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VI Victoria 2018 - Electrical Skills for Cruisers

Interested in electricity and electronics in a boating environment? Learn about safety, skills and theory to help troubleshoot and fix common electrical problems on your boat in a non-intimidating manner, with hands-on exercises to reinforce learning and improving your skills. A practical course taught by BCA member Bjarne Hansen for the admiral, skipper, first mate and/or other crew aboard your vessel.

When: Saturday, October 13, 2018
1000h - 1500h
Where: Shoal Activity Centre (Craft Room)
10030 Resthaven Dr
Sidney, British Columbia  V8L 3G4
Presenter: Bjarne Hansen
Contact: Lionel Dobson

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Course Information:
This course is intended for any cruising member, not just the skipper, who wants to learn more about electricity and electronics in the boating environment.  Instructor Bjarne Hansen will focus on safety, skills and theory to help you troubleshoot and fix common electrical problems on your boat. A non-intimidating lecture with lots of examples will be followed by practical exercises to help reinforce the materials and improve skills.

An interest in electricity and boats.  Some practical exercises will employ basic tools that you can purchase prior to the course, or may already have; a list of these will be provided before the course. A limited number of "loaner" tools will also be available.

Course Topics:

- Volts, Amps, Watts

- Usually low voltage
- Exceptions: radar (old), HF radio, inverter spark/ignition coils, shore power
- Fuses and GFI

- Cutters crimpers, soldering iron, shrink tubing
- Wire, connectors (including replacement for cigarette lighter)
- Meter: VOM, inline USB

- How electricity flows
- Power - Demonstration using battery and light
- Calculating wire gauge

- Using senses (smell, temperature, visual), meters and tracer
- Practical exercises

Specific Applications
- Alternators
- Laptop chargers
- Battery selector switch
- Radio antennas: connectors, coax
- Data: NMEA and Raymarine; NMEA-0183 vs NMEA-2000 vs OneNet

- Soldering and crimping
- Wiring diagrams and labeling
- Handling ESD sensitive electronics

Power Budget
- Spreadsheet
- Determining consumption: clamp-on ammeter, nameplates

Energy Generation and Storage
- Battery types
- Charging systems
- Solar panels

Supplies and Resources
- Solar panels, LEDs
- Tools
- Online resources

Jury-Rigging / Field Repairs
- Antenna
- Charging

Bjarne Hansen trained as an Electrical Engineer and early in his career worked with radar, radio and other airfield equipment in the RCAF. More recently, he has been designing medical equipment at a local engineering firm.  A BCA member since 2003, Bjarne cruised the South Pacific for two years and currently spends winters sailing with Barb in the Golfo de California, Mexico.

BCA Members: $60
Non-members: $80

Maximum Class Size:
20 participants

Food is available in the onsite cafeteria at a very reasonable price.

A $15 processing fee will be charged in the event of participant cancellation.

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