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.

EFOY Installation

One of the products that received a lot of attention at this year’s Vancouver Boat Show, was the EFOY COMFORT methanol fuel cell. We first wrote about this alternative charging source in our December 2014 Tech Talk, it was a new technology that boaters were considering but not committing to in large numbers. This year was a different story. Like solar, the ability to have a charging source that is quiet, vibration-free and emissions-free is really catching on in the marine community. This month we are going to talk a bit about the technology and then review a recent EFOY installation.

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Recently Published in Tech Talk

Carbon Foam Batteries – Real World Installations

Published in Pacific Yachting - August 2017

Last July, we wrote about a new carbon foam AGM lead acid battery technology that was taking the marine industry by storm. The Firefly Oasis carbon foam AGM battery was developed by Caterpillar to replace the lead acid batteries that they were using in their work vehicles. They found that the old battery technology could not, consistently,…

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New Shore Power Receptacles and the Dangers of Electric Shock Drowning

Published in Pacific Yachting - July 2017

The water is starting to warm up in our local waters but before you jump in, there are a few things you should know about Electric Shock Drowning (ESD) and the dangers of swimming in or near marinas that offer AC electrical services. ESD can occur in both salt and fresh water however, the risk is greater in fresh water which is almost 70X…

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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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