How to Identify and Eliminate Stray Electrical Currents in Your Marina

One of the scariest prospects for operators and owners is stray electrical current in the waters around their marina. Learn from experts how to identify electrical hazards and to prevent these hazardous conditions to keep your marina safe


James Cote, Cote Marine, LLC and Stan Jones, CMM, St. Johns Yacht Harbor

James Cote

James Cote
James Coté is an electrical engineer and ABYC Certified Master Technician who has spent over 35 years in the marine electrical and corrosion control fields. He also holds an MBA, is a certified marine investigator, and is a certified fire investigator with extensive experience in marine electrical surveys, corrosion control surveys, lightning surveys, consulting, oversight, system design, and forensic investigations. Mr. Coté sits on the NFPA 303 committee [Fire Protection Standard for Marinas and Boatyards], NFPA 302 Committee [Fire Protection Standard for Pleasure and Commercial Motor Craft], and the ABYC Electrical Project Technical Committee. James is presently the principal at Coté Marine LLC with locations in Coral Springs, Florida and Freeport, Florida.


Capt. Stan Jones, CMM
Stan is currently managing St Johns Yacht Harbor in Charleston, SC an ActiveCaptain 5-star 224 slip marina with a pending expansion of another 180 slips. Stan served as Marina Director for the City of Panama City, FL managing the two municipal marinas from 2013 until 2017. While in the Panhandle, Stan was the President of the Marine Industries Association of Northwest Florida.
From 2010 until 2013, he managed Charleston Harbor Marina with 459 slips. While there he hosted Charleston Race Week, one of the largest regattas in the country. He also served as Vice President of the South Carolina Marine Association and earned the coveted Certified Marina Manager designation.From 2005 until 2010, Stan managed Lighthouse Marina on Lake Murray which boasts 440 dry stack slips and 146 wet slips. He managed Dive Operations in St Kitts and the Bahamas after being Honorably Discharged from the Marine Corp. He holds a 100 ton Near Coastal Master Captain’s License and is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.