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Marine Electrical and Electronics Bible Hardcover – October 13, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-1574090604 ISBN-10: 1574090607 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sheridan House; 2 edition (October 13, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574090607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574090604
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,210,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...a concise, useful and thoroughly practical guide....It's a 'must have on board' book. -- Sailing Inland and Offshore, July 1995

...this is, perhaps, the most easy-to-follow electrical reference to date. -- Cruising World, February 1996

A bible this really is....The clarity and attention to detail make this an ideal reference book that every professional and serious amateur fitter should have to hand. -- Cruising, Summer 1995

All in all, this book makes an essential reference manual for both the uninitiated and the expert. -- Yachting Monthly, April 1995

Cruising sailors and others involved in the industry will find it a handy desk reference specific to the latest marine electrical applications. -- The Midwest Book Review, February 1999

On electrics, the best book by far we have come across is The Marine Electrical and Electronics Bible. -- Motor Boat and Yachting, June 1997

About the Author

John C. Payne is a professional marine electrical engineer with 23 years merchant marine and offshore oil experience. Currently employed at R&B Falcon, Houston, he is responsible for implementing a Planned Maintenance System for a worldwide fleet of offshore deep-water drilling vessels. He is the Electrical/Electronics Editor for Australian Yachting Magazine and a Maritime Safety Auditor under the IMO ISM (International Safety Management) Code. He lives aboard his Herreshoff ketch Jolly Jack.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Conrad B. Senior on July 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I'm and Electrical Engineer and FCC licensed for radio and radar operation and repair. I read the book expecting to be disappointed--I now use it as my main reference.
The subject is complicated, but Payne keeps things simple, clear and concise--well suited for the layman and the expert. The appropriate references--everything you need is included in the book.
If you plan to maintain, or upgrade your yachts electrical system yourself, in whole or in part, this the book you want.
Read it once a year because you will not be able to digest and retain it all in one reading.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "jdoyle@dnai.com" on August 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
It was very hard to tell from the description or the reviews that the book is almost exclusively designed for the wind-borne sailor. For example there is very little on multiple alternator charging systems and all pictures of boats are of sailboats.
As a result I have a brand new copy for sale.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1998
Format: Hardcover
"The Marine Electrical and Electronics Bible" is an immensely-practical and easy-to-follow reference for sailors and powerboaters. John C. Payne's 1998 edition has been expanded to cover email services and system components; Web addresses for nautical books, magazines, software, and charts; new training and simulator software written for laptops; GMDSS Distress Call (Alert) Sequence; and current radio frequencies. In the Foreword, Payne writes: "If you wish to keep your boat healthy and safe you must have an electrical system based on sound principles." He goes on to give the essentials of those systems--everything from Batteries and DC Electrical Equipment to Radar and Entertainment Systems. Each chapter has concise instructions, simple illustrations, and easy-to-read printing. And the occasional set of equations is presented with plenty of white space. In the back of the book, there is not only a fine index, but a list of addresses of marine electrical suppliers in the U.S., United Kingdom, and Australia. Kudos to Payne and Sheridan House for publishing a new edition of this classic reference.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoy reading this book as it is just what is required when speccing out a boat. In particular the focus on keeping things as simple as possible is helpful as well as giving one the names of supliers and products that really reflect best practice. Every yachtowner with a technical interest should have it. If only more builders had read it as well!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barry L on April 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
It took me a bit to get used to the format of the book, its all outline style, point 1, 1a 1b etc. I did catch some mistakes in some tables... it seemed that wiring sizes in one table were different than another table. I wish some areas had more detailed infomration. But there is a LOT of information here, and he covers every category I can think of. I am currently in the process of rewiring my DC and it is very helpful. I use it in conjunction with Nigel Calder's book, and each has good info. Over all I prefer Calder, but like having both.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jamaica Jim on November 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
10 years ago I used this book to engineer and install the electrical system on an old 60's vintage sailboat. Since then, the boat has been sailed extensively and the system has performed flawlessly. The information on batteries, energy management, and charging is invaluable.

I work in a boatyard, and can honestly say that because of this book there are not many boats that are wired as well as mine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SP-SFL on October 14, 2009
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After just a few moments of reviewing the book it becomes clear that the author has elected to present the "theory" of marine electrical and electronics systems without much information on practical applications of this information. Although this book would make good course material for anyone studying the subject, the term "bible" implies practical information and guidance which is NOT provided in this book. If you are interested in understanding the theory behind the subject, the book could be helpful, if you need practical information on how to diagnose and solve real problems encountered with existing marine electrical and electronic systems, making new installations, or avoiding electrical problems, you'll probably want to look elsewhere.
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We have been having a lack of battery power on our 2013 44 Jeanneau. All the so called professionals I contacted just gave me the quick answer of add more batteries and give us lots of money for it. I bought this book to try and understand the situation and ultimately come to a properly designed solution that did not require throwing money at it till the problem disappeared. This book helped immensely with that, we shall see how the solution works this year but thanks to this book and a few others I have much more confidence in the solution. The only complaint I have is the book seems a bit behind the times, certain sections are up to date while others have a mid 90's feel to them. It is also a theory based book not a step by step how to manual which for my situation was perfect!
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