Understanding Marine Power Systems – Part 1

Do you find marine power systems confusing? Are you trying to determine if your boat has enough power to run the equipment you’d like to install? In Part 1 of this new video series, we take you aboard our new Southerly 480, Distant Shores III, and start with the basics to help you understand what is involved in setting up a marine power system for your own boat. Future episodes will include creating an electrical budget and incorporating solar power.)


Principal photography by Paul and Sheryl Shard.


Paul and Sheryl Shard are award-winning travel documentary filmmakers and videographers and have been cruising internationally since 1989 documenting their global adventures for television, in books and sailing publications. They have sailed over 100,000 nm including 9 ocean crossings and are the producers and presenters of the Distant Shores sailing adventure TV series which is broadcast to 47 million households in 24 languages around the world. Through their TV programs, YouTube videos, articles/blogs and popular cruising seminars, the Shards help anyone dreaming of setting sail to get out on the water and experience their own adventure safely and comfortably.


Southerly 480 by Discovery with variable-draft swing-keel

Discovery Yachts Group / Southerly Yachts:

Brunton’s Propellers:
Elvstrøm Sails:
Epex Sail Technology:
Seldén Mast / Furlex:
Navionics Charts:
GN Espace Yacht Galley Systems:
Highfield Classic Inflatable:
Honda Outboard:
Ultra Anchor (35 kg):
Pantaenius Yacht Insurance:

Get an introduction to the cruising life and join us on a leg of our upcoming Around the World voyage. Learn more about our Sail Away Weeks here:


Gifts for Sailors! Own the whole Distant Shores collection:
All 130 full half-hour episodes of the Distant Shores Sailing Adventure TV series are available as a collectors set as HD downloads and also on DVD through the Distant Shores website. The Distant Shores DVD Super Pack box set is perfect for binge-watching and makes a great gift for the sailor in your life! Info and order here:


You can also connect with us on:
BUSINESS INQUIRIES: distantshores@rogers.com




Thank you for watching!

Sheryl and Paul


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