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Recommended Books on Marine Electrical Systems

April, 16 2007

Electrical systems can be difficult to understand. Incorrect installations can lead to nuisance trips, malfunction, dangerous heating, and sometimes fire. In response to frequently asked questions about what to read to gain an understanding of electrical systems on boats‚ the staff at Blue Sea Systems compiled this list of books. These authors explain the basic principles and offer in-depth discussions on some topics.

Anyone designing a complete electrical system should read more than one of these books. In some situations, it is advisable to consult a marine electrical expert. No one book or stack of books will make someone an electrical engineer or an electrician. Furthermore, anyone wanting to perform electrical work on a boat should study the relevant standards from ABYC and the instructions that come with each piece of equipment.

Boatowner′s Mechanical and Electrical Manual, third edition
Nigel Calder
Maintain, repair, and improve a boats essential systems. A comprehensive guide to electrical, mechanical, and propulsion systems.



Sailboat Electrical Systems: Improvement, Wiring and Repair

Don Casey
A basic treatment for recreational sailboats and powerboats. A good book for maintenance and repair.

Sailboat Electrics Simplified
Don Casey
How to install wiring, make good, safe connections, match your battery bank and alternator to your needs, troubleshoot problems quickly, and avoid shore power problems.

The Fisherman′s Electrical Manual
John C. Payne
A complete guide to electrical systems for bass boats and other trailerable sport fishing boats.

Understanding Boat Batteries and Battery Charging
John. C. Payne
Provides information about batteries, battery types, battery ratings, installation, charging devices and systems.

Understanding Boat Wiring
John C. Payne
Compact explanation of basic boat wiring functions and practices.

The Marine Electrical and Electronics Bible, third edition
John C. Payne
A practical handbook for cruising sailors.

The Motorboat Electrical and Electronics Manual
John C. Payne
A guide for power boaters to both electrical and electronics systems.

Powerboater′s Guide to Electrical Systems: Maintenance, Troubleshooting and Improvements, second edition
Ed Sherman
Focused on power cruisers‚ the author is a recognized authority on electrical practice and is well respected by boat builders and marine electricians.

Advanced Marine Electrics and Electronics Troubleshooting
Ed Sherman
Targeted at trade professionals. Boat builders, installers, electricians and boatyard owners will want this book for its insight into new tools and techniques for tracking down problems. The advanced boat owner will benefit as well.

Boatowner′s Illustrated—Electrical Handbook, second edition
Charlie Wing
Great for learning about a boat′s electrical system.



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