Boat Ignition Systems

Written by Dina Kayed
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The marine environment can be very rugged, and even extreme. Sometimes in trying to solve one problem, others are created. This is why modern marine technology aims to overcome the many recognized difficulties, as well as provide and accomplish the highest performance possible without jeopardizing the craft.

Getting Your Marine Engine Started

While most of us think of our marine ignition system as simply a tool for turning the engine on, we forget to consider what else it does. The process can be responsible for a tremendous waste of fuel, and this is why experts strive to develop more energy-friendly technology for ignition systems. When older ignition systems use up a lot of fuel to start the engine, that fuel is wasted and thereafter cannot contribute to the boat's potential for high performance.

The ignition system needs to be powerful enough to provide the engine with an accurate spark to get it working from the first switch. An electronic ignition system is the only type capable of providing such a spark for fast ignition. Some ignition systems are designed to help the boat come to a fast start or stop, which is especially useful for boats that need fast responses, such as boats that are used for water skiing or Coast Guard duties.

The ignition system is well insulated to prevent any fluid whatsoever from coming into contact with electrical parts. Racing boats require an ignition with a high voltage to provide the craft with high performance. Modern technology has not only provided such ignition systems, but has also managed to circumvent other common problems such as vibration and shock.

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