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Friday, September 8 • 8:00am - 3:00pm
Boat Electrical Systems Design, Installation, and Troubleshooting: a 6 hour-workshop (Extra fee)

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Nigel Calder details installation requirements and safety standards in electrical systems and shows troubleshooting techniques for common electrical problems.

Electrical systems are now the number one cause of problems on boats that have anything more than rudimentary electronics. Most problems can be traced to inadequate design and/or poor installation. Tech guru Nigel Calder, author of the best-selling Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual (now in its fourth edition) will begin with a description of key design criteria that must be met if a DC system is to meet the needs of the boat owner. In the process, he will reference some of the newer technologies that are likely to transform the performance of electrical systems in the coming years. Then he will delve into basic installation requirements that comply with boatbuilding and safety standards, but which unfortunately are often not met; Calder has numerous examples from brand-new boats! This includes the important and often neglected provision of adequate over-current protection. We will round out the day by looking at simple multimeter troubleshooting techniques that can be safely conducted by any boat owner. This seminar is designed for the inexperienced and requires no prior knowledge, although it will be challenging for some. It will help you understand your own electrical systems and to nip many common problems in the bud. Attendees will come away with an understanding of core design and installation requirements and the ability to perform simple troubleshooting techniques that will enable the majority of electrical problems to be rapidly identified. The overarching goal is to raise the confidence levels of boat owners with today’s increasingly electrically-loaded and complicated boats.
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Nigel Calder

Calder Marine Enterprises
Nigel Calder is best known for his Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual and Marine Diesel Engines, both considered definitive works. In addition to hundreds of magazine articles, he has also authored A Cruising Guide to the Northwest Caribbean, Cuba: A Cruising Guide, Nigel... Read More →

Friday September 8, 2023 8:00am - 3:00pm PDT
Technical Stage