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Boatowner's Mechanical & Electrical Manual: How to Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat's Essential Systems Hardcover – November 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 2 edition (November 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007009618X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070096189
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Do yourself a favor: if you own a boat, you should also own the Boatowner's Mechanical & Electrical Manual. Written in a simple, accessible style, the Manual is aimed at helping the nonexpert solve problems in marine systems--think of it as a friendly mechanic. Author Nigel Calder explains how the systems work, helps you troubleshoot and identify problems, and presents clear and concise instructions on how to repair them. Best of all, Calder also offers helpful advice on how to prevent future system failure. Absolutely indispensable for boat owners. --M. Stein

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``An impressive compilation of advice on boat equipment and systems--one of the best we've seen--Much of the information cannot be found anywhere else.'' (Practical Sailor)

``Several feet of shelf space in [our] technical library is devoted to material published in recent years on marine systems for small craft. But the single most frequently reached for reference in this collection is [this book]. . .It has effectively supplanted everything else on that shelf.'' (Professional Boat Builder)

``This book should come as standard equipment with every boat.'' (Sail)

``A truly remarkable bible--This book is the best kind that I am aware of, and it should become part of the ship's library for every self-sufficient cruiser.'' (WoodenBoat)

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Pick up this book and keep it handy.
James Carter
This book was a great help in redoing my electrical system, as well as helping me understand numerous systems on my boat.
M. Mitchell
If you every are going to do any work on your boat or want to understand how the things on your boat work; BUY THIS BOOK.
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98 of 102 people found the following review helpful By M. Mitchell on March 29, 1999
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I don't give out many 5 star reviews. But this one definitely qualifies. If you have an electrical or mechanical problem start here. Lots of good, well explained information for those of use who are not experts. This book was a great help in redoing my electrical system, as well as helping me understand numerous systems on my boat. Calder covers how things work, limitations, purchase and design considerations, integration with other systems and practical pros and cons. Would I buy this again? ABSOLUTELY-I can recommend this book with no limitations.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I recently bought a 29 sportfish boat. I knew it had some problems but after owning it for a few weeks the list of problems was longer than I am tall. The initial estimate from the marina to fix these items was $14,000! I intially choked at the thought of spending $49 for this book but i knew I couldn't afford the marina. Now 4 months later and only $4,000 invested, I have completed the repairs of every item on the list. My book is now dog-eared and oil stained but it has a permanent place onboard. The best investment I made in my boat.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By James Carter on November 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a sailer who was getting ready to take a two-year hiatus with my new wife crewing aboard an 80 ft motorsailer. The boat was absolute mechanical and electrical madness compared to my 26 ft Pearson and I needed help in a BIG way. This book was the answer.
The book explained everything very simply and thoroughly. I am not sure if experienced mechanics (diesel) and electricians would find it useful, except as a resource, but if you are even a little unsure of your abilities you cannot go wrong with this book. As a result of reaading the book several times as needed, and receiving a bit of instruction from the knowledgeable captain, I am now fairly competent.
Pick up this book and keep it handy. You will use it.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kathy on March 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
When electrical or mechanical systems go wrong on a boat afloat, you have a crisis. An uneducated repair can be costly. This book needs to be handy.
The book devotes 113 pages to aspects of the electrical system, then addresses auxiliary sources of power, electric generators and motors, marine electronics, diesel engines, transmissions, refrigeration and air conditioning, toilet systems, pumps, steering systems, stoves, heaters, lights, rigging, deck rigging and hardware. Its a gold mine.
Its guidance in the toilet repair and generator troubleshooting has been a great help to us.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 1997
Format: Hardcover
My wife and I recently purchased a 1978 36 ft. trawler. Absolutely no documentation for any system was provided. This book thoroughly explains various systems, and gives comprehensive technique for repair and evaluation. At first reading the information almost overwhelmed. Subsequent reading made the information seem to unfold before me. This is the kind of book that empowers! Having this book aboard is like having the expert mechanical "dock" friend" we all wish were tied next to us. As a favor to yourself, your insecurities, your wallet -- put this book on board.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
If you own any type of boat and plan on doing any repair or maintennance yourself, this is the indespensible book. Covers almost everything that can break on a boat. Starting with an explanation of the system, what can go wrong, what you can do to prevent against failure and finally how to repair it when it does. There is no better book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I use to carry four different books, that together did not come close to covering what this one book does. This is one of the few books that I consider absolutely essential. I consider this book as important as my charts.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ron Lovell on February 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have sailed and maintained everything from a Turnabout to crewing on a 118' schooner with a couple of diesel trawlers thrown in for good measure. Being on the water most of my life, I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. I was really impressed by the amazingly detailed coverage given each subject area. While most books give you one or two options for a given situation, Calder gives just about every option! He also takes great pains to educate the reader, allowing them to make a more informed decision. While this book may be a bit daunting for the novice and those who are thoroughly technically un-inclined, it is an absolutely essential reference for anyone maintaing systems afloat!
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