Vancouver Maritime Museum, TK Gallery
23 Mar 2018 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Members $165 / Non-Members $225
Nigel Calder, Boat Systems Expert
Boat systems expert, Nigel Calder, talks about the proper design of marine electrical systems, troubleshooting and new emerging technologies.
DC systems design, installation, optimization and troubleshooting
Contemporary boats are loaded with more and more electrical gear. Electrical systems are the number one cause of problems on boats that have anything more than a rudimentary electrical system. Typically, these problems are avoidable. Many are the result of inappropriate systems design which is then compounded by poor installation practices. In this seminar we will look at designing a DC system for an offshore cruising boat, which is the most demanding application. Those with less demanding applications will be able to scale back from this blueprint. Topics covered will also include:
- Proper installation practices
- Simple troubleshooting procedures
- Emerging technologies that will radically impact boat electrical systems design and functionality
This seminar requires no prior knowledge. It will help you understand your own electrical systems and to nip many common problems in the bud. It will build your confidence when working on your electrical systems. Over the past three decades Nigel Calder has had a succession of boats with minimal electrical problems. If you follow his advice, you too will be able to create installations that function flawlessly for many years.
About the Instructor
Nigel Calder is best known for his books Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual, and Marine Diesel Engines, both in their third editions, and both considered the definitive works in their field. In addition to over 200 magazine articles, he has also authored a ‘Cruising Guide to the Northwest Caribbean’, ‘Cuba: A Cruising Guide’, ‘Nigel Calder’s Cruising Handbook’ and ‘How to Read a Nautical Chart’.