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Sailboat Electrics Simplified Hardcover – April 21, 1999
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About the Author
Don Casey credits the around-the-world voyage of Robin Lee Graham, featured in National Geographic in the late 1960s, with opening his eyes to the world beyond the shoreline. After graduation from the University of Texas he moved to south Florida, where he began to spend virtually all his leisure time messing about in boats.
In 1983 he abandoned a career in banking to devote more time to cruising and writing. His work combining these two passions soon began to appear in many popular sailing and boating magazines. In 1986 he co-authored Sensible Cruising: The Thoreau Approach, an immediate best-seller and the book responsible for pushing many would-be cruisers over the horizon. He is also author of This Old Boat, a universally praised guide that has led thousands of boatowners through the process of turning a rundown production boat into a first-class yacht, and of Sailboat Refinishing, Sailboat Hull & Deck Repair, Canvaswork & Sail Repair, and Inspecting the Aging Sailboat, all part of the International Marine Sailboat Library. He continues to evaluate old and new products and methods, often trying them on his own 30-year-old, much-modified, Allied Seawind.
When not writing or off cruising, he can be found sailing on Florida's Biscayne Bay.
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Top Customer Reviews
First of all, it is a very easy book to read. There is not a wasted word in the whole book. All concepts are concise and easily understood. When you need a diagram to grok a concept, it is there. You can sit down and read this book like a novel it's written so well.
Second, it leaves no assumptions. Sure, I'd like to think I know all things electrical, but I don't. Sailboat electrics is as different from automotive electrics as cake is from pie. I learned about the difference between marine and automotive batteries. I learned about corrosion and zincs. I picked up the concept of sailboat characteristics in a lightning strike. These are the categories that are not covered in automotive books or even in general Electrical Engineering courses.
I think this book should be every boaters first choice in sailboat electrics. I recommend it to everyone who has an interest. If you feel you need even more detail, or equipment-specific knowledge, you can always pick up (my 2nd must-have book choice): Boatowner's Mechanical & Electrical Manual: How to Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat's Essential Systems.
Between the two, you will have on hand a reference to everything you will need to know.
Note: Don't buy if you already have "Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual" as you will find this manual inside the "big" one.
Casey's book had the foundation knowledge I needed to understand the troubleshooting steps and a specific troubleshooting process that enabled me to find and fix the source of the problem. That alone was a huge benefit and probably saved me a couple of hundred dollars.
More importantly, reading the book to solve my specific problem gave me the foundation to approach any electrical problem on the boat. I'm generally pretty handy and now can view electrical troubleshooting as just another thing that I have the confidence to do.
Very, very well written. Good mix between simplicity and specificity. I highly recommend this book and a good multimeter.
I found particularly useful the chapter about the choice of types of batteries.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book does a superb job of making the complex simple; this is not easy to do in the subject area of electricity! Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Test
Simplified to the point where everything is now clear....thank youPublished 10 days ago by William E Edgin
A very basic book on sailboat electrical systems. This book will assist me when I rewire my boat with LED lights.Published 14 days ago by Gordon Whyte
Anyone who owns a boat needs this book. Easy to read and a GREAT referance.Published 5 months ago by charles a. szymanski
This is a classic book. It explains things in very simple terms for the sailor who does not know a lot about electronics but has an old boat to fix and restore.Published 5 months ago by Saltwater girl
Short book but great info and a must have if your handy overall and want to do wiring on your boat. In depth and recommend highly. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brian S.
Written with clear, and easy to understand explanations and illustrations. And it's not just about marine electrical systems, but also basic concepts about electricity. Read morePublished 10 months ago by James R Wilhoit