20 Feb Safety First: Battery Cable Tips
Not being able to start your boat is probably one of the most dreaded and feared aspects of boating. There are times in this situation that your battery is at fault, but sometimes it’s even deeper than that. Even if your battery itself has a clean bill of health, that doesn’t mean that your battery isn’t somehow the culprit. If you boat on saltwater, and you are struggling to turn over your engine, you need to check your battery cables. Saltwater has the tendency to wear down battery cables, making them brittle and unable to hold a charge. Having bad battery cables are no laughing matter. Not only can they leave you stranded, but they can be hazardous to you and your boat. A deteriorated wire plus electrical energy can create excessive heat, and this can potentially lead to combustion.
Having bad battery cables can result in unexpected fires, so don’t overlook what appears to be just a ‘weak battery.’ A lot is riding on your battery cables, so this is not an aspect of your boat you want to overlook and ignore. Stay safe out there by reading our helpful safety tips for checking battery cables.