Hidden Maintenance Problems: Part 3 – Gremlins in the Electrics

What are the most problem-prone parts of your boat’s electronic system? Learn which places need your maintenance attention so you can keep your batteries charged.


The final area for hidden maintenance problems that I want to cover is the boat’s electrical system. Most modern boats rely heavily on their electrical systems, and some don’t carry adequate backup systems. What constitutes an “adequate backup system” could be a whole other article so I am not going to get into that debate. Suffice it to say, for most boats the electrical system is a key to running the boat, so we need to know its main hidden vulnerabilities.

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Roland Stockham
Roland Stockham got his start sailing Olympic-class 470s and Finns in his native England. He started his journey as a voyager crewing for yacht owners sailing to Europe because he was handy at diesel repair. His first cruising boat was a 26-ft. Folkboat with no engine. He lives in British Columbia and sails a 35-ft. Colin Archer design. He is a Royal Yachting Association certified Yacht Master and is qualified to make trans-oceanic deliveries.