Battery Charging Systems
Virtually all boats have a battery on board and that battery needs to be charged throughout its lifecycle to keep up with electrical demands. The most common ways to charge batteries are with an AC powered charger and the engine driven alternator. Join Mike Bonicker as he dives deep into the nuances of how these work, how they are set up and how to properly install and maintain them on a boat.
- Ratings and charging capacities
- Charger Types
- Alternator operation
- Battery Isolators / Automatic Charging Relays
- Applicable ABYC Standards
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