Tech Talk Column

Welcome to our Tech Talk Column!

Every month, Pacific Yacht Systems writes a Tech Talk column for Pacific Yachting magazine. These articles cover a variety of topics including DIY projects, boat maintenance, electronics and electrical systems. Pacific Yachting magazine is distributed by retailers in six of the ten provinces/territories in Canada and has thousands of readers across the country! You can read the articles online or view/download the PDF version.

LED Strip Lights on Boats

In last month’s article we talked about the popularity of LED lights on boats. We received a lot of feedback and some great questions regarding the different choices available and the best way to install them on a boat. LED lights, or light emitting diodes, are much brighter than traditional marine lights, draw very little and are one of the quickest ways to update your boat. I recently installed LED strip lights on my Catalina 36 and would like to share a few tips and tricks for your own installation.

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Recently Published in Tech Talk

European Conversion

Published in Pacific Yachting - May 2017

What are the electrical questions to ask when importing a boat from Europe to Canada? The ability to source and purchase a boat on-line has been a game changer in the marine industry. Boat buyers not only have the ability to choose from a global selection of makes and models but can also take advantage of fluctuating currencies and lower…

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Boat Electrical System Safety Tips

Published in Pacific Yachting - May 2017

It is quite common for us to receive a call or text from a boater who is experiencing troubles with his or her marine electrical in a remote anchorage. Everything from the windlass not working to a troublesome battery bank. We can have a technician trouble-shoot over the phone but, in many cases, the boater is missing spare fuses or the…

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Why Are Lithium Iron-Phosphate Batteries So Great?

Published in Pacific Yachting - May 2017

There has been a lot of attention around electric cars lately and the majority of the high end manufacturers are using lithium iron-phosphate (LiFePO4 or LFP) batteries. Some boat manufacturers are choosing lithium but it is not mainstream. Today we are going to look at why it may be time to consider lithium.

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