Whether you own a large yacht or just a simple fishing boat, it is essential that you understand the importance of maintaining your boat’s electrical systems. Each vessel on the water likely has multiple electrical systems for different purposes. These systems are necessary for safety, powering the engine, navigation, and more. It is crucial to maintain your boat’s electrical systems regularly to keep them in good working condition. Here are some tips for maintaining the electrical systems on your boat.
Corrosion of the electrical wires is every boater’s worst nightmare. It is essential that you learn how to identify corrosion and how to fix it. Saltwater and salty sea air can be very corrosive, especially to wires and electrical components. Be sure to regularly inspect for any corroded, exposed, or otherwise damaged wires consistently, as this can cause fires, system failures, or other catastrophic accidents.
Replace Battery Cables
Your marine battery is the life source of your boat. So, it would help if you made sure that your batteries, and their cables, are all in good working condition. Like other electrical wires, battery cables can become corroded or suffer other types of damage. And, most of this damage is not easily identified with the naked eye. Replacing your battery cable is an easy way to maintain your electrical system, especially when the systems require cables that are built specifically for the marine environment.
Store Your Battery Properly
If you are not planning to use your boat for a long time, it is important to store it properly. Before you store your boat, be sure to give the battery a good and thorough cleaning. If possible, keep it somewhere that is dry and temperature-controlled. It is a good idea to ensure the battery is fully charged before storing it away. Following these steps can help make a difference when you use the boat battery for the first time after storing it.
Schedule an Inspection
While it is useful to check all electrical systems yourself, you should still periodically hire a professional to inspect your boat. Electrical malfunctions can cause significant issues to your vessel and can be a safety risk. There are some aspects of marine electronics that are best left to professionals. We here at Marine Electric Systems have decades of experience in installing, maintaining, and repairing all types of marine electronics. Reach out to us today to learn more!
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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.