Charleston Sail and Power Squadron will be teaching Marine Electrical Systems starting 25
September (Tuesday) at 1830 (6:30 PM) in our club house (1376 Orange Grove Road in West
Ashley). After completing this class you should be able to make simple additions and repairs to
your boat’s electrical systems. Approximately 90% of electrical problems on recreational
vessels can be corrected by using the techniques covered in this course.
Let SEO Chad Wilber know if you will be taking this class; his e-mail is CWilber2@aol.com.
Please be there 15 minutes early for the first class for fee payment, book issue, etc. Tim Taylor,
JN who works full time building and repairing recreational boats, who is also ABYC certified,
will be the lead instructor, P/C Harl Porter, SN, who was the principal author of this USPS
course, will also be teaching. Cost of class is $65 for squadron members and $100 for non
members. Class is seven weeks long (starting on 25 Sep); the last class (6 Nov) will be a review
followed by the exam.
Topics covered include: Properties of Electricity, Boat Electrical Wiring, Direct Current
(Battery) Power, Alternating Current (Shore / Generator) Power), Galvanic and Stray-Current
Corrosion, Lightning Protection, and Troubleshooting and Repair. In addition to the Student
Text, a CD will be provided containing all classroom Power Point slides. Hands-on use of a
multimeter to test and troubleshoot electrical circuits will be covered. Class room PowerPoint
illustrations / pictures will be augmented with real “show and tell items” to permit student to see
and handle actual electrical systems components.