Marine Electrical & Systems Workshop

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IYRS School of Technology and Trades
449 Thames Street
The Brooks Building
Newport, RI 02840
Led by Beth Burlingame, ABYC Master Marine Tech
20% discount for members of NWSA. Request discount code at

This hands-on course is all about getting comfortable with boat systems and handling basic wiring and plumbing chores aboard your boat.

About the Instructor

Beth Burlingame graduated from the IYRS Marine Systems program in 2012. She has current ABYC certifications in marine electrical, systems, and diesel, as well as a variety of ASA sailing instructor credentials and a USCG 50 ton master license. Beth has been teaching a marine systems/electrical workshop for women since 2014, and is an active volunteer with and former board member for the National Women’s Sailing Association. She has owned and maintained several sail and power vessels over the years. Currently, she spends winters aboard her 38′ power catamaran, cruising in the Bahamas with her husband.

Day One

Marine Systems Introduction & Electrical Basics. Day one is designed to teach an overview of the systems that you will find on board a typical boat 50 feet or less. We will review tools needed, wiring techniques and best practices, batteries and load calculation, hoses and pumps, and much more. Heavy on practice, light on lectures!

Day Two

Installing, Testing & Troubleshooting. Day two focuses on basic installation of some components introduced in Day one including: lights, radios, and electronics. Participants will also learn how to power up and test bilge pumps along with other systems commonly found on boats.