Duncan spent many years working on boats, in fact it was his love of boats and his experience of boat maintenance that led to Central Coast Sparky being formed. Inevitably, the business has become more domestic focussed, however Duncan's real passion is still marine and his knowledge and experience in this sector is worthy of a phone call if you have any marine electronic issues.
First and foremost, marine electrics operate in a completely different environment than domestic electrics. Water, salt, and humidity all create a corrosive environment that can damage electrical systems if they are not designed and installed correctly. Marine electrical systems must be designed to withstand these harsh conditions, and materials used must be corrosion-resistant and water-tight. Electrical systems on boats and yachts must also be designed to be as lightweight as possible, while still providing enough power to operate all necessary equipment.
Another major difference between marine and domestic electrics is the power supply. Boats and yachts typically have DC power systems, while homes and buildings are typically powered by AC systems. DC systems require different wiring and components than AC systems, and the wiring must be designed to handle high levels of voltage drop. Marine electrical systems must be designed to handle differences in power supply that are common on boats, for example, when the boat is under motor or sail, or powered by generator or solar.
In addition to the differences in the physical environment and power supply, marine electrics also have different safety requirements than domestic electrics. For example, boats and yachts must have special grounding systems to prevent electric shocks, as well as GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets to protect against electrical shocks in wet environments.
Overall, marine electrics require specialised knowledge and skills that go beyond what is required for domestic electrics. That’s why it’s important to choose an electrician with experience and expertise in marine electrics when working on boats and yachts.
Duncan has the knowledge and expertise needed to design and install safe and reliable marine electrical systems that meet all necessary requirements. He also has a wealth of experience which can help with fault finding and resolving any pre existing issues