- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (January 12, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071444564
- ISBN-13: 978-0071444569
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.1 x 11.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Boat Mechanical Systems Handbook: How to Design, Install, and Recognize Proper Systems in Boats 1st Edition
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About the Author
Dave Gerr is the director of the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology--the only accredited distance-learning school of small-craft design in the United States--and since 1983 the principal of Gerr Marine, Inc., a designer of yachts and commercial vessels. A fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, he is the author of Propeller Handbook, The Elements of Boat Strength, and The Nature of Boats, all from International Marine/McGraw-Hill.
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The author explains the best practices for the design and installation of most systems on boats. Of particular interest is his explanations of how to size system components and connections. For example: what size and how many bilge pumps do you need for your vessel? In my case, a lot more than I thought as most pump manufacturer's performance data is not reflective of real world conditions.
Mr. Gerr also provides numerous formulas with which to calculate the proper size of various components from bilge pumps to fuel filters, hoses, heaters, anchors, etc. I am a testament that you don't need to be a math whiz to understand how to use these formula.
As a fellow boat owner, even if you do not perform your own maintenance this book will prove invaluable in providing you essential information so you will understand and recognize proper installations performed by others. The piece of mind that comes from the knowledge that your vessel is sound is priceless.
Mr. Gerr's Propeller Handbook is also written in the same easy to understand style and is most useful for those considering re-powering their boat or trying to solve performance problems.
Nigel Calder's Boat Owners Mechanical and Electrical Manual is also essential reading for the boat owner.
I am relatively new to working in marine design and have picked up Dave's books to fill in some of the gaps in my knowledge. I have not been disappointed. This book would also be a good resource for boat owners and boat builders.
I haven't poured over all the chapters, but my first impression is that The Boat Mechanical Systems Handbook does an excellent job of covering all the typical mechanical systems you'd find on a boat, including detailed drawings and rules/calculations for sizing boat parts.
As the book covers boats, you won't find many details that are also applicable to larger commercial vessels (ships) but the principles are often the same anyways.
A great value.
Certainly if you do maintenance on your boat you will need this book