Sometimes I really wonder about the previous owners of this boat. There have certainly been some strange or questionable maintenance and upgrade practices on the boat. I don't know if it was the owners themselves or poor contractors, but sometimes I just have to shake my head at the things I find.
This story is about a strange noise that resulted in a discovery in the boat wiring (at this point these discoveries shouldn't really surprise me, yet they still do). After a rather wet weather spell, we experienced a strange clicking noise near the electrical panel. The noise was very intermittent and I wouldn't call it a buzzing but more of a fast paced clicking. Naturally, as soon as I would go over to investigate the noise, it would stop.
Eventually we were able to chase it down. It was coming from the GFCI outlet located at the electrical panel. This GFCI outlet at this location protects the 120 volt circuit for the starboard side of the boat and was found when we noticed a plug on that circuit didn't have power. I think the clicking was the GFCI outlet trying to trip. The bizarre part of this scenario is that it should only click once as the circuit trips and should not keep clicking. The other strange thing is that the power to the TV and DVD player (also on that circuit) did not lose power when the GFCI tripped.
So, I start investigating. I disassemble the panel to try and chase down where the TV and VCR are plugged in and this is what I found...
|Not the proper way to install an electrical |
outlet...in a house or on a boat.
I purchased an electrical box I could mount, a new outlet that is supposed to be more weather and corrosion resistant, and a cover plate to further protect the connections within the box. We installed the new box and then used zip ties to better organize the wiring and make sure nothing was swinging freely or likely to cause further problems.
Looks much better now (safer and more stable) doesn't it? Hopefully that will resolve the issue. At some point I should probably sit down and go through the entire electrical system on this boat and make sure no other issues are hiding behind the walls.
And a bit of humor from our shopping the other day. Not exactly truth in advertising.
|Maybe it should say 1 kink hose.|