Powerboater's Guide to Electrical Systems: Maintenace, Troubleshooting, and Improvements

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9780071343268: Powerboater's Guide to Electrical Systems: Maintenace, Troubleshooting, and Improvements

Like having an electrician looking over your shoulder, but much cheaper!

You can use this simple, step-by-step, illustrated guide to do your own electrical projects and repairs. Author Ed Sherman walks you through the basics, including wiring diagrams, diagnosing problems, ignition systems, battery systems, shorepower circuits, installing equipment, surveying your boat's wiring, and more.

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Frustrated by the high cost of basic electrical work but nervous about tackling such projects yourself? Ed Sherman wrote and teaches the American Boat & Yacht Council's certification program for electrical technicians. Now he's written this heavily illustrated, project-specific manual--the next best thing to having an electrician looking over your shoulder, and a lot cheaper!

Basic theory is combined with a problem-solution format that provides step-by-step directions for repairs and add-ons. From installing a new cabin light, CD player and speaker, fishfinder, or VHF radio, to tracing a faulty ignition circuit, it's all you need to maintain your boat's basic electrical systems. Learn to

  • Draw up a wiring diagram for your boat
  • Locate and identify the wiring and circuit components
  • Select and use a multimeter
  • Choose and maintain battery and marine ignition systems
  • Troubleshoot starter-motor, engine, and instrument problems
  • Install DC and AC marine accessories, equipment, and electronics

Any powerboater will find Powerboater's Guide to Electrical Systems a valuable addition to their arsenal of onboard tools.

"Ed Sherman's national recognized expertise in electrical systems in boats make him a natural choice to train and certify marine electricians. . . . He believes, as I do, that doing it right the first time will surely enhance your boating experience."--C. T. "Skip" Moyer III, President, American Boat & Yacht Council

About the Author:

Ed Sherman is the author of Outboard Engines and is a professor at the New England Institute of Technology in Warwick, Rhode Island.

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