Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual: How to Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat's Essential Systems / Edition 3

Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual: How to Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat's Essential Systems / Edition 3

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by Nigel Calder
     
 

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

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Overview

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

Nigel Calder is widely acknowledged as the world's foremost writer on boat systems maintenance. A diesel mechanic for more than 25 years, he has also been a boatbuilder, cabinetmaker, and machinist. Calder is the author of How to Read a Nautical Chart, Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook, Refrigeration for Pleasureboats, and Marine Diesel Engines. He is a frequent contributor to boating magazines in the United States and Britain.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071432382
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
05/26/2005
Pages:
832
Sales rank:
235,916
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Troubleshooting Charts


List of Tables


Preface and Acknowledgments to the Third Edition


Preface and Acknowledgments to the Second Edition


Introduction


Chapter 1. Establishing a Balanced Battery-Powered Electrical System


Introduction


Batteries


Getting Down to Specifics


Putting the Pieces Together


Summary: A Balanced System


Chapter 2. Electrical Systems for Energy-Intensive Boats


Additional Energy Sources


Dual-Voltage DC Systems


Fuel Cells, Higher-Voltage DC Boats, and Electric Propulsion


Chapter 3. Maintaining and Troubleshooting a Battery-Powered Electrical System


Batteries


Alternators


Voltage Regulators


Diodes


Chapter 4. Understanding and Troubleshooting Electrical Circuits


Basic Concepts and Measurements


DC Circuits


AC Circuits


Proper Electrical Installations


Chapter 5. Corrosion, Bonding, Lightning Protection, and Grounding


Corrosion


Bonding and Cathodic Protection


Lightning Protection


Grounding


Chapter 6. Battery Chargers, Inverters, Wind and Water Generators, and Solar Panels


Battery Chargers


Inverters


Wind and Water Generators


Solar Panels


Chapter 7. AC Generators, DC Generators, Electric Motors (DC and AC), and Electric Lights


AC Generators


DC Generators


Electric Motors


Electric Lights


Chapter 8. Marine Electronics: Antennas and Radio Grounds, Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency Interference, and Saving Soaked Equipment


Marine Electronics


Antennas and Radio Grounds


Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency Interference


Saving Soaked Equipment


Chapter 9. Diesel Engines: Operation and Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Winter Layup


Operation and Maintenance


Troubleshooting Part 1: Failure to Start


Troubleshooting Part 2: Operating Problems


Winter Layup and Recommissioning


Chapter 10. From Transmission to Propeller


Transmissions and Shaft Brakes


Connecting a Transmission to a Propeller Shaft


Shaft Seals


Struts, Bearings, and Propellers


Chapter 11. Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning


CFCs and the Ozone Hole


Balancing Refrigeration Needs with Boat Use


Air-Conditioning


Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning: Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair


Charging and Topping-Off Procedures


Chapter 12. Tanks, Plumbing, Toilets, and Through-Hull Fittings


Tanks and Fittings


Plumbing


Marine Toilets (Heads)


Through-Hulls and Seacocks


Chapter 13. Pumps and Watermakers


Pumps


Pump Switches


Watermakers


Chapter 14. Steering Systems, Autopilots, and Wind Vanes


Steering Systems


Autopilots


Wind Vane Self-Steering


Chapter 15. Stoves, Cabin Heaters, Gas-Powered Water Heaters, and Lanterns


Gas


Alcohol, Kerosene, and Diesel Appliances


Carbon Monoxide Poisoning


Chapter 16. Blocks, Winches, Windlasses, and Bow Thrusters


Blocks


Winches


Windlasses


Bow Thrusters


Chapter 17. Spars, Standing Rigging, and Roller Reefing


Spars


Standing Rigging


Roller Reefing and Furling


Glossary


Appendix A: Checklist of Winterizing Procedures


Appendix B: Freeing Frozen Parts and Fasteners


Appendix C: Tools and Spare Parts


Appendix D: Useful Tables


Index


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