The Boat Electrical Systems (Design and Installation) is our new and expanded electrical course.
Aimed at those people who are keen to do some refitting work or a complete fit out of a sail-away the course offers a practical introduction to the design, materials, tools and techniques of projects that are within the reach of people who have little hands on experience of this type of work.
The course offers a practical introduction to all the skills necessary to design and install all of the electrical systems on a narrowboat. Whenever possible we spend a high proportion of the course “on the tools” giving students a chance to improve their skills.
Because we know that a course like this is only the beginning of a self build we encourage students to contact their instructor afterwards when they are actually in the build if the have any questions or need advice.
This course is another one of our Boat Building suite of courses which include: Boat Fitting (First Stage), Boat Fitting (second Stage) , Boat Electric Systems (Design and Installation) and Boat Plumbing Heating and Engine Installation.
This course can be booked individually, however if you book two or more courses at the same time they attract a significant discount.
The Boat Electrical Systems (design and Installation) course includes:
RCD and BSS requirements
Basic electrical theory i.e.
Calculation of voltage drop and wire sizes.
Comparison of 12 and 24v systems
12 / 24v Domestic Circuit design i.e.
breakers and fuses
12 / 24v Engine room design i.e.
battery types and sizes
240v Circuit Design
Cable termination and labelling
Battery Selection and installation
Alternate energy sources selection and installation i.e.
Generators and travel packs
Selection and installation of Inverters, chargers and Combi’s
Practical circuit installation i.e.
Testing and fault finding.
Information and control systems Masterbus and VEbus
Generators, selection and installation
Split charging, multiple alternators
Firstly the Boat Electrical Systems (Design and Installation) course covers the design of the most common systems on the boat to ensure that they meet both RCD and BSS requirements as well as meeting the best practices currently available. Secondly with plenty of practical fabrication exercises the course will equip the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to tackle the majority of electrical tasks on a boat.
Students are provided with a PDF copy of all teaching materials used
Hot and cold drinks are available throughout the day and a light lunch is also provided. Please inform us in advance if you have any special dietary requirements.