What is a boat transformer?

Boat transformers take the marina’s unpredictable (and often faulty) AC shore power and transform it into a clean onboard power source. The transformer physically disconnects the wiring in the boat from the shore power.

Does my boat need a galvanic isolator?

If your boat is plugged into a dock regularly, you need a galvanic isolator (or an isolation transformer). If you have an older boat with an isolator installed, you should have a marine electrician test it to ensure that it is functioning properly and that it meets current standards that apply.

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What is the difference between a galvanic isolator and an isolation transformer?

Of your two choices, Galvanic Isolators are inexpensive and simple to install but could fail thus requiring regular checking. Isolation Transformers are far more expensive and very heavy but almost never fail.

Where do I put galvanic isolator?

The galvanic isolator is connected between the internal grounding system on your boat and the ground lead of the shore power cable(s).

What does a galvanic isolator do on a boat?

The function of the Galvanic Isolator is to provide AC continuity of the grounding conductor (required for safety in the event of an AC fault) and to block the flow of corrosion-causing galvanic current.

Why do I need a galvanic isolator?

A galvanic isolator does offer protection from stray currents & galvanic currents which attack your boat via the shore power earth cable. These currents can transmit from other boats, metal pontoons & leaks on the 240 volt systems in the marina.

How do you install a galvanic isolator on a boat?

Should you black the bottom of a narrowboat?

Maintaining your boat’s hull is vital to avoid expensive steel damage and blacking with 2 coats of SML Bitumen every 2 to 3 years provides excellent protection for the bottom of your boat.

How long does a narrowboat hull last?

There are two types of coatings which can be used to protect the hull, Bituminous and Two Pack Epoxy. Epoxy paint is more expensive but it will last 5 – 6 years once applied and a Bitumen finished coating will last around 2 – 3 years.

How often should you black a narrowboat?

Some people opt to have it re-done every 12 – 18 months, where others will leave it 3 – 5 years. If you can afford to do it more often, there is no harm in doing so and your boat will benefit from it.

How do I stop my narrowboat pitting?

As surveyors we often see deep pitting up to 3mm in narrow boat plating. Normally caused by galvanic corrosion it can be prevented by installing a galvanic isolator and if you’re a live aboard with access to shore power an isolation transformer.

Why do Narrowboats have anodes?

Anodes are commonly used to help protect the hull in the case of galvanic corrosion caused by electrical current flowing between connections and between dissimilar metals.

How much does it cost to run a narrowboat in the UK?

This varies depending on your boat’s size and location, but you’re looking at roughly between £3,000 to £18,000 per annum. You’ll also have to budget for your regular Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) certificate every four years. This generally costs around £180.

How much does a narrowboat Licence cost?

Boat licences and fees

You usually need a boat licence. This costs around £500 to £1,000 per year and gives you permission to use the waterways. You must display the licence on both sides of your boat.

How long does 2 pack epoxy last?

Two Pack Epoxy generally comes with a “guarantee” of between 4 and 10 years, however as the coating is likely to be damaged by abrasion or collision any recoating time recommendation is subjective.

How long is boat blacking?

Typically it takes 4 – 5 days to black a boat if it has just 2 coats of bitumen applied. The first day involves dry docking the boat or using a crane to lift it out of the water and then pressure washing the hull. Day two is when the first coat is applied, which is left for 24 hours to dry.