Examples of some very ugly Gremlins are shown here. Gremlins of all kinds are not unusual and can be expected to pop up often in older boats. Electrical Gremlins on a boat can be fleeting, mysterious, challenging, annoying, frustrating, exasperating and sometimes even dangerous.
- Gremlin #1 is just plain U-G-L-Y.
- Gremlin #2 is ugly but entertaining.
- Gremlin #3 is cute.
- Gremlin #4 is shocking.
- Gremlin #5 is ugly and a major pain.
Electrical Gremlin #5: can be found on many boats- old and new. This gremlin is "corrosion"- and this ugly critter is particularly common on saltwater boats. Like many problems, electrical corrosion is better prevented than repaired. At least corrosion can be easy to spot- due to the growing green deposit of crud.
A different type of electrical gremlin cropped up during the early days of my Triton ownership. The Atomic 4 gas inboard engine is a throw back to a simpler time. Give it gas, air and spark and it will usually run.
While motoring back from a nice day of sailing the engine suddenly quit running.The engine had gas, air, whoops- no spark. A quick check of the not-very-old batteries proved that they had run down. The question was why?