Blue Seas’ Circuit Wizard app helps professionals and do-it-yourselfers determine the
correct wire size and circuit protection for
installations. Guided by ABYC (American
Boat & Yacht Council) rules and recommendations from Blue Seas, the app can help lay
out the right cabling for any project. It will
factor in variables such as a fixed or variable
load and also considers the wire’s insulation
First, input data required to meet ABYC
One popular and simple application is the
USCG Boating Safety app available for both
iOS and Android. It runs smoothly and is
chockfull of useful features. Developed by the
BastaYaPR Foundation and gifted to the
United States Coast Guard by its founders,
Marie and Luis Romero, the app was dedicated
to their son, Julian. He was active in the USCG
Auxiliary when he was murdered on his 20th
birthday defending his girlfriend from an
With the tap of an icon you can pull up
such features as a state’s boating information.
You can request a boating safety check, pull
up all required safety equipment and view
rules of the road as well as NOAA buoy
weather information. Another icon allows you
to file sailing/cruising plans and send them to
friends and family. There are also icons for
reporting hazards, suspicious activity and
water-borne pollution. In an emergency an
assistance icon sends your location and
request for help to the nearest Coast Guard
station if other communication methods fail
or are inaccessible.
Booking dock space
According to Google, more than 74% of
travelers plan their trips online, from planning
to booking. Dockwa offers the same service for
boaters looking for moorings and dock space.
With its acquisition of Marinas.com, Dockwa
allows boaters to research slips, costs and
amenities at marinas throughout the US, Great
Lakes and the Caribbean, all through an interactive map. Boaters can specify berth/electric
requirements and book space from their smart
Finally, for those techs working remotely
who might be short on secretarial skills, Scanner Pro allows users to snap a picture of documents, receipts, magazine articles, etc. and
turn them into clear PDF documents. You can
extract text to send in texts and emails. Thankfully, its software algorithms adjust for skewed
About the author
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standards like circuit voltage, load current,
length of conductor, allowable voltage drop,
type of load, wire insulation temp rating and
whether it is in an engine room, then add
additional factors such as whether it’s on a
fuse, run in a conduit or sheath and if there
is any extra thermal insulation. For circuit
protection it also asks for battery CCAs and
if it is a main or branch circuit. Once information is input the app will display suggested wire size, fuse and circuit breaker
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