NOT Your Negative Connection

This article demonstrates the risks of doing DC wiring aboard a boat without understanding how the whole DC and AC electrical system work together. In particular, let us examine the chassis ground connection. Knowing about these situations is important so you can maintain your boat properly and also for your personal safety.

How to Keep Water on the Outside

Before taking your boat out on the water, it is important to check, check and check again. Some of our earlier blog articles talk about the importance of checking batteries. In addition to that, bilge pumps are undoubtedly one of the most important systems on any vessel and must be checked upon regularly. Many factors play a part on whether your bilge pumps will keep your boat afloat.

How To Do A Proper Crimp

As a boat owner, there are many small but valuable DIY projects you can learn to do on the fly. By learning these skills, you can save time and money, and of course have the satisfaction of keeping your boat's electrical systems healthy in the long run. One of these skills is learning how to complete a proper crimp - this can help avoid many problems with your electrical circuits. It is important to ensure that crimps are done right the first time.

Check and Check Again

There are always things that need to be maintained and checked on a boat - it is never a good idea to tuck your boat into its berth and forget about it. Many systems onboard need to be checked at least once a month, if not more. Pumps are a prime example of components onboard that should be used (meaning turned on or rotated) regularly to prevent them from seizing or letting the impellers dry out.

How Simple DIY Battery Connection Checks Can Help Your Boat

Are your battery connections the best they can be? Here are some simple do-it-yourself checks that you can perform to help maintain the connections to the heart of your boat. These are simple checks and tasks that take no more than 10 minutes and will lead to peace of mind when you are at sea.

Ways to Take Care of Your Batteries

Taking care of your batteries is worth every minute you spend on them. After all, an upset battery can ruin a great day very quickly. There are a few things that should be considered when you are maintaining and caring for your batteries.

Connector Size, It Matters

I was on a boat recently and every connector on the batteries, distribution bars, and DC panel were the exact same ring hole size, despite being connected to 3 different size studs. It looked like whoever did the work simply went to the store, bought a big bag of the same connectors, and used them everywhere. This is the simple and cheap way to do it, not the correct way.

Is Your Boat Wired to Melt?

On a client's boat recently, we saw that the wiring was chaotic to say the least. But take a closer look at the two 3 conductor 14 AWG AC wires which go up to the main DC distribution panel.

The SmartPlug Lives up to its Name

After 70 years of outdated technology, SmartPlug Systems has designed a revolutionary invention in the marine world. This shore power connector far surpasses the previous ones from 1938, in both safety and design. The SmartPlug is a solution to the number one cause of shore power failures and fires: overheating due to a poor electrical connection.

Fire hazards: a bad connection

Shown here is something we see far too often: connections with signs of overheating. In the image, you can see the heat resistant plastics are melted and the fuse has scorch marks on it. In this case, the cause was probably as simple as a loose connection, someone not tightening the nut down enough. Or maybe they only threaded the nut on finger-tight with the intention of coming back later with a wrench to cinch it down, but forgot.

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