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Boat system expert Nigel Calder talks about the proper design of marine electrical systems, troubleshooting and new emerging technologies.

When: Friday, March 23, 2018
10:00 am-6:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum, TK Gallery room
1905 Ogden Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia  V6J 1A3
Presenter: Nigel Calder
Contact: Shannon Rae

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Vancouver - Nigel Calder on Marine Electrical Systems

Friday, March 23, 2018   10:00 am - 6:30 pm

Vancouver Maritime Museum: TK Gallery

 Course Outline:

DC systems design, installation, optimization and troubleshooting

Contemporary boats are loaded with more and more electrical gear. Electrical systems are the number one cause of problems on boats that have anything more than a rudimentary electrical system. Typically, these problems are avoidable. Many are the result of inappropriate systems design which is then compounded by poor installation practices. In this seminar we will look at designing a DC system for an offshore cruising boat, which is the most demanding application. Those with less demanding applications will be able to scale back from this blueprint. Topics covered will also include:

·        Proper installation practices

·        Simple troubleshooting procedures

·        Emerging technologies that will radically impact boat electrical systems design and functionality

This seminar requires no prior knowledge. It will help you understand your own electrical systems and to nip many common problems in the bud. It will build your confidence when working on your electrical systems. Over the past three decades Nigel Calder has had a succession of boats with minimal electrical problems. If you follow his advice, you too will be able to create installations that function flawlessly for many years.

Instructor:  Nigel Calder

Nigel Calder got into motorcycles and sailing dinghies as a teenager, and has never been far from mechanical things and boats ever since.  In a varied career, before becoming a full-time sailing writer he worked on an automotive assembly line, in a foundry and machine shop, and on offshore oil production platforms.  He and his wife, Terrie, built a couple of 70-foot canal boats (on which they lived in Oxford), and a 39-foot Ingrid cutter. 

They then sailed a Pacific Seacraft 40 for 5 years, following which they had a Malo 45 built in Sweden. This was replaced by the same boat but with experimental electrical and propulsion systems. It was used by the European Union HYbrid MARine (HYMAR) project, of which Nigel was the Technical Director, for extensive testing of hybrid propulsion systems. Nigel is a member of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Electrical Project Technical Committee.

Nigel and Terrie have sailed in the North Sea, Scotland and points further north, the US east coast and Bahamas, and extensively in the Caribbean, with Pippin (now aged 28) and Paul (27) augmenting the crew along the way. 

Nigel is best known for his Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual, and his Marine Diesel Engines, both in their third editions, and both considered the definitive works in their field.  In addition to over 200 magazine articles, he has also authored a ‘Cruising Guide to the Northwest Caribbean’, ‘Cuba: A Cruising Guide’, ‘Nigel Calder’s Cruising Handbook’ and ‘How to Read a Nautical Chart’.  

Course Materials:

Books by Nigel Calder will be available for purchase in the seminar room.


Vancouver Maritime Museum: TK Gallery room

Date & Time:

Friday, March 23, 2018           10:00 am - 6:30 pm


Lunch can be purchased at nearby restaurants, or from a neat food truck that should attend during the lunch hour. Sit and look out at the classic boats at the museum's dock.

Maximum Class Size:

60 students


BCA Members  -  $165

Non-Members  -  $225

Cancellation Policy:

There is a $15 fee for cancellation processing. 

No cancellation 7 days or less from the course start date.

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