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Preventing Electrical Shocks Around Water!

Boat ElectricsA number of my boating friends are from America and spend time in Greek waters. So when I came across a news release from the US-based, safeelectricity.org on how to help to prevent electrical shocks while boating, I became interested.

SafeElectricity.org says that every year there are horrific fatal electrocutions. In July 2012 for instance, a 26-year-old woman was swimming in the Lake of the Ozarks, touched an energized dock ladder and died of electrocution as did two boys in Tennessee in the same month. The boys aged 10 and 11, lost their lives while swimming between house boats on Cherokee Lake, a result of on-board generator current apparently entering the water through frayed wires beneath the boat.

An important step in preventing such tragedies is to ensure proper installation and maintenance of boat and dock electrical equipment. As Molly Hall, executive director of Safe Electricity puts it, "Take the time to inspect all of the electrical systems on or near the water. You wouldn't put your boat in the lake with a leak in it, so make sure all other aspects of the boat and its operations are safe."

While the below recommendations are specific to boating and sailing in the United States, the advice is applicable to all boaters and yachtsmen who should follow national laws in the port your vessel is located at a given time.


Specific Safe Electricty Guidance/Advice


The specific advice from Safe Electricity is given in conjunction with the American Boat and Yacht Council and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers/National Electrical Contractors Association:

  • At a minimum, all electrical installations should comply with articles 553 (residential docks) and 555 (commercial docks) of the 2011 National Electrical Code which mandates a GFCI on all dock receptacles. A GFCI measures the current in a circuit. An imbalance of that current, such as a discharge into the water, will trip the GFCI and cut off power.
  • The GFCI should be tested at least once a month or per the manufacturer's specifications. The GFCI should be located somewhere along the ramp to the dock so it can be easily found and tested by local fire departments as needed.
  • The metal frame of docks should have "bonding jumpers" on them to connect all metal parts to a ground rod on the shore. That will ensure any part of the metal dock that becomes energized because of electrical malfunction will trip the GFCI or the circuit breaker.
  • Even if your dock's electrical system has been safely installed and inspected, neighboring docks can still present a shock hazard. Ensure your neighbor's dockside electrical system complies with the National Electrical Code and has been inspected.
  • All electrical installations should be performed by a professional electrical contractor.
  • Because docks are exposed to the elements, their electrical systems should be inspected at least once a year.          

Safe Electricity reminds all swimmers that if they feel a tingle, avoid metal ladders and objects, and get out of the water as soon as possible--the best and quickest way you can. When boating or fishing, be aware of your surroundings and potential overhead electrical hazards. Keep at least 10 feet between your boat and nearby power lines.

Tips on Boating Electrical System Safety

When it comes to your boat's electrical system, particularly those with alternating current (AC) systems, follow these tips:

  • If you are unsure about how to install something, do not call your  neighbor/electrician friend.
    In the U.S. call an ABYC Electrical Certified Technician or wherever you are elsewhere, a similar specialist boating electrician.
    In Greece, seek advice from any Port authority office or Marina admin office for which qualified Hellenic Marine Electrician/Electronic Engineer (in Greek: ΗΛΕΚΤΡΟΛΟΓΟΥΣ ΚΑΙ ΗΛΕΚΤΟΝΙΚΟΥΣ ΕΜΠΟΡΙΚΟΥ ΝΑΥΤΙΚΟΥ) they can recommend. There are some big differences between your house and your boat.
  • Household wire is not suitable for use on boats as houses are motionless and generally dry. Even marine-rated wire that is not supported along  its length will break with constant motion stress.
  • Do NOT use wire nuts or splice connectors! Wire nuts are for solid conductor wire, which should never be on a boat, and splice connectors cut wire strands.
  • Fuses are rated to protect the wire, not the stereo. If a fuse blows continuously, it should NOT be replaced with a larger one just to keep it from blowing again--something else is wrong.
  • Have your boat's electrical system checked at least once a year. Boats should also be checked when something is added to or removed from their systems.

Whether you are in the United States or Greece you need to prevent electrical shocks while boating or sailing.

Source: Safeelectricity.org press release dated 21 May 2013

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