Boatowner's Illustrated Electrical Handbook / Edition 2

Boatowner's Illustrated Electrical Handbook / Edition 2

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by Charlie Wing
     
 

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071446440
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
02/07/2006
Edition description:
List
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
549,026
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordv
Introduction1
1Basic DC Circuits2
What Electricity Is
Ohm's Law
Loads
Sources
Practice Problems
2DC Measurements14
Analog Test Instruments
Digital Test Instruments
Digital vs. Analog Test Instruments
Homemade Testers
Troubleshooting
3Batteries26
What 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 Batteries
4Alternators48
A 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
Troubleshooting
5Bonding70
What 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 Protection
6DC Standards and Practices92
Wiring Diagrams
Marine Wire
ABYC DC Load Calculation
Allowable Conductor Amperage
Allowable Voltage Drop
Identification and Installation
Overcurrent Protection
Conductor Connections
Ignition Protection
7AC Basics114
Alternating Current
Power Factor
AC Safety
Grounding
Conductor Identification
Transformers
AC Measurements
Troubleshooting AC Circuits
Checking Polarity
8Inverters and Generators128
Why Have AC Power?
Figuring Your AC Budget
Inverters
Transfer Switching
Generators
Toubleshooting Generators
9AC Standards and Practices144
Shore 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 Circuits
10Conservation for Liveaboards182
Costs per Kilowatt-Hour
Lighting Savings
Refrigeration Savings
Other Savings
11Solar Power194
Is Solar for You?
How Photovoltaics Work
Photovoltaic Panels
Interpreting Specifications
Panel Orientation
Estimating Output
Mechanical Installation
Electrical Installation
Rules for Solar Success
12Wind Power208
Is Wind Power for You?
Getting Power from the Wind
How Much Wind Is There?
Estimating Daily Output
Specifications
Electrical Installation
Mechanical Installation
Water Generators
13Installing Electronics222
Antennas
Antenna Cable and Connectors
Moisture Protection
VHF Radio
GPS and SSB
Radar
Receiver/Transmitter Installation
Harnessing Electrical Noise
Electrical Filters
14Do-It-Yourself Projects238
Passive Circuit Components
Active Circuit Components
Projects
Appendices258
Other 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 Tables
Glossary270
Index276

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