SLTF Marine LLC.
Technology Done Right

Columbia, MD 21045

An easy thing to state, but what does it really mean?

The boat's electrical system, comprising the wiring, connections, electronic devices, and how they all play together, must work together as a team. Installing the correct wire size with a poor connection is a waste of time and money. Likewise, a high-output alternator without a properly sized battery bank is a waste of money, too.

According to The American Heritage Dictionary, the definition of a system is

"A group of interacting, interrelated, or interdependent elements forming a complex whole."

Too many people don't look at the impact of a "small" change on the system. A real-world example -- adding a single sideband (SSB) radio can oftentimes cause an autopilot to steer incorrectly. Or, a current monitor can interfere with an SSB radio reception.

My philosophy is very simple -- design everything conservatively. Design for simplicity, ease of understanding, and anticipate and guard against corrosion problems. No system will last forever and never fail. However, no system should repeatedly have problems, glitches, and a no-confidence feeling in the pit of your stomach.


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