Boat & Yacht Electrical Course Level 1

A beginners course to help you understand, maintain, and quickly Identify potential faults with your on board electrical system - and spend more time sailing!

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Many boat owners and skippers understandably expect their onboard electrical system to be at least as reliable as that of a modern car, and are quite happy to just call an engineer should a fault occur.

The problem is that boats, from an electrical stance are simply not as dependable as modern cars - you can't just ‘pull over’ out at sea, and once offshore - that engineer is you!

….boat electrical systems are not always reliable and if you need help at sea, the engineer - is you.

The dream of sailing along without a care in the world can all too often be interrupted by the harsh reality that boat electrical systems, however well designed and installed - are still highly susceptible to faults. This due to a combination of factors such as the low voltages used, long cable runs, sometimes poor factory wiring, or installations that have been added to over the years, all the time operating in one of the most punishing environments on earth for an electrical system. In my experience, the most common cause of electrical faults at sea is down to a lack of preventative maintenance and inspection in dock, and many could have been prevented with some simple skills.

...the good news is that you can learn these skills and much more, in great detail, right here at MECO.

The Boat & Yacht Electrical Level 1 course will enable you to learn step by step precisely how typical onboard electrical devices dovetail to form the electrical system, and how to apply this knowledge in order to be able to:

  • Prevent, find and fix faults.
  • Make sure your boats electrical systems are operating at peak efficiency
  • Identify potential regulatory breaches, electrical hazards and fire risks
  • Spend more time having fun sailing and less time fixing annoying problems!

The Boat & Yacht Electrical Level 1 course provides:

  • A self paced, on demand learning and support environment, so you can log in and out when ever suits
  • Skills to enable you to identify electrical faults early preventing electrical problems at sea.
  • Open access to preview a selection of lessons before you enrol
  • A unique training opportunity to study inline with multiple regulations as set out by, UK, ISO and USA ABYC standards, no other marine electrical course provides this.

So who is this course for? Anyone who spends any time on any boat with an electrical system who would like to spend more time sailing and less time finding and fixing faults!

    • Yacht Skippers
    • Instructors
    • Delivery skippers
    • Crew
    • Trainee Skippers
    • Boat Masters
    • Small commercial vessel crew
    • Trainee Marine Electricians


Self paced - on demand

Each section of the course has clear and concise step by step animations with voice over, you can pause and rewind, in fact you can watch each lesson as many times as you need.

Full support

You will also find a comments box that allows you to ask questions, and read other students' questions and answers too, this has proven to be a very effective learning resource.

Check your progress

At the end of each section there are a few informal quiz questions to make sure that learning is taking place and to re-enforce the knowledge. It takes time to learn things properly, simply reading a block of text, or just watching a video is not going to help with a subject as complex as this.

Lifetime access

In stark contrast to many other online courses, all MECO courses provide fair use access to the material even once the course is complete, this has a number of advantages, the best of which is that much of the subject material changes regularly, either due to new technology or changes in the many regulations as set out by the ABYC, ISO, RCD and BMET and NMEA to name a few!

Check out the reviews

Good course for improving the understanding of boat and yacht electrics.

I've been through the Level 1 course work and it's really good to better understand how the electrical system work on a boat. The support has been very good and allows me to take the theory within the course and apply it to our boat. David Punch has been very helpful in answering questions both about the course and practical questions for our boat. ....Ian

Perfect course on boat electrics

I have been doing this course in my own time while working as an apprentice marine engineer. It has been very interesting and I have been enjoying it immensely, could not recommend it enough. Hoping there may be a Level 3 in the future : D ...
Kobia Charnas

Enjoyed Immensely

I've been an engineer most of my working life and felt a need to progress. I came across the marine electric course on Facebook.Using my charm I managed to get my wife to pay for level 1&2 as a early birthday/Xmas present. The course is easy to follow, in my own time. Well set out and informative. ....Karl

Your Instructor


David Henry Punch
David Henry Punch

Hi there.

I began sailing as a small child with my dad and grandad when we first ventured out in a 30 foot ketch into a rather bumpy Lune river in the UK, we had some fantastic adventures! This inspired me to gain my Yachtmaster certification and head into the teaching world as a Yachtmaster instructor.

Prior to achieving my Yachtmaster I had worked as a marine electrician, so combining my two skills the decision was made to start teaching Maritime Engineering Courses to boat owners, skippers and crew as there was clearly some demand for this. I am also a fully certified marine electrician, and NMEA 2000 engineer.

So if you'd like to improve your knowledge of on board systems, I'm here to help.

Best wishes.

David Punch



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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