MORE WIRING FAILS
Not long ago, a study of the BoatU.S.
Marine Insurance claim files revealed
that wiring faults are responsible for
most boat fires. This example, complete with electrical tape and wire-nut
connections, is ripe for a major fault,
which is likely to start a fire. Even if it
doesn’t, imagine trying to troubleshoot
an intermittent electrical fault with this
as your guide.
Gasoline leaks are not something to take
lightly. Even a small dribble generates
enough fumes to cause an explosion,
which is why we’re constantly reminding
you to inspect your fuel system regularly
(a thorough examination every spring
and a quick look a few times a season).
This picture conveys both good news
and bad news. The good news is that
after discovering a leak in his fuel tank,
One more thing:
ing the hoses was
a good idea, the
owner used Type
A2 hoses, but Type
A1 hoses are far sturdier and will give
the owner more time to fight a fire or
abandon ship because they burn slower.
If you were walking down the dock
and saw this shore-power pedestal, you
might just shake your head and keep
going. But the right thing to do is alert
the marina that something’s not right.
In this case, someone didn’t have a
proper shore-power cord, so he or she
simply cut the ends off an extension
cord and jammed the bare wires into
the receptacle, before “tidying up” the
job with some tape. Worse, the culprit
completely ignored the ground wire,
which is designed to protect people from
electrocution – something all too likely
to happen with this “installation.” If you
see some creative shore-power setups,
notify marina management right away.