Leisure Boating looks at a few innovative marine products from around the world designed to ease and improve your overall boating experience.
Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) are designed to protect people from line-toground shock hazards. These may develop from faulty appliances, tools or defective portable cords. If a ground fault does occur and the leakage level exceeds four to six milliamperes, the GFCI unit protects the user by opening the circuit and interrupting the power supply. Hubbell Marine offers GFCI Line Cords and Portable Plugs to help make boating safer.
Hubbell’s UL-listed Circuit Guard GFCI Line Cords provide ground fault protection indoors and out. Available in lengths of 46 cm, 2 m and 8 m, they are offered with an automatic set or manual set to meet the needs of various applications. A multiple outlet model is also offered.
These Line Cords feature an allglass circuit board to provide superior moisture immunity. One-piece, flushsealed keypads offer greater reliability and resistance to damage due to impact. UV-stabilised housing resists dust, sunlight and chemicals for a long life. Heavy-duty moulded plugs and connectors, combined with solid, crimped and soldered plug blades provide a dependable connection. Moulded strain relief prevents conductor strain and resulting failure. A bright fault indication light provides fault confirmation from a distance.
Hubbell also offers Circuit Guard Portable GFCI Plugs, offered in manual set and automatic set. They feature a power indicator light and straight blades. After tripping, users can reset the module by pushing a button, while a test button enables them to make sure the GFCI is in working order.
Bright, Solar- Powered Light Sticks To Any Smooth Surface
Now is the right time to switch to solarpowered, internal lighting. The LightShip from Davis Instruments enables users to deliver portable, solar-powered LED lighting to boats, RVs, cabins or homes at a low cost. It also serves as a safety light in case of fire or other emergency when the electricity goes out, automatically illuminating a room during a power outage.
LightShip can be attached to any clear-glass window. In a home, it’s great near any door, stairs, electric panel or in any bathroom or hallway. On a boat, LightShip can be attached to the inside of any hatch, window or porthole with good sun access for all-night lighting. It’s also perfect to keep campers, trailers or cabins well lit with no energy draw.
The LightShip installs easily with three powerful suction cups that face the solar cell to the sun for charging the NiMH battery. Three bright-white LEDs provide enough light for reading or users can switch to one, single red LED for better night vision capabilities.
A built-in light sensor switches the LightShip off automatically during daylight hours. It can also be switched off to store up energy for future use. Owners can attach one to a well-lit area during the day, then move it to wherever it’s needed at night.
Constructed from tough polycarbonate, the LightShip features a clear, moulded lens and reflector to maximize LED intensity. For interior use only, it measures 5 cm H x 13 cm W and weighs only 227 g.