Q: Can I do this project myself?
A: That depends. If you have the necessary skills, tools and judgement, or if the system is a non-critical one without potential safety issues, you may be able to do some or all of the work yourself. RCME is happy to work with capable owners to leverage and increase their skills. We figure the more you know about your boat, the safer you will be. That being said, for many owners, tackling an electrical project without expert guidance and without fully understanding the issues and hazards involved can be hazardous to both the owner and the boat. There is no such thing as an insignificant fire on a boat.
Q: Why should I use a MARINE electrical company? I know an electrician who can help me, and my brother-in-law rewired his garage without any problem.
A. The marine environment is quite different from the shore environment, and different rules apply. The type of wire used, acceptable connection techniques, and the calculations required are all different aboard a boat than in a house. The presence of corrosive salt water, vibration and engine heat aboard are just a few of the reasons why. Another consideration is the degree of reliability required. If your car’s tail-lights go out while driving, or the lights go out at home, or a sump pump quits working, these are inconveniences, not disasters. There are no breakdown lanes at sea, and you don’t have the option of calling AAA or calling the electrician and going shopping or visiting friends until the problem is solved — you may have to solve it yourself with no assistance under adverse conditions just to get back to shore.
Q: Why should I call Redwood Coast Marine Electrical?
A: There are many reasons. Our strong commitment to customer satisfaction is perhaps the most important. We take pride in the quality of our work and stand behind it. Join our many satisfied customers. We’ve posted some of their comments here.
Q: Why should I hire an engineer like Michael Daley of RCME instead of an electrician?
A: With all respect to the many fine marine electricians out there, and recognizing that there are exceptions in each group, the difference is this: An electrician has learned HOW to do certain things, while an engineer has also learned WHY they are done that way. If your situation is atypical, or you really want to understand how your boat and its critical systems work, this difference becomes important. If your inverter is misbehaving, wouldn’t you prefer someone who has DESIGNED inverters to look at it?