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Where Can I Find This Special Fuse?
Some fuses will be hard to find in marine supply stores. Spares may need to be special-ordered through the boatbuilder.
Is My Boat Wiring Going to Overheat?
If you measure with a thermometer, you'll probably find that those wires aren't as hot as you think.
Why Are My Through-Hull Fittings Fouled?
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.
Are Electrical Outlets OK In My Engine Room?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is My New Inverter Installation OK?
In this case, the ABYC standards don't apply specifically -- but fuse covers and much clearer cable markings would definitely be in order.

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