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ContinuousWave: Small Boat Electrical
|Author||Topic: RF Ground|
posted 05-18-2007 04:13 PM ET (US)
Does my 2002 Dauntless 180 have an RF ground? My new Raymarine A65 power cord has a non-insulated wire that needs to attach to the RF Ground. Any advice. Thanks.
posted 05-19-2007 09:17 AM ET (US)
As far as I know, a Boston Whaler boat, just like most all fiberglass laminated boats, does not have a radio frequency ground system built into the hull.
If you have purchased a small boat electrical device which instructs you to connect to the radio frequency grounding system of your vessel, I would check with the manufacturer of the device for clarification on how to proceed when installing the device on a small fiberglass boat which does not have a radio frequency ground system built into the hull.
posted 05-21-2007 07:04 PM ET (US)
As per the Raymarine instructions, you're supposed to connect it to the negative side of your electrical system. This does, however, present the risk of shorting out your circuit if one of your positive leads becomes frayed and comes into contact with the metal shielding. I left mine disconnected.
posted 05-21-2007 08:45 PM ET (US)
Rather than leaving it disconnected, why not cover it with
some insulating material, IF you are concerned. There will
probably already be a lot of grounded, exposed, metal in
the console (steering gear will be grounded through the
steering cable back to the engine).
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