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Advanced Marine Electrics and Electronics Troubleshootingby Edwin R. Sherman
Synopses & Reviews
SAVE TIME AND MONEY WITH THIS STATE-OF-THE-ART GUIDE TO THE LATEST, MOST ADVANCED DIAGNOSTIC EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQUES
“Ed Sherman is one of America’s great teachers and communicators of marine technology.”--Tim Murphy, Executive Editor, Cruising World
Whether you are a marine electronics professional or a boatowner, Advanced Marine Electrics and Electronics Troubleshooting helps you understand the new, more powerful methods of troubleshooting marine electrical and electronic systems. A modern boat’s sophisticated installations and networked electronics can stretch the traditional diagnostic methods based on trouble lights and multimeters past their useful limits. This book will show you how to:
Ed Sherman is a regular contributor to Professional Boatbuilder and Cruising World and a senior staff writer for the American Boat & Yacht Council.
Discover your electrical problem before it short-circuits your boating fun This state-of-the-art toolkit is packed with diagnostic techniques for sniffing out hidden wiring breaks, interference sources, short circuits, loose connections, undersized wiring and buss bars, faulty generators, and much more.
Table of Contents
Marine troubleshooting the modern way — Finding your way — Electrics versus electronics — The basic steps of troubleshooting — Electrical systems troubleshooting — Testing batteries, charging systems, and starter circuits; measuring voltage drop — Catalysts for change — Conductance battery tester — Diagnostic meter — A word about value — Testing continuity and tracing circuits — Tone generating circuit tracer — Alphanumeric time domain reflectometer — A word about value — Testing AC systems and grounding systems for polarity, voltage drop, impedance, and frequency — The suretest circuit analyzer — The tool to have — Temperature monitoring as a diagnostic tool — Infrared heat-sensing gun — Other candidates for temperature monitoring — Monitoring makes sense — Using power factor to determine energy efficiency — Improving your power factor — Determining power consumption — Using a power analyzer — A word about value — Analyzing harmonic distortion with an oscilloscope — Why you need a scope — Harmonic distortion — Using a laptop for intermittent problems — Laptop link-ups — Additional advantages — Real-world examples — Testing for electromagnetic and radio frequency interference — Understanding electromagnetic interference — Standards and regulations — Common sources and victims of interference — Tools of the trade — Testing for residual current and isolating its sources — AC leakage from appliances — Using a clamp-on AC leak tester — AC leakage from degraded insulation — Using a megohmmeter — Conducting a corrosion survey — Tools of the trade — Underwater metal corrosion and protection basics — Conducting a corrosion survey — Galvanic isolators — Tracking stray current — The grounding system — Wired for lightning protection — Grounding to minimize RFI effects — Comparing ABYC and NMEA grounding standards — Marine electronics installation and troubleshooting — Guidelines for electronic equipment installations — Ergonomics — Watertight integrity — Thermal limits — Power supply — Summary of guidelines — Installing communications and position-finding systems and radar — Communications systems — Position-finding systems — Radar — Installing depth sounders, weather systems, and autopilots — Depth sounders — Wind- and weather-monitoring instruments — Autopilots — Coaxial cable and antennas — About coaxial cable — Choosing coax for marine applications — Installing coaxial cable — VHF antennas — SSB antennas — Radar antennas — Cell phone antennas — Television and satellite radio antennas — Onboard networks — Troubleshooting concepts — Network types — NMEA 2000 — Troubleshooting — The future of onboard power distribution — Closing thoughts.
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