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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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Product Details

  • Series: IM Sailboat Library
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (April 21, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070366497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070366497
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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I bought "The 12 Volt Bible for Boats" and "Sailboat Electrics Simplified". Both are good books, but "Sailboat Electrics Simplified" seems to explain electronics for the do-it-yourself type of individual better with better examples. I own a 1977 Albin power boat that needs a lot of electric work done. I would recommend this book to any one who is interested in doing their own work, or checking out work that has been done on your boat, to make sure it was done properly. This book is not just for sailboats, but for all boats and is a great book to have in your boating library. I now know easily what gauge wire to use and how to properly route it and connect it to terminals. I now realize that some of the work done on my other boats was do to fail at some point in time, but if I still owned the boats I would easily be able to correct others mistakes. Buying marine grade products for boat electronics will save you a lot of rework later on. A good first book for the do-it-yourself market.
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A terrific treatise on sailboat electrical systems. This book requires no prior knowledge of electricity, yet will guide you through many of the complexities you may encounter when installing and maintaining your electrical system on your boat. As. The name implies - it makes the complex simple. A great reference for any ships library.
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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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