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Fusing Electric Motor Circuits

Generally electric motors have their own over-current device. When this is not the case the fuse or breaker should be rated to the full load potential of the motor (provided that the wires run for the circuit are adequate). These breakers or fuses need...

Three Good Reasons To Get An MMSI Number For Your Vessel

What is an MMSI number and why should I have one for my boat? If you purchased a VHF radio in the past couple of years, it is probably equipped with DSC (Digital Selective Calling). In order to use this function, you must have an MMSI or Maritime Mobile Service Identity number. This nine digit number, assigned free of charge by Industry Canada, identifies your vessel and allows you to send a distress alert to Coast Guard or communicate with other vessels.

Boating Safety is a Priority!

It takes special people to help us stay safe so we can enjoy our time out on the water with fewer worries. This includes people who volunteer their time on organizations such as the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue organization, or even somebody who notices someone in trouble and lends a helping hand. The Canadian Boating Safety Council holds an annual event in January known as the Canadian Safe Boating Awards (CASBAs). These awards recognize the people, programs, organizations and marinas that help to make boating in Canada safer and better for all of us, and to keep the environment clean. This is your opportunity as a boater to nominate someone or an organization you know that has made an exceptional contribution to boating safety.

Tsunami Debris on the B.C. Coast

Last year's tsunami in Japan seems like a long time ago but its effects are sadly still being felt today. While we do not have to go through the hardships that the survivors of the tsunami are going through overseas, B.C. and Pacific coast residents are dealing with the recent issue of debris from the tsunami washing up on our beaches.

Small Device, Great Benefits

The Greatland Laser RLL012-01 Rescue Light is a hand-held day and night laser signaling device. Unlike pyrotechnic flares, it is non-flammable, environmentally safe and can operate for 40 hours on a single, long-life, replaceable lithium battery.

Improper Fusing: Common Reason for Fires on Boats

Preventing fires in general is very important, but it is even more important while on a boat. The reason for this is that unlike a house, a boat is hard to escape from if it is on fire. And it is important to note that boat fires are commonly caused by electrical issues!

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.

The Newly Re-branded RCM-SAR Continues to Keep Our Waters Safe

On May 26, 2012, the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary was officially re-branded across the province as the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue. This reflects the distinct community-based nature of the organization and distinguishes this volunteer-based marine rescue service from its government funded counterpart, the Canadian Coast Guard.

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.

Where Is Your Ignition Key Power From?

We come across this fairly regularly; the ignition key power is coming from the wrong place. We see it more often in boats where battery systems have been modified at some point, more so than with factory wired setups. If the ignition power is coming from the house battery and the house battery is dead, disconnected, or a main fuse is blown; the engine is not going to start even if the engine battery is full.

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