CY Ask the Experts

InformedBoater.com's Rob MacLeod seeks out and asks the experts the questions faced by Canadian boaters. Submit your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Online Editor at CY Magazine.

Ask the Experts - Sacrificial Anodes

When metals are immersed in water and in close proximity to each other they produce an electrical voltage. When two dissimilar metals are in contact they form a galvanic cell, just like a battery.

If you want to protect both metals you need to introduce a third metal that is more active than the first two. The most active metal (zinc, aluminum or magnesium) becomes the anode to the others and sacrifices itself by corroding to protect the cathode – i.e. it sacrifices itself for the good of the other metals.

In this edition of Ask the Experts, we will explore what a sacrificial anode is, what it does and when to replace it.

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Galvanic Corrosioin - Stephen C. Dexter

 

Keeping Diesel Fuel Clean Part III - Water Separator Filter

This is the 3rd in the series of keeping your diesel fuel clean. Craig Morley explains the purpose and installation of the water separation filter and it's proper maintenance. A bit of preparedness will save you hours (or days) of grief. Craig is a certified marine surveyor, diesel technician and is certified by ABYC. We caught up with Craig at a Diesel Maintenance workshop he was conducting at the Mimico Cruising Club in Mississauga, ON.

Keeping Diesel Fuel Clean Part II - Filters

You will eventually get water into your diesel fuel tank. Could be condensation, a leaky filler tube or from the marina where you fuel up. It is not a matter of 'if' but 'when'. Craig Morley explains the purpose and selection of the correct fuel filter and it's proper maintenance, so you are prepared with the inevitable happens. Craig is a certified marine surveyor, diesel technician and is certified by ABYC. We caught up with Craig at a Diesel Maintenance workshop he was conducting at the Mimico Cruising Club in Mississauga, ON.

Contact Craig Morley: Aquafacts Marine Surveys

Keeping Diesel Fuel Clean Part I - Biocide

There are many additives available for your diesel fuel system. This week's expert Craig Morley of Aquafacts Marine Surveys and Yachting Services says there is one that all recreational boaters should use - Biocide. Craig explains how fungus gets into our fuel and what to do to kill fungal growth in diesel fuel. Craig is a certified marine surveyor, diesel technician and is certified by ABYC. We caught up with Craig at a Diesel Maintenance workshop he was conducting at the Mimico Cruising Club in Mississauga, ON.


A four-part strategy for clean and reliable fuel is:

1. Be selective about the fuel that goes into diesel tanks
2. Monitor conditions within tanks
3. Use appropriate filters to prevent problems or catch them early
4. Use the right additives appropriately

biocide is a chemical substance or microorganism which can deter, render harmless, or exert a controlling effect on any harmful organism by chemical or biological means. Biocides are commonly used in medicine, agriculture, forestry, and industry.

Contact Craig Morley: Aquafacts Marine Surveys

Selecting Solar Panels - Part III: Solar Installation

In Part III of Selecting Solar Panels, solar expert, Ken Wilson of Sunsible Solar / Energy Giant in Oshawa, ON provides guidance to charge controllers, wiring, connectors, fuses and circuit breakers. 

Contact: Ken Wilson, Sunsiblesolar / Energy Giant        VictorEnergy White Paper

Selecting Solar Panels - Part II: Solar Technology

Solar expert, Ken Wilson of Sunsible Solar / Energy Giant in Oshawa, ON provides the background necessary to make the right choice in solar panels. Why are some panels are more expensive and others less. Ken provides the answers.

Contact: Ken Wilson, Sunsiblesolar / Energy Giant

Selecting Solar Panels - Part I: Calculating power needs

Rob responds to an inquiry on a Sailing and Cruising Forum about selecting solar panels for a small cruising boat. The first determination - how much power do you need? This has to be calculated before determining how many and how large will the solar panels have to be.

         Power_Consumption.xls Amps / Watts / Volts Calculator

Marine Batteries - Performance and Longevity

Having reliable electricity on a cruising sailboat is a forever-challenge.
I have known Bill Milne of Natural Marine Products for a number of years and have used many of his products on my boat. The main reason is that Bill has the research to back up his product's claims.I met with Bill to talk about how boaters can get better performance and longevity from their marine batteries.This video is a record that discussion.
The US Patent approval refers to Battery Equaliser as a “lead-acid battery electrolyte fluid solution additive.” After the interview I used the additive as part of my winterizing process. Included in the video are both 2013 and 2014 (before and after) readings for my 2-deep cycle batteries.
You can contact Bill at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
As always, we welcome your questions for the experts and your comments.

