With electricity travelling at the speed of light, which is more than 186,000 miles per second, the potential of experiencing one while inside a marine vessel is high, especially if you are sailing in salt water. 




Salt water has lots of ions that can act as electrodes. This serves as a conductor for electrical current. Thus, allowing your body to receive volts of electricity, especially if you are not wearing the proper gear while on board your boat.

11 Tips On Minimising Electric Shocks on Your Redcliffe-Newport Marine Vessel


Here are some tips you can do to avoid experiencing one while travelling. 

  1. Always! Always wear protective clothing such as safety shoes, gloves, knee pads. These will help you to avoid direct contact with materials that have electrical current flow.


  1. Ask for assistance! Don’t hesitate to if you don’t know how to do something. Asking for help is better than taking the risk of danger.


  1. Remove all jewellery before doing your work. Jewellery, especially the ones made with silver, gold, brass, nickel, copper and aluminium are a good conductor of electricity. Which means electricity can easily travel through them. Take note that you, yourself is also a conductor. So remove them to avoid any electric current pass through them towards you.


  1. Make sure that all electrical connections are enclosed inside the panel box. This way, you can help others to avoid accidentally touching them.


  1. Switch off first the breaker before working on any electrical system.


  1. Check carefully all the electrical tools. Make sure there are no cuts in the wire.

  2. As much as possible, try not to work on live systems. If not, make sure that you take all precautions before doing the job.


  1. When checking and working with a system, make sure that your handle tools are electrically insulated. Electricity can pass through them and can give you the shock of your life.


  1. Use signages with precautionary information regarding the systems’ condition. This will help others be notified and avoid accidents.


  1. Do not ignore sparks. It might be small but it can lead to fire which can result in a bigger problem for the ship all the crew.


  1. Always put safety in your mind. Be cautious at all times. Don’t be careless as that can lead you to serious danger.



These are just some of the few things you can do to minimise the event of electric shock while on board your marine vessel in Redcliffe or Newport. Keep safe always! Have your marine vessel checked by one of our professional marine electricians, today. Send us a message.