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Product Details

  • Series: IM Sailboat Library
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (March 31, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070366497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070366497
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Don't be baffled by your electrical system--handle repairs and improvements with ease! With clear illustrations and simple explanations, Don Casey shows you exactly how to install wiring... make good, safe connections... match your battery bank and alternator to your needs... troubleshoot problems quickly... avoid shore power problems... and more--all without a lot of technical jargon. "Don Casey's book provides clear guidance on how to create and maintain a robust electrical system. Don's lucid explanations and numerous illustrations make what is normally mysterious and invisible--electricity--into something the reader is able to understand with confidence. An excellent addition to the sailor's seagoing library."--Chuck Hawley.

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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A good first book for the do-it-yourself market.
J. Holloway
I am a visual learner, and the book is full of great illustrations that are easy to understand.
Joe Bink
I highly recommend this book and a good multimeter.
L. West

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81 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Arno E Jones on August 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I've been wiring cars and motorcycles for 30 years. I also work with microcontrollers and supporting circuity and electronics in general. Somebody suggested that I get into boat electrics and maybe I could help support my cruising kitty (when the time comes) by working on other peoples sailboats. It seemed like a good idea, so I set out learning what I could and to gain some experience. The first thing I did was to buy every book I could lay my hands on on boat wiring and read them from cover to cover. Now that I've wired and repaired a few sailboats I realized that out of all the books I have, only two were refered to continuously while the rest have collected dust. This book is one of them.
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.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Siu on July 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
An outstanding book. I myself knew absolutely nothing about electricity when I first bought this book - although obviously it didn't make me an expert, it nonetheless taught me what I needed to know to start modifying my boat's electrical systems. I admit that I am biased - Don Casey is one of my favorite sailing authors - but if you are a novice and need to upgrade your boat's electrics, this is the book to get.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By joel bremer on June 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have a twenty-five boat with modest electrical needs. This book gave me all the foundational material I needed to start and finish my project but more importantly presented the material in a very readable even entertaining fasion while remaining efficient. Great diagrams, great book, great sailing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Garbarino Domenico on February 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Manuel F. Silva on October 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a good example of a book that was carefully written to be understood by a large spectrum of amateur sailors.

I found particularly useful the chapter about the choice of types of batteries.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. West on January 25, 2005
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I started with almost zero knowledge and some fear of all things electrical and a marine starting battery that would discharge overnight. I'd had the battery tested and found good leaving the problem somewhere in the boat's wiring. I got everything I needed to have to fix this problem from this book.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jaxsurfsail on January 31, 2011
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Don's approach provides the novice with a very good understanding of concepts, layout and design, installation practices, trouble shooting, etc. A great first place to go for the aspiring DIY'er!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Skipper on February 17, 2010
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The book is aptly named as it does make sailboat electrics simplified. However, this contents of this book are identical to the electronics chapters in the book "Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual". If you are only interested in electrical systems, this is the right book for you. If you are looking for a more complete sailboat maintenance book go with this book,Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual: Including Inspecting the Aging Sailboat, Sailboat Hull and Deck Repair, Sailboat Refinishing, Sailbo.
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