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Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual : How to Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat S Essential Systems - Nigel Calder

Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual

How to Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat S Essential Systems


Published: 1st June 2005
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Published: 21st June 2005
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The boatowner's foremost troubleshooting guide, now better than ever

If it's on a boat and it has screws, wires, or moving parts, it's covered in Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual. When you leave the dock with this book aboard, you have at your fingertips the best and most comprehensive advice on:

  • Battery technologies
  • 12- and 24-volt DC systems
  • Corrosion, bonding, and lightning protection
  • Generators, inverters, and battery chargers
  • Electric motors and electric lights
  • Marine electronics, antennas, and RFI
  • Diesel engines
  • Transmissions, shaft brakes, and propellers
  • Refrigeration and air-conditioning
  • Tanks, plumbing, and through-hulls
  • Pumps and watermakers
  • Steering, autopilots, and wind vanes
  • Stoves and heaters
  • Winches, windlasses, and bow thrusters
  • Spars, rigging, and roller reefing
About the Author

Nigel Calder is widely acknowledged as the world's foremost writer on boat systems maintenance. He is a frequent contributor to boating magazines in the United States and Britain.


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
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    This is the essential book for any boat owner for low voltage DC electrics.

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    List of Troubleshooting Chartsp. viii
    List of Tablesp. ix
    Preface and Acknowledgments to the Third Editionp. xii
    Preface and Acknowledgments to the Second Editionp. xiv
    Introductionp. 1
    Establishing a Balanced Battery-Powered Electrical Systemp. 2
    Introductionp. 4
    Batteriesp. 5
    Getting Down to Specificsp. 16
    Putting the Pieces Togetherp. 35
    Summary: A Balanced Systemp. 45
    Electrical Systems for Energy-Intensive Boatsp. 46
    Additional Energy Sourcesp. 48
    Dual-Voltage DC Systemsp. 57
    Fuel Cells, Higher-Voltage DC Boats, and Electric Propulsionp. 65
    Maintaining and Troubleshooting a Battery-Powered Electrical Systemp. 72
    Batteriesp. 74
    Alternatorsp. 85
    Voltage Regulatorsp. 104
    Diodesp. 109
    Understanding and Troubleshooting Electrical Circuitsp. 112
    Basic Concepts and Measurementsp. 114
    DC Circuitsp. 121
    AC Circuitsp. 133
    Proper Electrical Installationsp. 157
    Corrosion, Bonding, Lightning Protection, and Groundingp. 196
    Corrosionp. 198
    Bonding and Cathodic Protectionp. 212
    Lightning Protectionp. 219
    Groundingp. 231
    Battery Chargers, Inverters, Wind and Water Generators, and Solar Panelsp. 236
    Battery Chargersp. 238
    Invertersp. 250
    Wind and Water Generatorsp. 266
    Solar Panelsp. 281
    AC Generators, DC Generators, Electric Motors (DC and AC), and Electric Lightsp. 288
    AC Generatorsp. 290
    DC Generatorsp. 305
    Electric Motorsp. 306
    Electric Lightsp. 326
    Marine Electronics: Antennas and Radio Grounds, Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency Interference, and Saving Soaked Equipmentp. 338
    Marine Electronicsp. 340
    Antennas and Radio Groundsp. 343
    Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency Interferencep. 353
    Saving Soaked Equipmentp. 360
    Diesel Engines: Operation and Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Winter Layupp. 362
    Operation and Maintenancep. 364
    Troubleshooting Part 1: Failure to Startp. 377
    Troubleshooting Part 2: Operating Problemsp. 395
    Winter Layup and Recommissioningp. 414
    From Transmission to Propellerp. 422
    Transmissions and Shaft Brakesp. 424
    Connecting a Transmission to a Propeller Shaftp. 437
    Shaft Sealsp. 442
    Struts, Bearings, and Propellersp. 449
    Refrigeration and Air-Conditioningp. 458
    CFCs and the Ozone Holep. 460
    Balancing Refrigeration Needs with Boat Usep. 463
    Air-Conditioningp. 488
    Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning: Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repairp. 491
    Charging and Topping-Off Proceduresp. 509
    Tanks, Plumbing, Toilets, and Through-Hull Fittingsp. 516
    Tanks and Fittingsp. 518
    Plumbingp. 527
    Marine Toilets (Heads)p. 540
    Through-Hulls and Seacocksp. 560
    Pumps and Watermakersp. 570
    Pumpsp. 572
    Pump Switchesp. 601
    Watermakersp. 607
    Steering Systems, Autopilots, and Wind Vanesp. 620
    Steering Systemsp. 622
    Autopilotsp. 647
    Wind Vane Self-Steeringp. 653
    Stoves, Cabin Heaters, Gas-Powered Water Heaters, and Lanternsp. 662
    Gasp. 664
    Alcohol, Kerosene, and Diesel Appliancesp. 676
    Carbon Monoxide Poisoningp. 684
    Blocks, Winches, Windlasses, and Bow Thrustersp. 692
    Blocksp. 694
    Winchesp. 699
    Windlassesp. 709
    Bow Thrustersp. 729
    Spars, Standing Rigging, and Roller Reefingp. 730
    Sparsp. 732
    Standing Riggingp. 748
    Roller Reefing and Furlingp. 767
    Glossaryp. 782
    Checklist of Winterizing Proceduresp. 790
    Freeing Frozen Parts and Fastenersp. 792
    Tools and Spare Partsp. 794
    Useful Tablesp. 797
    Indexp. 805
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    ISBN: 9780071432382
    ISBN-10: 0071432388
    Audience: General
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 832
    Published: 1st June 2005
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 27.6 x 22.1  x 3.5
    Weight (kg): 1.89
    Edition Number: 3