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


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Publisher Comments:

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

"If you had to choose a single book to help you assess and maintain your boat gear, this would be it."—Practical Sailor

"A truly remarkable bible. . . . This book is the best of its kind."—WoodenBoat

"A major achievement. . . . It would be hard to imagine anything going wrong on a boat that couldn't be figured out with this book."—Sailing World

"The world's best technical reference and troubleshooting book."—Sailing Inland and Offshore

"This manual will be of lasting interest to anyone who wants to know how their boat works, what has gone wrong when it doesn't, and how it could be fixed."—Classic Boat

"Without becoming too complex, the book covers almost every imaginable mechanical or electrical matter in the marine environment."—Work Boat World

"Calder lives what he writes, . . . [and] what he offers . . . is practical solutions to problems associated with increasingly complex marine systems. . . . [A] bargain for anyone in the construction and repair side of the boat business."—Professional Boatbuilder

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.

Table of Contents

List of Troubleshooting ChartsList of TablesPreface and Acknowledgments to the Third EditionPreface and Acknowledgments to the Second EditionIntroductionChapter 1. Establishing a Balanced Battery-Powered Electrical SystemIntroductionBatteriesGetting Down to SpecificsPutting the Pieces TogetherSummary: A Balanced SystemChapter 2. Electrical Systems for Energy-Intensive BoatsAdditional Energy SourcesDual-Voltage DC SystemsFuel Cells, Higher-Voltage DC Boats, and Electric PropulsionChapter 3. Maintaining and Troubleshooting a Battery-Powered Electrical SystemBatteriesAlternatorsVoltage RegulatorsDiodesChapter 4. Understanding and Troubleshooting Electrical CircuitsBasic Concepts and MeasurementsDC CircuitsAC CircuitsProper Electrical InstallationsChapter 5. Corrosion, Bonding, Lightning Protection, and GroundingCorrosionBonding and Cathodic ProtectionLightning ProtectionGroundingChapter 6. Battery Chargers, Inverters, Wind and Water Generators, and Solar PanelsBattery ChargersInvertersWind and Water GeneratorsSolar PanelsChapter 7. AC Generators, DC Generators, Electric Motors (DC and AC), and Electric Lights AC GeneratorsDC GeneratorsElectric MotorsElectric LightsChapter 8. Marine Electronics: Antennas and Radio Grounds, Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency Interference, and Saving Soaked EquipmentMarine ElectronicsAntennas and Radio GroundsElectromagnetic and Radio Frequency InterferenceSaving Soaked EquipmentChapter 9. Diesel Engines: Operation and Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Winter LayupOperation and MaintenanceTroubleshooting Part 1: Failure to StartTroubleshooting Part 2: Operating ProblemsWinter Layup and RecommissioningChapter 10. From Transmission to PropellerTransmissions and Shaft BrakesConnecting a Transmission to a Propeller ShaftShaft SealsStruts, Bearings, and PropellersChapter 11. Refrigeration and Air-ConditioningCFCs and the Ozone HoleBalancing Refrigeration Needs with Boat UseAir-ConditioningRefrigeration and Air-Conditioning: Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and RepairCharging and Topping-Off ProceduresChapter 12. Tanks, Plumbing, Toilets, and Through-Hull FittingsTanks and FittingsPlumbingMarine Toilets (Heads)Through-Hulls and SeacocksChapter 13. Pumps and WatermakersPumpsPump SwitchesWatermakersChapter 14. Steering Systems, Autopilots, and Wind VanesSteering SystemsAutopilotsWind Vane Self-SteeringChapter 15. Stoves, Cabin Heaters, Gas-Powered Water Heaters, and LanternsGasAlcohol, Kerosene, and Diesel AppliancesCarbon Monoxide PoisoningChapter 16. Blocks, Winches, Windlasses, and Bow ThrustersBlocksWinchesWindlassesBow ThrustersChapter 17. Spars, Standing Rigging, and Roller ReefingSparsStanding RiggingRoller Reefing and FurlingGlossaryAppendix A: Checklist of Winterizing ProceduresAppendix B: Freeing Frozen Parts and FastenersAppendix C: Tools and Spare PartsAppendix D: Useful TablesIndex

Product Details

International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
Sports & Recreation : Boating - General
Calder, Nigel
Publication Date:
May 2005

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