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Boatowner's Illustrated Electrical Handbook Hardcover – August 26, 2011
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Keep your boat's electrical systems running and reliable
“Boatowner’s Illustrated Electrical Handbook is perfect for learning how your boat’s electrical system and much of its equipment works, and it will be an invaluable guide when adding equipment as well. This book needs to be in every boater’s library as a ready reference on how to make effective repairs and modifications that comply with ABYC standards.”―Ed Sherman, Senior Instructor and Curriculum Designer, American Boat and Yacht Council
“A definitive technical book that is easy to read. Buy this book and throw out the rest.”―Motorboat & Yachting
Whether you take to the sea under power or sail, bounce around the bay in your runabout, or cross oceans in your cruiser, you’ll find everything you need to maintain, repair, and upgrade your boat’s DC and AC electrical systems with this comprehensive and fully illustrated guide.
Tackle onboard electrical projects and learn how to:
- Meet ABYC standards for both DC and AC wiring
- Install solar- and wind-power systems
- Add electrical components
- Prevent corrosion of your electrical system . . . and more
Charlie Wing received his Ph.D. in oceanography from MIT. Since then, he has spent his career explaining how things work. He founded two do-it-yourself house-building schools, hosted a PBS series on energy conservation, and has written more than a dozen top-selling do-it-yourself books. Wing lived aboard his boat for six years, during which he wrote the first edition of this book.
About the Author
Charlie Wing received his Ph.D. in oceanography from MIT, where he later worked as a research scientist. He has written a dozen books on home building and five top-selling boating books.
Top Customer Reviews
There is a lot more to 12 volts, than a positive and ground. To my surprise, it's more complex than 120 VAC in my house. At home, for the most part, you use one standard type of wire and have no concerns about your wiring causing any part of your house to corrode. While there is virtually a perfect and repeatable way to wire everything in your home, surprisingly their isn't a perfect way to do things on your boat, you need to continuously make tradeoff's when you add something new, and it helps to understand the tradeoff's that were already made on your boat by the manufacturer's and prior owner's in making your next modification. Also, at home for the most part, your not worried about corrosion, while on a boat, the various metals in your boat want to use the water to establish electrical currents that are destructive ... in the very worst case in a matter of days, if not months and years, to metal parts in your boat.
This book explains it all very well. Be sure to start from the beginning where it explains what a battery is. I skipped that section initially (I know the chemistry of a battery more than most people), but found it very helpful to read this section, as the following sections establish how the various metals in your boat colude to form their own battery like behavior where you didn't intend, the result being corrosion.Read more ›
references to the ABYC and the NEC as necessary. If you're a licensed electrican (like me) you'll appreciate the nomenclature.
If you're Bob Boatowner with little or no experience making electrical installations - this book might not be for you. But, if you are willing to read and read again - you'll be OK.
Also, editing was poor.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent resource with intuitive explanations of marine electric systems.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Comprehensive but simple to read, every thing a boat owner needs to know to maintain a boat electrical system. Look for an update with more on LCD lighting soonPublished 3 months ago by Michael J Voegtlin
Overly obsessive presentation and pontification of needless detail about history of routine test devices among other things. And then it gets worse. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Gault