June 20th 2014
If you measure with a thermometer, you'll probably find that those wires aren't as hot as you think.
March 21st 2014
Copper in anti-fouling paint can react with bronze through-hull fittings and reduce the paint's ability. Get down to the bronze, epoxy-coat it, and start over.
March 14th 2014
Ignition-protected electrical gear is not required by the ABYC in diesel engine rooms. But friction-type receptacles should be able to hold plugs against six pounds of pull.
February 14th 2014
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.
February 7th 2014
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.
January 31st 2014
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.
January 24th 2014
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.
January 17th 2014
The ABYC now requires galvanic isolators to have fail-safe features in case of a lightning strike or other catastrophic electrical event.
January 10th 2014
In this case, the ABYC standards don't apply specifically -- but fuse covers and much clearer cable markings would definitely be in order.
December 22nd 2013
Which is more fun, sailing or fishing? Sailing aficionado Zuzana Prochazka and die-hard angler Lenny Rudow force-feed each other their favorite pastimes.