Important Marine Electronics and the Installation Guide - Making Things Simpler

Aug 19th 2015 at 4:28 AM

It is important to install the right marine electronics and maintain them well in order to avoid failures. Read on to learn best ways to install the chart plotter, fish finder, radio etc. The simple to follow tips will make the procedure quite convenient. If you have to install any machinery for the first time, you need to remove and then replace it with a new component.

What all you must know while installing them

It is really important to make right wiring connections that do not rust or corrode easily. It must provide trouble free experience for years to come. Before beginning the procedure, go through the basic boat wiring quickly. You might require few additional equipment and tools to perform these tasks.

Planning is quite important before you actually begin your job. If mounting space is at premium, it is good to add a marine electronics box. Initially, you have to install the navigations gears like GPS available with a charting function. Next, you need to learn to install the chart plotter.

The advanced versions of plotters have facilities like fish finder, sounder etc. Hence, you might learn how to install them along with chart plotter. Install the things in an organized manner so that it does not impact appeal of boat. It is brilliant to mount all of them in a panel.

How to maintain the systems in the right manner

You have to maintain the things to enjoy great experience. Check the boat’s battery regularly. If they are not maintained, weak or not connected properly they will cause problems. Experts’ advice to examine the batteries visually and then they test them to determine their performance. Check whether the posts and terminals are corroded.

If yes, try to clean them with a good cleansing agent. Make sure there are no signs of leaking electrolytes. Use the distilled water to check electrolyte levels. Once the batteries are fully charged, you could re-test them after 5-6 hours. If you still have any doubt regarding the maintenance of batteries, go through guidelines of manufacturer of marine electronics.

During the offseason, the dirt and moisture gets stick to wires and corrode them. This in turn degrades their connections. Hence, it is important to check whether all the connections are secured enough. Moreover, you have to inspect them for any cuts, nicks and chafe insulation.

Do not forget to check all the potential areas. You have to check those areas carefully where wires are rubbed against each other or rubbed against metal, wood, fiberglass etc. not only this, the wire covered with electrical tapes are in poor conditions and thus you have to pay special attention to those. If there is any extra wire, it will be wrapped up and tucked away to cause inconvenience in the future.


The most common reason of electronic failure could be damaged fuses. It is important to replace the suspect or blown out fuses at the earliest. Besides this, you must check all the in line fuses too.

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