Safety

Is My Pump Ignition-Protected or Not?
Ignition-protected gear may still carry contradictory or confusing labels.
How to Use a Spring Line to Tie Up a Boat
The rigging and use of a spring line can make coming into a dock safer and easier.
What is the Fan Under My V-Berth?
Modern boats often carry fans in enclosed spaces to cool electronics or ventilate batteries when they're charging.
Is My Boat’s Electrical Panel Safe?
Current ABYC standards say the AC side of panel circuitry should be covered, but if your boat was compliant when it was built years ago, a simple warning tag might suffice.
How to do a Seasonal Trailer Inspection
Boat trailers require constant maintenance and attention. Follow this trailer inspection routine on a seasonal basis, to make sure yours keeps rolling down the road.
Are My Seacocks Bonded Correctly?
Bonding seacocks in series with a single wire isn't the best way tto do things. If your fittings are bonded this way, keep an eye on them.
How Trim Affects a Powerboat
Wondering how changing an outboard or trim tab's trim position affects your boat? We'll demonstrate both fore and aft and lateral changes, while trimming a twin outboard powerboat.
Firefighting in the Engine Compartment
If your boat has an access hole into the engine compartment for fire-fighting with a portable extinguisher, be sure to have the right type and the right nozzle.
Is My Starter Fuse Going To Work?
Although not required by the Coast Guard, some boatbuilders install fuses in the starter circuit -- and sometimes those fuses can't handle the high ampere draw of the starter motor.
Shore Power “Fail Safe.” What Does That Mean?
The ABYC now requires galvanic isolators to have fail-safe features in case of a lightning strike or other catastrophic electrical event.

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