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The 12-Volt Bible for Boats Paperback – November 11, 2002
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A How-To Classic
The 12-Volt Bible for Boats is a complete introduction to the 12-volt electrical systems used on small boats to power everything from reading lights to bilge pumps. Written for boaters who are not skilled electricians, it clearly explains how 12-volt systems work and how to install, maintain, and troubleshoot them.
This second edition has been thoroughly updated to include the latest on marine batteries--including AGM and gel-cell batteries, multistage chargers, inverters, new wiring conventions, alternative energy sources, and modern test gear.
"A nuts-and-bolts primer for boatowners."--Cruising World
"Every boat with a 12-volt system needs this book on board."--Atlanta-Journal Constitution
"A gentle journey through the complexities of electrical circuitry."--Small Boat Journal
"This bible is as basic to boat electrical systems as the 10 commandments are to moral behaivor. It does not get any more fundamental than this."--Dockside NW
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Top Customer Reviews
The book was published in 1985, so a lot of the technology has changed and improved. It was a real basic book- this is a battery, this is a circuit. I was looking for help rewiring a small boat and this boat was of no major assistence.
1. the 20h battery power was mentioned perhaps once or twice. This is the most important point when it comes to boat power... What does it mean is not enough.. I wanted to know how to calculate the consumption of the various elements.. can i keep the radar on while on battery and for how long? etc...etc...
2. How to charge a battery, how to pick an alternator. Again nothing.
3. What batteries to choose for a sailboat, depending on length equipment etc.. What is the difference between the house batteries, windlass battery and starter battery... All these points were missed.
So in other terms the title is misleading and the book is far from being a bible!!! It should be a 5$ book that you read in one day and discard.. this is not a reference..
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Get this book, use it and you will save money, time and energy on keeping up or correcting problems. You can also help your friends and relatives.Published 4 months ago by morgan hall
Purchased this for a friend think it would help him with wiring problems on his boat. I guess my friend can't read.Published 5 months ago by Albert B.
Easy to read. Basic electrical info. Also goes into using a voltmeter. If you have a basic knowledge of electricity you may need something more in depth.Published 7 months ago by Rick Quesenberry
Anyone who can write a book about 12 volt battery systems on your boat and sell over 100,000 copies must be doing something right. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Zenacity