Light Bulb Goes Off!
Plenty of connections, literally and figuratively, spark when a bunch of live-wire participants gather for the first electrical workshop put on by the National Women’s Sailing Association.
They came with their tool kits in tote bags, their multi meters and their homemade lunches. They came on a cold winter Sunday to the Quonset Davisville Navy Yacht Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, having driven hundreds of miles from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and New Jersey.
Above and beyond, they came to learn, and learn they did, from very savvy, and most importantly, very understandable, Beth Burlingame. Beth worked hard to prepare for her first teaching workshop and it showed; she came with a truckload of goodies, including handouts and books, a model of a 12-volt electrical switch panel, batteries, wire cutters, ratcheting crimpers, cable ties, connecters, heat shrink terminals and fuses — lots of fuses.
|Student Nancy Riella cuts marine grade wire with a stripper.|
You’d expect no less from someone with her credentials. A master marine technician with the American Boat and Yacht Council, Beth is a 2012 graduate of the marine systems program at the International Yacht Restoration School campus in Bristol, Rhode Island. She designed the workshop herself, and the eight women who were her first class got what they paid for, and then some.
It wasn’t even noon before the light bulb went off for Shaye Robbins, who’d gotten nothing but static when she’d installed a VHF to the console of her Boston Whaler back home in Kittery, Maine.
“This just paid for the cost of attending!” she excitedly said, after Beth opened the back of the display panel and explained the role of grounding wire in making connections work.