We knew it was finally time to replace our Raymarine equipment when the LCD multifunction panels went black – we couldn’t read them anymore. Our two C90 plotters often failed to communicate with each other throwing up beeps and constant re-boots. The button on our autopilot often failed to work leading to hand steering and
In this article and video, we cover multimeter basics for boaters. A multimeter is the most important tool to have on board when it comes to your electrical systems. Used to check voltage, a multimeter performs resistance and continuity tests, and troubleshoot basic electrical issues, just to name a few applications. The tool can seem
Are you interested in how to increase the lifespan of your batteries? If you’re a boater, you should be. Replacing your boat batteries is also a huge cost, to the tune of thousands of dollars, depending on what type of batteries you decide to purchase. Though the performance of your batteries will naturally and normally
Do you know how to manage your boat battery bank? Do you know what your boat battery bank levels normally are at different points during the day? Are you confident that your monitors are giving you the right readings? Once you’re comfortable with the batteries you have on your boat, it’s critical to gauge normal
As a boat owner, it’s imperative to first educate yourself on what type of marine boat batteries you have and what condition they’re in. Next, you’ll want to learn how to take care of your batteries so they last as long a possible. This is part one of a three-part video and article series all
How are you doing with understanding your boat’s electrical systems? This is the first of a series of videos and articles where we’ll be exploring the basics of boating electrical systems. This is so that you can be in control which means that you’ll have a safer boat, save money, and easily troubleshoot common problems.
Many bluewater cruisers are now taking the opportunity to swap out their old lead-acid or gel batteries for lithium batteries. Why a lithium battery install? The advantages are many. Read on and make sure to watch the video too! You get more output for the same space (at least double the power in the same
Here’s the scoop on our solar power installation on a sailboat – Sailboat Britican. We are five years into our liveaboard lifestyle and we still cannot say we are experts about the power systems on our boat. But it has been enough time for us to determine that a solar power installation was in need.