9780071432382

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

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    9780071432382

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    0071432388

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-06-21
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
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The boatowner's foremost troubleshooting guide, now better than everIf it's on a boat and it has screws, wires, or moving parts, it's covered inBoatowner'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"Calderliveswhat 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

Author Biography

Nigel Calder is widely acknowledged as the world's foremost writer on boat systems maintenance. He is a frequent contributor to boating magazines in the United States and Britain.

Table of Contents

List of Troubleshooting Charts
viii
List of Tables
ix
Preface and Acknowledgments to the Third Edition xii
Preface and Acknowledgments to the Second Edition xiv
Introduction 1(1)
Establishing a Balanced Battery-Powered Electrical System
2(44)
Introduction
4(1)
Batteries
5(11)
Getting Down to Specifics
16(19)
Putting the Pieces Together
35(10)
Summary: A Balanced System
45(1)
Electrical Systems for Energy-Intensive Boats
46(26)
Additional Energy Sources
48(9)
Dual-Voltage DC Systems
57(8)
Fuel Cells, Higher-Voltage DC Boats, and Electric Propulsion
65(7)
Maintaining and Troubleshooting a Battery-Powered Electrical System
72(40)
Batteries
74(11)
Alternators
85(19)
Voltage Regulators
104(5)
Diodes
109(3)
Understanding and Troubleshooting Electrical Circuits
112(84)
Basic Concepts and Measurements
114(7)
DC Circuits
121(12)
AC Circuits
133(24)
Proper Electrical Installations
157(39)
Corrosion, Bonding, Lightning Protection, and Grounding
196(40)
Corrosion
198(14)
Bonding and Cathodic Protection
212(7)
Lightning Protection
219(12)
Grounding
231(5)
Battery Chargers, Inverters, Wind and Water Generators, and Solar Panels
236(52)
Battery Chargers
238(12)
Inverters
250(16)
Wind and Water Generators
266(15)
Solar Panels
281(7)
AC Generators, DC Generators, Electric Motors (DC and AC), and Electric Lights
288(50)
AC Generators
290(15)
DC Generators
305(1)
Electric Motors
306(20)
Electric Lights
326(12)
Marine Electronics: Antennas and Radio Grounds, Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency Interference, and Saving Soaked Equipment
338(24)
Marine Electronics
340(3)
Antennas and Radio Grounds
343(10)
Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency Interference
353(7)
Saving Soaked Equipment
360(2)
Diesel Engines: Operation and Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Winter Layup
362(60)
Operation and Maintenance
364(13)
Troubleshooting Part 1: Failure to Start
377(18)
Troubleshooting Part 2: Operating Problems
395(19)
Winter Layup and Recommissioning
414(8)
From Transmission to Propeller
422(36)
Transmissions and Shaft Brakes
424(13)
Connecting a Transmission to a Propeller Shaft
437(5)
Shaft Seals
442(7)
Struts, Bearings, and Propellers
449(9)
Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning
458(58)
CFCs and the Ozone Hole
460(3)
Balancing Refrigeration Needs with Boat Use
463(25)
Air-Conditioning
488(3)
Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning: Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair
491(18)
Charging and Topping-Off Procedures
509(7)
Tanks, Plumbing, Toilets, and Through-Hull Fittings
516(54)
Tanks and Fittings
518(9)
Plumbing
527(13)
Marine Toilets (Heads)
540(20)
Through-Hulls and Seacocks
560(10)
Pumps and Watermakers
570(50)
Pumps
572(29)
Pump Switches
601(6)
Watermakers
607(13)
Steering Systems, Autopilots, and Wind Vanes
620(42)
Steering Systems
622(25)
Autopilots
647(6)
Wind Vane Self-Steering
653(9)
Stoves, Cabin Heaters, Gas-Powered Water Heaters, and Lanterns
662(30)
Gas
664(12)
Alcohol, Kerosene, and Diesel Appliances
676(8)
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
684(8)
Blocks, Winches, Windlasses, and Bow Thrusters
692(38)
Blocks
694(5)
Winches
699(10)
Windlasses
709(20)
Bow Thrusters
729(1)
Spars, Standing Rigging, and Roller Reefing
730(52)
Spars
732(16)
Standing Rigging
748(19)
Roller Reefing and Furling
767(15)
Glossary 782(8)
Appendix A: Checklist of Winterizing Procedures 790(2)
Appendix B: Freeing Frozen Parts and Fasteners 792(2)
Appendix C: Tools and Spare Parts 794(3)
Appendix D: Useful Tables 797(8)
Index 805

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