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Managing Power on Board: Balancing Your Energy Needs with Michael Beemer

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Managing Power on Board: Balancing Your Energy Needs with Michael Beemer

There are many new choices for generating and managing power on your boat – solar cells, fuel cells, high-output alternators and of course – a genset. Did you know a genset on your boat is the most expensive power you can buy? You might be able to manage all your power requirements with your engine/alternator and solar cells.

Our needs for power on our boats have became higher. Computers, tablets and iPhone chargers, microwave ovens, music systems and even the Instant Pot may be expected to run off a modern boat’s electrical system. Many vessels don’t have a “balanced electrical system” that performs properly, has reliability, and is designed to last. This course is designed to help you understand how to design, check, maintain, and upgrade your electrical system to match the power requirements on your boat.

  • First, understand the typical power demands a modern electrical system supports
  • Management of power onboard a cruising vessel
  • Sizing of power storage systems
  • Monitoring your electrical system
  • Upgrading your system, where to put your money
  • Alternate ways to create electricity

After taking this course, you will become the ‘master’ of the energy equation onboard your cruising vessel.

Michael Beemer is the department chair for Skagit Valley College’s marine maintenance and repair program. Michael has been presenting and teaching professionally for almost 20 years and holds a master’s degree in education. At the college he teaches all the systems courses, including ABYC certifications. He and his wife have cruised extensively from Anacortes to southeast Alaska for many years on their motor-sailer. In the cruising community, Michael is well known as “The Boat Doctor” who can diagnose and fix almost anything on a vessel. Some of the many topics he has done include: diesel engines, electrical systems, solar, new battery technologies, extended inside passage cruising, and more.

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