isbn:0071446443 The illustrated guide to your boat's electrical system
by Charlie Wing
Whether you take to the sea under power or sail, whether you bounce around the bay in your runabout or cross oceans in your cruiser, youll find everything you need to maintain, repair, and upgrade your boats DC and AC electrical systems in this completely practical guide. Boatowners Illustrated Electrical Handbook is the user-friendly, roll-up-your-sleeves manual for onboard electrical projects, from fixing loose connections to rewiring your boat to ABYC standards.
Chapters include: 1. Basic DC Circuits: What Electricity Is Ohm's Law Using Ohm's Law Loads Sources Practice Problems 2. DC Measurements: Analog Test Instruments Digital Test Instruments Digital vs. Analog Test Instruments Homemade Testers Troubleshooting 3. Batteries: 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 4. Alternators: 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 5. Bonding: 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 6. DC Standards and Practices: Wiring Diagrams Marine Wire ABYC DC Load Calculation Allowable Conductor Amperage Allowable Voltage Drop Identification and Installation Overcurrent Protection Conductor Connections Ignition Protection 7. AC Basics: Alternating Current Power Factor AC Safety Grounding Conductor Identification Transformers AC Measurements Troubleshooting AC Circuits Checking Polarity 8.Inverters and Generators: Why Have AC Power? Figuring Your AC Budget Inverters Transfer Switching Generators Troubleshooting Generators 9. AC Standards and Practices: 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 10. Conservation for Liveaboards: Cost per Kilowatt-Hour Lighting Savings Refrigeration Savings Other Savings 11. Solar Power: Is Solar for You? How Photovoltaics Work Photovoltaic Panels Interpreting Specifications Panel Orientation Estimating Output Mechanical Installation Electrical Installation Rules for Solar Success 12.Wind Power: 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 13. Installing Electronics: Antennas Antenna Cable & Connectors Moisture Protection VHF Radio GPS and SSB Radar Receiver/Transmitter Installation Harnessing Electrical Noise Electrical Filters 14. Fun DIY Projects: Passive Circuit Components Active Circuit Components Projects Appendices: 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
The Boatowners Illustrated Electrical Handbook is perfect for learning how your boats 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 boaters library as a ready reference on how to make effective repairs and modifications that comply with ABYC standards.from the Foreword by Ed Sherman, Senior Instructor and Curriculum Designer, American Boat and Yacht Council