Report by Beth In the Marine Systems Program, we learn to work with wood, and fiberglass, and metal, and composites. As much as possible, we make our installations look really good. Function comes first, but form is also important.
This picture shows a two-battery electrical installation. Working 3 to 4 people per hull, we installed and secured the battery boxes, planned out and installed the battery cable runs, the fuses (per ABYC standards, necessary for all but the run to the engine starter), on to battery switches and up to our electrical panels. The installation is neat. You can tell just by looking at this that it was done well by people who cared about doing a good job. I can understand why boat yards and boatbuilders like to hire IYRS grads. We are taught to care. (Often by doing it not so well the first time, and having to go back and fix it…learn by doing! We make our mistakes at school, not on a paying customer’s boat.)
We did the batteries in the first few weeks. Since then, we have installed bilge pumps, blowers, chartplotters, GPSs, radars, autopilots, water pumps, macerator pumps, battery chargers, inverters, and AC systems. Electrical has been my favorite part of the course so far. It is so satisfying to install something and have it work, and look good, too.