The 12-Volt Bible for Boats [NOOK Book]


A How-To Classic

The 12-Volt Bible for Boats is a complete introduction to the 12-volt electrical systems used on small boats to power everything from reading lights to bilge pumps. Written for boaters who are not skilled electricians, it clearly explains how 12-volt systems work and how to install, ...

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A How-To Classic

The 12-Volt Bible for Boats is a complete introduction to the 12-volt electrical systems used on small boats to power everything from reading lights to bilge pumps. Written for boaters who are not skilled electricians, it clearly explains how 12-volt systems work and how to install, maintain, and troubleshoot them.

This second edition has been thoroughly updated to include the latest on marine batteries--including AGM and gel-cell batteries, multistage chargers, inverters, new wiring conventions, alternative energy sources, and modern test gear.

"A nuts-and-bolts primer for boatowners."--Cruising World

"Every boat with a 12-volt system needs this book on board."--Atlanta-Journal Constitution

"A gentle journey through the complexities of electrical circuitry."--Small Boat Journal

"This bible is as basic to boat electrical systems as the 10 commandments are to moral behaivor. It does not get any more fundamental than this."--Dockside NW

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071660730
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 11/11/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 320,357
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Miner Brotherton is a longtime boater and professor (retired) of physical sciences and marine electronics who excels at rendering technical boating topics in lay terms. Ed Sherman is the asssistant director of education at the American Boat & Yacht Council, the country's preeminent standard-making boating body. He is the author of Outboard Engines and Powerboater's Guide to Electrical Systems.

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction to the Second Edition, by Ed ShermanIntroduction to the First EditionChapter 1. BASIC THEORY OF ELECTRICITY: A PrimerA Few Words of Caution The Atom and Its ElectronsThe Atom; Electrons; Molecules and Bonding; Ions and ElectronsTerms DefinedCoulomb's Law; Charge; Current; Voltage, Potential Difference, and EMF; Energy; Power; Amp-Hours; ResistanceElectricity Is Not Water, But . . . Ohm's LawIR Drops and I2R HeatChapter 2. ELECTRIC CIRCUITS: Parts of the SystemCircuit ComponentsSeries CircuitsParallel CircuitsChapter 3. THE BATTERY: Heart of the SystemPrimary and Secondary CellsPurpose and Function of the Storage BatteryWhat Happens When DischargingWhat Happens When ChargingElectrolyte and HydrometersPreventing Freezing; Using a Hydrometer; Determining Specific Gravity on Sealed BatteriesLoad Testing BatteriesStorage Battery ConstructionDifferentiating among BatteriesAnatomy of a Battery; Six-Volt Batteries; Newer Battery TypesBattery BanksSelecting a BatteryBattery Maintenance and ToolsChapter 4. THE WIRING: Electrical Veins and ArteriesProper SizeResistivity; Wire Length; ThicknessInsulationIdentification CodesTerminalsInstallationA Lesson in SolderingChapter 5. THE CONTROLS: Brains of the SystemThe Control PanelWhere to Put It?; Replacement AlternativesSwitchesMaster SwitchFusesCircuit BreakersRelaysPanel MetersChapter 6. TRANSDUCERS: Things That Do the WorkWhat Do You Need?LightsNavigation Lights; Interior Lights; Exterior LightsMotorsMotor Maintenance; Starter Motors; Refrigerator Motors; Bilge PumpsElectronicsInstallation; Power Consumption; InterferenceChapter 7. RECHARGING THE BATTERYMultiple Battery IsolatorsAlternators and GeneratorsThe RegulatorMaking Adjustments; Checking Charging Voltage; Regulator Settings; Recharge RatesAC Shore Power and Solid-State ChargersProper AC Converter/Chargers; Danger: Shock and Galvanic Corrosion; Maintaining Proper PolaritySolar CellsWind ChargersWater ChargersDC-to-AC InvertersChapter 8. TROUBLESHOOTING THE SYSTEMTroubleshooting PrinciplesTroubleshooting Instrument: The Multifunction MeterReading Ohms; Reading DC Volts; Reading AC Volts; Reading DC AmpsTroubleshooting Instrument: Test LightsA Continuity Tester; Make Your Own; Buying or Making Test LightsLocating FaultsLight Won't Work; Moisture-Related Problems; Engine Won't Start; Bilge Pump Problem; Blinking Masthead LightNoodling Out a SolutionMake a Picture; Follow a System; Tickling the Field; Simple Problems with Varying Degrees of ComplexityLeaks and Their DetectionPARTING WORD: SOME THOUGHTS ON MAINTENANCEYour Boat's Electrical ToolboxSpare Parts and JunkRESOURCESContact InformationInstallation RecordsINDEX
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2011

    Second time around

    This book is well worth having we loned it out so needed to replace very useful in rewiring our boat.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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