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Making and Storing Power at Sea

Brent Alley

Esquimalt Gorge Park Pavilion, 1070 Tillicum Rd, Victoria, BC

18 Feb 2023 09:00 – 12:00  

Members $45 / Non-Members $60

Bjarne Hansen

This three hour seminar course is for any cruising crew, not just skippers, wanting to learn more about marine systems for electrical power generation and storage.

It focuses on safety, theory, and best-practices to help you understand, select, and troubleshoot the major electrical generation and storage components seen on sailboats. The lecture portion uses slides as well as several show-and-tell items to present the material in a non-intimidating manner with lots of examples.

Particular topics include:

  • solar panels and charge controllers
  • lead-acid and lithium batteries
  • alternators
  • power budgets
  • measuring instruments, and
  • troubleshooting approaches


Bjarne Hansen trained as an electrical engineer and early in his career worked with radar, radio, and other airfield equipment in the RCAF. More recently, he has been designing medical equipment at a local engineering firm. A BCA member since 2003, Bjarne cruised the South Pacific for two years in 2004 – 2006 and spent winters 2015 – 2019 sailing with Barb in Mexico.

For More Information and to Register – Click Here


  1. Anya Codack says:

    Hi, will you be offering this seminar on zoom as well or just in person?

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