Boatowner's Illustrated Electrical Handbook

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McGraw Hill Professional, Mar 9, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 320 pages
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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
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Basic DC Circuits
2
2 DC Measurements
14
3 Batteries
26
4 Alternators
48
5 Bonding
70
6 DC Standards and Practices
92
7 AC Basics
114
10 Conservation for Liveaboards
182
11 Solar Power
194
12 Wind Power
208
13 Installing Electronics
222
14 DoItYourself Projects
238
Appendices
258
Glossary
270
Index
276

8 Inverters and Generators
128
9 AC Standards and Practices
144

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Page 48 - ... connected to each other by a common conductor circuit that can carry the starting current of each of the grounded cranking motor circuits. 183.420 Batteries. (a) Each installed battery must not move more than one inch in any direction when a pulling force of 90 pounds or twice the battery weight, whichever is less, is applied through the center of gravity of the battery as follows: (1) Vertically for a duration of one minute. (2) Horizontally and parallel to the boat's center line for a duration...
Page 273 - ... oxidation — loss of electrons by a constituent of a chemical reaction. (Also refers to the corrosion of a metal that is exposed to an oxidizing gas at elevated temperatures...
Page 270 - Cell: Electrochemical system consisting of an anode and a cathode immersed in an electrolyte. The anode and cathode may be separate metals or dissimilar areas on the same metal. The cell includes the external circuit which permits the flow of electrons from the anode toward the cathode.
Page 6 - He proved experimentally that the force acting between two charges is directly proportional to the product of the two charges and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them. Symbolically this law is usually written as an algebraic equation, F = k OO' (1) where F is the force, Q and Q' are the charges, and d is the distance between them (see Fig.
Page 271 - See also dealloying. dielectric shield. In a cathodic protection system, an electrically nonconductive material, such as a coating, plastic sheet, or pipe, that is placed between an anode and an adjacent cathode to avoid current wastage and to improve current distribution, usually on the cathode.
Page 273 - ... with 7 representing neutrality, numbers less than 7 increasing acidity, and numbers greater than 7 increasing alkalinity.

About the author (2006)

Charlie Wing received his Ph.D. in oceanography from MIT, where he later worked as a research scientist. He has written a dozen books on home building and five top-selling boating books.

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