Boatowner's Illustrated Electrical Handbook

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0071486933

Date

February 28, 2006

Format

Hardback, 320 pages

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ISBN

0071446443 / 9780071446440

$

Your Price

34.95



Overview


Main description

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


Table of contents

Introduction1. Basic DC CircuitsWhat Electricity Is • Ohm's Law • Using Ohm's Law • Loads • Sources • Practice Problems2. DC MeasurementsAnalog Test Instruments • Digital Test Instruments • Digital vs. Analog Test Instruments • Homemade Testers • Troubleshooting3. BatteriesWhat Is a Battery? • A Few Messy Details • Electrical Model of Batteries • Monitoring Battery Health • Discharge Characteristics • Charging Characteristics • Charging Recommendations • Estimating Your Daily Load • Choosing a Battery Type • Optimum Depth of Discharge • Sizing the Alternator • Series vs. Parallel • Battery Boxes • ABYC Standards for Batteries4. AlternatorsA Galley Alternator • A Rotary Current Machine • Rectification • Controlling the Alternator • Type-P and Type-N Alternators • Powering the Voltage Regulator • Regulator Bypass Controls • Link 2000-R Charge Controller • Charging Setups • Alternator Installation • Troubleshooting5. BondingWhat Is Bonding? • Lightning Protection • Corrosion Protection • Stray-Current Protection • To Bond or Not to Bond • Sizing the Anode(s) • Testing Your Protection • Noncathodic Corrosion • The ABYC on Cathodic Protection6. DC Standards and PracticesWiring Diagrams • Marine Wire • ABYC DC Load Calculation • Allowable Conductor Amperage • Allowable Voltage Drop • Identification and Installation • Overcurrent Protection • Conductor Connections • Ignition Protection7. AC BasicsAlternating Current • Power Factor • AC Safety • Grounding • Conductor Identification • Transformers • AC Measurements • Troubleshooting AC Circuits • Checking Polarity8. Inverters and GeneratorsWhy Have AC Power? • Figuring Your AC Budget • Inverters • Transfer Switching • Generators • Troubleshooting Generators9. AC Standards and PracticesShore Power • Generator and Inverter Sources • Main Panelboard • AC Load Calculations • Overcurrent Protection • Approved Wire and Cable • Ampacity Tables • Conductor Installation • The Green Wire • Approved Shore-Power Circuits10. Conservation for LiveaboardsCosts per Kilowatt-Hour • Lighting Savings • Refrigeration Savings • Other Savings11. Solar PowerIs Solar for You? • How Photovoltaics Work • Photovoltaic Panels • Interpreting Specifications • Panel Orientation • Estimating Output • Mechanical Installation • Electrical Installation • Rules for Solar Success12.Wind PowerIs Wind Power for You? • Getting Power from the Wind • How Much Wind Is There? • Estimating Daily Output • Specifications • Electrical Installation • Mechanical Installation • Water Generators13. Installing ElectronicsAntennas • Antenna Cable and Connectors • Moisture Protection • VHF Radio • GPS and SSB • Radar • Receiver/Transmitter Installation • Harnessing Electrical Noise • Electrical Filters14. Do-it-Yourself ProjectsPassive Circuit Components • Active Circuit Components • ProjectsAppendicesOther Wiring Standards • English/Metric Conversions • Temperature Conversions • Power Conversions • Resistance of Copper Wire • Losses in Coaxial Cables • Wiring Color Codes • Useful Electrical Formulas • Identifying Resistors • Identifying Capacitors • Trigonometric TablesGlossaryIndex


Author comments

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.


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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.





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