Originally Posted by biltong
Can anyone or everyone try and explain the process of electrolysis
on yachts, especially when surrounded by other boats in a harbour. How will being connected to shore power
via a battery charger
affect the situation. I thought I knew the answer to this, but the more people I ask, the more answers I get.
Well - I can't help with any answers but co-incidentally, I picked up a boat which had just been splashed, in Mobile, for onward delivery
to BVI. Did all the pre-voyage checks etc but by the time I got to USVI, this
Initially, I thought the yard where a lot of work, including stainless, had been done, had used "Ace Hardware" screws instead of marine
grade SS but then, due to numerous annoying electrical
problems en route
, I began to think electrolysis
Sure enough, when my favourite electric
guys in Tortola ran the meter over it, the boat was producing a stray current
. Well - that bit's easy....its finding the casuse which can take time. Luckily we found it on the first go - a bad bow light wire which had not been helped by the amount of green stuff we'd taken over the bows on the long beat down.
So - if you think you've got an electrolysis problem - get on it asap!!