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Getting Your Boat Ready to Launch: Electrical Systems

Getting Your Boat Ready to Launch: Electrical Systems

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Each spring we try to get you started on a mental to-do list of items that should be reviewed before your boat hits the water. This week, let’s think about taking care of your boat’s electrical systems.
 
You rely on your boat’s electrical system to run lights, electronics, appliances, pumps and gauges – and to start the engine – so annual servicing is critical. This spring someone, either you or your boatyard, should:
— Clean D/C positive and negative wiring connections, batteries, fuse blocks, circuit protection and engines
— Remove starter, inspect for corrosion, service all terminal connections and grease bendix
— Inspect alternator for signs of corrosion, check and service all terminal connections
— Check and, if necessary replace alternator V-belt. Ensure proper alignment and tension
— Disconnect and clean any corrosion from both ends of engine instrument harness connections
— Clean and seal all bonding connections, replace compromised terminal ends
— Service nav light sockets and install bulbs in dielectric grease
— Check navigational gear for software updates and all connections for antenna and power inputs
— Inspect A/C wiring from shore inlet to battery charger, circuit protection through to ground fault protections.

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