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Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual: How To Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat's Essential Systems 3rd Edition by Nigel Calder

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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

About the Author:

Nigel Calder is the author of Marine Diesel Engines and Boatowners Mechanical and Electrical Manual, the success of which has made him the most sought-after marine how-to writer in the US and UK. He has published more than 800 magazine articles in SAIL, Cruising World, Ocean Navigator, Yachting World, and lectures on cruising to sell-out crowds.


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

Appendix A: Checklist of Winterizing Procedures | Appendix B: Freeing Frozen Parts and Fasteners | Appendix C: Tools and Spare Parts | Appendix D: Useful Tables | Index

  • Publisher: International Marine 1996, 2005
  • Author: Nigel Calder
  • Pages: 832 Hundreds of b&w illustrations
  • Binding: Hardcover 8 x 11 inches
  • ISBN: 978-0-07-143238-2
  • Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual: How To Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat's Essential Systems