Basic Marine Electrical & Corrosion Mitigation
This online program is perfect for the person who is new to marine electricity. It will present the fundamentals of electrical theory as well as circuit types and designs. Test equipment including DVOM/Multimeter selection and use will be covered at length as well as interpretations of meter readings and what the implications and service procedures might be to eliminate problems. ABYC electrical standards that cover things like wiring, over-current protection, battery installation and wire termination are discussed in addition to shore power system basics and the standards that apply to them.
The program will also discuss the basics of marine corrosion. The types of corrosion are identified and how to measure for and mitigate corrosion related issues will be covered. Successful completers of this program will receive a certificate of completion
and 6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
Basic Marine Electrical and Corrosion Mitigation includes 9 Chapters (see below).
- Module 1: Understanding Marine Electricity
- Understanding Marine Electricity topics include: just what electricity is
- What some of the measurable components of electricity are
- How those components interact
- Understanding insulators and conductors
- How to select and use a digital multimeter
- The power equation
- Module 2: Understanding DC Circuits
- The six components of a circuit
- Basic wiring tools and materials
- Basic techniques for wiring and terminations
- The difference between series and parallel circuits
- Typical circuit faults
- Module 3: Working with DC Circuits
- Circuit protection, including one or two special problems to look out for
- Determining the wire size for your DC circuits
- Wiring diagrams, including the components of good diagrams and how to read them yourself
- Identify accepted color codes and labeling techniques
- Also includes video tours of boats that demonstrate some of these best practices in action.
- Module 4: Marine Batteries
- Types of Marine Batteries
- Battery Applications
- Battery Safety
- Battery Installations
- Battery Testing
- Module 5: Installing DC Equipment
- Battery-charging alternators
- Starter circuits
- Analog engine instruments
- DC electrical equipment
- DC electronics
- Module 6: Working with AC Circuits
- Basic safety practices for working with alternating current (AC)
- Definitions related to AC
- Techniques for selecting wire for AC circuits
- Basic methods for measuring AC electricity.
- Module 7: Understanding AC Power Sources
- AC load analysis for your boat.
- Common sources of AC power
- Shore power, generators (gensets), and inverters.
- Module 8: Troubleshooting AC Circuits
- Common AC measurements
- Circuit analyzers
- Testing Continuity
- Testing for Neutral-Ground connections
- Measuring frequency
- Module 9: Preventing Marine Corrosion
- Four types of marine corrosion
- The causes of galvanic corrosion
- The causes of electrolytic corrosion
- Techniques to prevent galvanic corrosion
- Techniques to prevent electrolytic corrosion
ABYC Education VP (Retired)
Ed has been actively involved in the education business for over 35 years. He recently retired from ABYC where he was the Vice President of Education. Ed is a frequent contributor of technical articles for periodicals such as Boating, Boat US Magazine, Cruising World, and Marine Electronics Journal. Earlier in his career he was a frequent contributor to Professional Boat Builder magazine. His work has earned him multiple awards with Boating Writers International. Ed is the author of 4 best-selling marine trade titles and co-authored the ABYC textbook, “Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology.” He is the past chairman of the Marine Technology department at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) in Warwick, RI. Ed has developed curriculum for NEIT, The International Yacht Restoration School IYRS, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the US Navy as well as the ABYC. He is an avid fly fisherman in both fresh and salt water and fountain pen aficionado.
ABYC Lead Instructor
American Boat and Yacht Council, Inc.
Mike Bonicker worked with Tidewater Yacht Service in Baltimore for over 20 years, starting as a tech for 5 years doing general repair, electrical and sailboat rigging. He climbed the ranks and became production manager for the remaining 15, still doing hands-on electrical and sailboat rigging work throughout his tenure.
He received his first ABYC certification, Electrical, under the instruction of Ed Sherman at New England Institute of Technology in 2000 and became a Master Tech with Standards and Corrosion by 2005.
Additionally, he has served with pride on the board of the Marine Trades Association of Maryland for over 12 years.
Boating started as a teenager for Mike when he learned to sail at 13 and raced for over 20 years and he's been a life-long fisherman from the age of 5 owning several boats both sail and power along the way.
Mike can be reached at:
- (410) 990-4460 x121
American Boat & Yacht Council
Tim Murphy is the author of Adventurous Use of the Sea (Seapoint Books, 2022) and with Ed Sherman co-author of ABYC’s Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology (2012). He is a Cruising World editor-at-large and longtime Boat of the Year judge at the Annapolis Sailboat Show each Fall, as well as a BoatUS contributing writer. He sails his 1988 Passport 40 Billy Pilgrim out of Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Education Development Manager
Matt began his tenure at ABYC in 2012 in the technical department managing many of ABYC standards and their associated review committees. Having an extensive background in photgraphy and multimedia development, he was a perfect fit for a new position developing educational content including online learning courses. He spends most of his days behind a camera, editing video or developing online learning courses and is the principle developer of the ABYC Online Learning Program.
Matt loves spending time with his family, boating, RVing, tinkering with tractors and relaxing in his backyard jungle gym.
He can be reached at:
- (410) 990-4460 x116