Bonding System 101
Greetings. On CarDude's recent post on his AC, bonding the unit was mentioned. My boat appears to be running "hot"- meaning the valves on the fuel tanks have recently gotten a bluish tint to them. During a bottom job in February all the zincs were changed. This included the block zinc on the transom, rudder zincs and egg zincs on the shafts. I also run "sweeps" on the shafts inside. I have a diver every two months that cleans the hull and replaces zincs as needed- though none have been replaced to date. I'll get with him to see if what's under is consuming as needed. My questions...
*What is the best held practice for replacing the bonding wiring? Do I want to create a "daisy chain" from component to component? Is the shortest run possible my goal? The wiring I see is strung pretty tight. Possibly just to lower costs. I would prefer to add "curleys" to my wiring where beneficial.
*What size/ type wire is recommended? What terminals (eyelets) do you recommend? Best crimping method? Do you suggest an anti corrosion spray?
*No debate here needed- but should I bother with bonding the couple of unused thru hulls I now have? Fuel tanks (black iron), water tanks (SS) are obviously needed. How about the AC units? What other components??
Again- no debates needed- just strongly held opinions. I'm a big boy and can probably make informed decisions on my own. Thank You.
1983 Present 42 Sundeck
Twin Lehman 135's
Steve Point Cadet/ Biloxi, Mississippi USA
*Present 42 twin 135 Lehmans