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Peter Kennedy has been in  business since 1991 designing, installing and servicing marine electrical systems. The purpose of this blog is to offer support to both professional installers and  do-it-yourself boat owners who wish to undertake this work themselves.

Peter Kennedy has been in  business since 1991 designing, installing and servicing marine electrical systems. The purpose of this blog is to offer support to both professional installers and  do-it-yourself boat owners who wish to undertake this work themselves.

How to deal with a boat that is tripping the dock Ground Fault circuit breaker

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 6/11/2019 to Circuit Protection
Recently boaters have been coming across docks fitted with ground fault circuit breakers on their shore power receptacles.  This is in accordance with the latest edition of the National Electrical Code and applies to all new construction.  Eventually, as docks get rebuilt, all docks will be wired to this standard.  Unfortunately for some boaters their boats are having a hard time using these receptacles because they trip immediately on switching on the power.  This article is an attempt to explain what this is all about and what can be done about it.

Troubleshooting your Alternator

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 7/13/2018 to Alternators
Troubleshooting your alternator

Has your alternator stopped working? Often the tachometer will stop too. First check the drive belt to see that the alternator is turning. Here are some other troubleshooting tips

Victron MPPT solar charger error codes explained

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 6/15/2017 to Troubleshooting
Error codes explained - Victron Energy MPPT solar charge controllers

Help with interpreting Amp Hour Readings

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 11/14/2016 to Battery Monitoring
I'm getting weird reading from my Victron BMV amp hour meter. The readings don't seem to relate to what I think is happening. HELP !

ABYC standard for ELCI's explained

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 11/12/2015 to ELCI's
ABYC standard for ELCI's explained
We all know that electricity and water don't mix.  What we may not be aware of is how many drownings occur every year because of electrical current in the water.  The new ABYC standard requiring ELCI circuit breakers on shore power service to boats is an attempt to reduce the amount of stray electrical current in the water - read below for an explanation of what this is all about.