For Canadian Yachting Magazine and InformedBoater.com
Rob MacLeod 

Stay Informed 

Winterizing Ablative Paint - Micron CSC

CY Ask the Experts

InformedBoater.com's Rob MacLeod seeks out and asks the experts the questions faced by Canadian boaters. Submit your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Online Editor at CY Magazine.

Keeping Diesel Fuel Clean Part III - Water Separator Filter

This is the 3rd in the series of keeping your diesel fuel clean. Craig Morley explains the purpose and installation of the water separation filter and it's proper maintenance. A bit of preparedness will save you hours (or days) of grief. Craig is a certified marine surveyor, diesel technician and is certified by ABYC. We caught up with Craig at a Diesel Maintenance workshop he was conducting at the Mimico Cruising Club in Mississauga, ON.

Keeping Diesel Fuel Clean Part II - Filters

You will eventually get water into your diesel fuel tank. Could be condensation, a leaky filler tube or from the marina where you fuel up. It is not a matter of 'if' but 'when'. Craig Morley explains the purpose and selection of the correct fuel filter and it's proper maintenance, so you are prepared with the inevitable happens. Craig is a certified marine surveyor, diesel technician and is certified by ABYC. We caught up with Craig at a Diesel Maintenance workshop he was conducting at the Mimico Cruising Club in Mississauga, ON.

Contact Craig Morley: Aquafacts Marine Surveys

Keeping Diesel Fuel Clean Part I - Biocide

There are many additives available for your diesel fuel system. This week's expert Craig Morley of Aquafacts Marine Surveys and Yachting Services says there is one that all recreational boaters should use - Biocide. Craig explains how fungus gets into our fuel and what to do to kill fungal growth in diesel fuel. Craig is a certified marine surveyor, diesel technician and is certified by ABYC. We caught up with Craig at a Diesel Maintenance workshop he was conducting at the Mimico Cruising Club in Mississauga, ON.


A four-part strategy for clean and reliable fuel is:

1. Be selective about the fuel that goes into diesel tanks
2. Monitor conditions within tanks
3. Use appropriate filters to prevent problems or catch them early
4. Use the right additives appropriately

biocide is a chemical substance or microorganism which can deter, render harmless, or exert a controlling effect on any harmful organism by chemical or biological means. Biocides are commonly used in medicine, agriculture, forestry, and industry.

Contact Craig Morley: Aquafacts Marine Surveys

 

Selecting Solar Panels - Part III: Solar Installation

In Part III of Selecting Solar Panels, solar expert, Ken Wilson of Sunsible Solar / Energy Giant in Oshawa, ON provides guidance to charge controllers, wiring, connectors, fuses and circuit breakers. 

 

 

Contact: Ken Wilson, Sunsiblesolar / Energy Giant        VictorEnergy White Paper

Selecting Solar Panels - Part II: Solar Technology

Solar expert, Ken Wilson of Sunsible Solar / Energy Giant in Oshawa, ON provides the background necessary to make the right choice in solar panels. Why are some panels are more expensive and others less. Ken provides the answers.

Contact: Ken Wilson, Sunsiblesolar / Energy Giant

Selecting Solar Panels - Part I: Calculating power needs

Rob responds to an inquiry on a Sailing and Cruising Forum about selecting solar panels for a small cruising boat. The first determination - how much power do you need? This has to be calculated before determining how many and how large will the solar panels have to be.

           Power_Consumption.xls Amps / Watts / Volts Calculator

 

Marine Batteries - Performance and Longevity

 

Having reliable electricity on a cruising sailboat is a forever-challenge.
I have known Bill Milne of Natural Marine Products for a number of years and have used many of his products on my boat. The main reason is that Bill has the research to back up his product's claims.I met with Bill to talk about how boaters can get better performance and longevity from their marine batteries.This video is a record that discussion.
The US Patent approval refers to Battery Equaliser as a “lead-acid battery electrolyte fluid solution additive.” After the interview I used the additive as part of my winterizing process. Included in the video are both 2013 and 2014 (before and after) readings for my 2-deep cycle batteries.
You can contact Bill at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
As always, we welcome your questions for the experts and your comments.

For Canadian Yachting Magazine and InformedBoater.com
Rob MacLeod 

Stay Informed 

Winterizing Ablative Paint - Micron CSC

 

 

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