Your boat’s electrical system is its backbone. Most modern boats today rely on their electrical systems to power their essential equipment. Everything on your boat relies on electrical systems, from navigation systems to appliances and so much more. If your electrical system is not functioning properly, it could leave you stuck at the dock or, even worse, stuck on open water. Here are some tips on getting the most out of your marine electrical systems.
Maintain Your Electrical System Regularly
The best way to stay safe is never ignoring any signs that an electrical system problem may be developing. You do not want to risk your safety or the safety of others. Invest in routine marine electrical inspections to ensure your boat is running correctly and to save you money in the long run. Marine electrical systems are made to resist the damaging effects of the sun, ocean water, and more. However, they are still susceptible to damage if they are not serviced and repaired regularly.
It is recommended to get your electrical systems inspected at least once a year. A professional marine electrician can assess that your system is functioning properly and can fix any minor issues.
Don’t DIY Repairs
It can be tempting to want to repair any issues on your boat yourself. However, marine electrical repairs are best left to professionals. You do not want to make a minor problem worse by trying to fix it yourself. Marine electricians know the requirements for marine-grade equipment and materials, like fuses, cable and wiring, and the standards for installation and repair. Additionally, you do not want to hire non-specialized electricians to service your vessel. The electrician that re-wired your house may not have the same skill set as a marine electrician.
Be Able to Spot Potential Problems
It is important to be able to recognize any problems with your electrical system so that you can repair them quickly. Luckily, any issue with your electrical system will be pretty obvious. Some common issues to look out for include:
- Flickering lights or faulty power outlets
- The circuit breaker keeps tripping
- The engine does not start
- Malfunctioning radios, navigational equipment, or other appliances
- Failure to use A/C power when docked
Never ignore a possible fault in your boat’s electrical system. A minor issue now can turn into a big problem later. Properly inspecting and maintaining your electrical system prevents dangerous power failures and costly repairs.
Marine Electric Systems, LLC is a Leader In the Maritime Industry
We here at Marine Electric Systems have over 30 years of industry experience. You can trust our team for reliable service and expert craftsmanship in the Maryland, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Baltimore city areas! We’re highly certified and adhere to all ABYC and NMEA regulations. We specialize in top-notch electrical solutions for recreational, commercial, and government boating clients. Anything from electrical refits, to navigation systems, or boating maintenance. To stay up to date on our services, follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube. You can also contact us at 410-263-0807