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This is a workshop for sailors who want to start to prepare the electrical systems of their boat for offshore. How will you create, store and use the electrical power you need: whether it be 12v or 110? Batteries, charging, wiring, backups, spares... Jeff Cote is a systems design engineer and is Western Canada's only NMEA instructor: so what electronics too do you want to be able to power up with while you are "out there"?!

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When: Saturday March 10, 2018
From 10:00 am until 4:30 pm
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Vancouver Maritime Museum: rear Discovery Centre room
1905 Ogden
Vancouver, British Columbia  V6J 1A3
Presenter: Jeff Cote
Contact: Shannon Rae

Online registration is available until: 2018-03-10
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for your yacht's Electrical System

with Jeff Cote


Saturday, March 10, 2018



Purpose & Benefits of Course:


A systems design engineer (BASc), Jeff is actively involved in the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) and is a member of its Certified Marine Electronics Technician development committee. As Western Canada's only NMEA instructor, he holds a NMEA advanced marine electronic installer certification; he also holds marine electrical certification through the American Boat and Yacht Council. Jeff is a certified installer of Raymarine and Garmin electronics.


We will look at the best options for preparing your boat's electrical systems for offshore!  What do you need to consider for batteries, charging, and power management overall when you are offshore?

We will look at all the key electrical components,  circuits and discuss electrical problems using a multi meter.  The goal is to work towards electrical system's self-sufficiency while offshore.


Course Content: 


Electrical Concepts & Theory


1. Offshore Preparation.

2. Batteries - Types of batteries /advantages and disadvantages, capacities, discharging, sizing battery banks, monitoring batteries 

3. Charging systems - Alternators/Wind/Solar/Gensets/Hydro/Shore Power

4. DC Distribution - Panels/Circuit Breakers/Fuses/Wire and wire sizing . . .

5. AC Distribution 

6. Tools of the trade and meters


Discussion of required Key Marine Electrical Components


·         Battery charger

·         Alternator

·         Regulator built into alternator and separate

·         Battery types house batteries cranking battery

·         Inverters and inverter/chargers

·         Charging of low voltage devices like phones and computers

·         Generators gas & diesel

·         Alternative energy sources solar panels, wind generator, tow generatoR

·         Relays anchor windlass and power winches

·         Lighting halogen lights vs LED lights


Offshore-capable Electrical Wiring


               -      Protecting from moisture crimps with heat shrink and black heat shrink 

·         Through deck fittings running wiring through the deck

·         How to secure wires zap straps and chafe protection

·         Labeling for troubleshooting and reference


Planning House Battery System Capacity

·         Understanding current draw (amps) from various electrical components

·         Battery capacity as measured in amp hours

·         Understanding actual available capacity from your batteries

·         How to estimate battery capacity based on boat's daily power demands


Electrical Trouble Shooting


·         How to use a multi-meter & jumpers

·         Understanding what a normal working circuit looks like

·         Open circuit broken wires and loose connectors

·         Short circuit how and why a fuse or circuit breaker blows

·         Corrosion problems and resistance how to check contacts and clean

·         Batteries how to test health of batteries




Jeff Cote from Pacific Yacht Systems


Dates & Times:


Saturday, March 10, 2018                   10:00 am – 4:30 pm


Maximum Class Size:


24 Participants




Vancouver Maritime Museum

1905 Ogden, Vancouver 



There is no food or drink to be brought through the museum to this rear event room at lunch: you may eat at the table if you have a bag lunch.


There will be no coffee service due to the carpeted area & the exhibits in close proximity.


Parking: Free!


Please pick up a parking pass when you arrive.


(for approximately $42, If you join as a member of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, you will receive free parking for one year! You will also receive free passes to events and other affiliate museums!)




Bluewater Cruising Members - $95.00


Non-members $135




There will be a $15.00 Fee if you cancel your registration

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