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Annapolis, MD
Sun Oct 13th, 2024
1 PM - 4 PM ET
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Practical Electrical Systems Troubleshooting For Boaters

Join Nigel Calder, founder of BoatHowTo.com and author of the best-selling Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual, during the 2024 Annapolis Sailboat Show for a live seminar geared towards identifying and fixing common electrical issues on boats. Gain confidence in maintaining your boat's electrical systems and potentially save on costly service calls.
Live 3 Hour Seminar
Hosted By Nigel Calder
Live Q&A
Electrical systems issues can often plague modern boats and, more often than not, these problems stem from installation errors. During this live seminar Nigel Calder, a renowned expert with decades of experience in marine electrical systems, will outline step-by-step troubleshooting techniques that can be safely conducted by any boat owner, including how to use a multimeter. Learn how to diagnose premature battery and system failures by performing simple troubleshooting techniques, which help rapidly identify the majority of electrical problems seen on boats. This live seminar is the perfect opportunity to learn from one of the industry's leading authorities how to enhance your electrical troubleshooting techniques - attendees will likely save the price of admission by avoiding costly service calls!
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Practical Electrical Systems Troubleshooting For Boaters

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Who is this class for?

The ability to track down and diagnose problems is an increasingly essential skill for boaters, especially those who intend to venture any distance from the dock! Ideal for anyone involved with boats, whether you're considering a purchase, already own a vessel, or frequently charter boats, this live seminar will help you gain the skills and knowledge to confidently diagnose and address electrical issues independently, enhancing your boating experience and ensuring peace of mind on the water.

What Will I Learn?

Gain invaluable insights into tracking down and diagnosing electrical system problems on boats, while learning how to effectively prevent premature battery and system failures. From understanding wiring diagrams to troubleshooting common issues like short circuits and faulty connections, this live seminar will equip you with practical techniques for effective electrical system problem-solving. Learn simple yet effective methods to address electrical issues while keeping your boat's systems running smoothly. This live seminar aims to boost the confidence of boaters facing today’s increasingly electrically-loaded and complicated vessels.

This class is designed for the inexperienced (no prior knowledge is required), although it will be challenging for some; familiarity with volts, amps, and ohms will make the learning experience easier.

 

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TOPICS COVERED

PART 1 AVAILABLE ON DEMAND

(included with purchase)
  • Essential Installation Requirements to Prevent Premature Battery Failure
  • Mechanisms to See if Batteries are Being Properly Maintained
  • Identifying (and fixing) Common Electrical Systems Installation Mistakes
  • Physical Inspections
  • Core Multimeter Functions
  • Essential Multimeter Troubleshooting Concepts
  • Applying these Concepts to Real-World Problems
  • Voltage, Voltage Drop, Amperage and Resistance Testing
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YOUR HOST

NIGEL CALDER
Founder, BoatHowTo.com
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Nigel Calder and his wife, Terrie, have built or owned a succession of boats on which they have cruised extensively in the Caribbean, the U.S. and Europe with Pippin (now aged 38) and Paul (37) augmenting the crew along the way. For decades Nigel has experimented with advanced electrical and propulsion systems, with funding from the European Union, the UK government, and a large U.S. corporation. Nigel has partnered with OceanPlanet Energy in Bath, Maine, to continue development of advanced solar panels, alternators and controllers.
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Nigel is a thirty-year veteran of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) which writes the standards for recreational boat electrical systems. He is best known for his Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual, now in its 4th edition, and his Marine Diesel Engines, in its 3rd edition. In addition to hundreds of magazine articles, he has also authored a Cruising Guide to the Northwest Caribbean, Cuba: A Cruising Guide, Nigel Calder’s Cruising Handbook, How to Read a Nautical Chart, and a memoir of his family’s first long cruise titled Shakedown Cruise. His most recent venture is a partnership to provide detailed and accurate online marine technical education at www.BoatHowTo.com. Currently available are courses in Basic Marine Electrics (BE 101) and Advanced Marine Electrics. Just released is a course on Diesel Engine Maintenance.
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