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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.

Sparkman and Stephens Yawl "Bolero"

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 10/30/2013 to Projects
BoleroThis 73 ft Yawl "Bolero" designed by Sparkman and Stephens and originally launched in 1949 was the first major electrical refit project undertaken by Peter Kennedy Yacht Services.

Digital Multimeter

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 10/29/2013 to Tools and Equipment
Digital multimeterI use this Blue Sea Systems digital multimeter as my every day meter. It does almost everything I need. I also have a couple of other meters for specialized uses but this is what lives in my toolbox and gets used every single day

USCG standards for Electrical Systems on boats

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 10/28/2013 to Electrical Standards
Federal Regulations on electrical systems for boats are covered by 33 CFR 183.401-460. The regulations, although mandatory, are somewhat limited in scope. They are available for free online:  33 C.F.R. PART 183—BOATS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT  In addition the ABYC has published a booklet explaining and simplifying the rules. What follows here is a brief discussion of the material covered by the regulations, please see the disclaimer at the end.

An outline of ABYC Standards for Electrical Systems

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 10/23/2013 to Electrical Standards
This is an outline review of the ABYC standards relating to Electrical Systems. It just highlights the subject area of each standard. Further Blog Posts will delve into the details of the standards. The ABYC standards are a voluntary set of standards written and maintained by the American Boat and Yacht Council. They cover the design, manufacture and outfitting of small craft built in the US and compliment the compulsory standards written by the US Coast Guard. Each ABYC standard is updated every five years.  The USCG standards are covered in a separate Blog post.

ABYC standard for installation and wiring

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 10/22/2013 to Electrical Standards
ABYC standard E11 covers AC and DC wiring on boats. In this post we are going to look at one small part of the standard relating to installation. In particular this standard refers to how electrical conductors should be routed and supported. In the standard its referred to as 11.14.6 Installation-General

Simple AC circuit tester

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 10/20/2013 to Safety
AC circuit testerI carry this simple and inexpensive AC circuit tester on every job too

Non Contact AC Voltage detector

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 10/19/2013 to Safety
I carry this little gizmo on every job I go onFluke non contact AC Voltage detector

40ft Sailboat custom panel

Posted by Administrator on 10/19/2013 to Circuit Breaker Panels
Custom 360 PanelThis panel was designed for a 40 ft. sailboat. It was designed by PKYS in conjunction with the owner who installed it all by himself.

Custom AC/DC powerboat panel example

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 10/19/2013 to Circuit Breaker Panels
Custom poweboat panel This boat from Annapolis MD got a new Blue Sea Systems custom 360-Series AC/DC Panel. It was supplied by PKYS and installed by Yacht Electronic Systems.

A simple 230 Volt AC panel example

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 10/19/2013 to Circuit Breaker Panels
Custom PanelBlue Sea Systems Custom 360-Series Circuit Breaker Panels.

This is a very simple 230 Volt AC panel that was shipped to New Zealand. The boat owner already had a single 360-Series panel on board which he liked so much he decided to redo the entire AC system and so this panel has a blank which will be replaced by his existing panel.