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Don't Be Baffled by Your Electrical System--Handle Repairs and Improvements with Ease
With clear illustrations and simple explanations, Don Casey shows you exactly how to install wiring . . . make good, safe connections . . . match your battery bank and alternator to your needs . . . troubleshoot problems quickly . . . avoid shore power problems . . . and more--all without a lot of technical jargon.
"Don Casey's book provides clear guidance on how to create and maintain a robust electrical system. Don's lucid explanations and numerous illustrations make what is normally mysterious and invisible--electricity--into something the reader is able to understand with confidence. An excellent addition to the sailor's seagoing library." --Chuck Hawley
Introduction1. Safety FirstBattery Acid; Containment; Spark; Explosive Gas; Fire; Corrosive Fumes; Fuse2. Understanding the BasicsTerminologyAmp; Volt; Ohm; WattThree-Part HarmonyOhm's Law; Power; Load Calculations; Desert AlgebraCircuitsNot Like Water; Boys Will Be Boys; Polarity; Open and Closed; Series; Parallel; Extra CreditAC/DCMagnetism and Current; Current; Polarity; Loads; Voltage; Power Factor; Safety Revisited3. BatteryThe Basic CellFully Charged; Discharging; Fully Discharged; Charging; Gassing; Shedding; Plate Sulfation; InefficienciesBatteriesInternal Construction; Plate Thickness; Spongy Lead; Self Discharge; Starting or House?Battery ChoicesAutomotive--Conventional Flooded; Maintenance-Free; Deep-Cycle; Gel Cell; Scales Don't Lie; Absorbed Glass Mat; Selection ChartCapacityAmp-Hours; Cycle Life; Weight and Amp-Hours; Cold-Cranking Amps; Marine-Cranking Amps; Reserve MinutesSizing BatteriesLoad Calculation Redux; The Alternative to Bigger Batteries; House Bank; Starting Battery; Powering InvertersInstallationSeries; Golf-Cart Batteries; Parallel; Matching; Negative Ground; TemperatureMaintenanceDischarge; Recharging; Water; Clean and Dry; Terminal Corrosion; Voltage; SG and Voltage; Specific Gravity; Keep Records4. WireWire SelectionConstruction; Size; 10% Drop; 24 Volts; InsulationRoutingHigh and DryConnectionsCrimp Connectors; Crimping; Soldering; Tinning the Soldering Iron; Heat-Shrink; Bare Wires; Wire NutsOverload ProtectionFuses; Circuit Breakers; Sizing; Installing; Supply Side; Equipment ProtectionSwitchesSPST; DT; DP; Battery SelectorNeatness CountsLabeling; No More Than Four; Terminal Strips; Junction Boxes; Right Angles; Spiral Wrap; Panel LocationCoaxSize; Construction; Connections; Weatherproofing; Backstay ConnectionCopper Ribbon5. CircuitsWiring DiagramsSymbols; More about GroundCircuitry Step by StepClosed Circuit; Open Circuit; Overload Protection; Series; Parallel; Real WorldMapping Your Own BoatAC Caution; WYSIWYG; Circuit Diagrams; Master Diagram; Layout Schematic; Signal Wires6. TroubleshootingSigns of TroubleDimming; House of Cards; Sluggish Starting; Flickering; Blown Fuse; Ground Return; Heat; Odor; Heat Loss; Corrosion; Wet Wiring; Rat's NestTest LightMake or Buy; Using a Test LightDigital MultimeterDigital vs. Analog; Auto Ranging; Polarity; Clamp-On MetersMeter FundamentalsConnecting Test Leads; Measuring Voltage; Measuring Current; Measuring Resistance (or Lack Thereof)Troubleshooting with a MeterVoltmeter Tests; Multimeter Connections; Zero Adjust; Checking Your Hydrometer; Extending Your Reach; Kirchoff's Law; Ohmmeter Tests; Masthead Lights; Changing Resistance; Ammeter Tests7. Charging SystemsAlternatorsOutput; Pulley Ratio; Sizing; Ignition Protection; Expecting Too MuchRegulatorsStandard Regulator; Fooling the Regulator; Manual Controller; Three-Step Regulator; Equalization--The Fourth Step; Charging Gel BatteriesAlternator and Regulator WiringOutput; Internal Regulation; Attached Regulator; External Regulation; Polarity; Excitation; Surge ProtectionAlternator MaintenanceBelts; Connections; Bearings and BrushesTroubleshooting Alternators and RegulatorsAlternator Output; Regulator Faults; Excitation; Bypassing a Faulty Regulator; DiodesBattery SwitchingThe Standard Way; Direct Alternator Connection; Fuse; Isolating Diodes; A Better WaySolar CellsChoices; Output; Uses; Installation; Turning the Panel Off for Installation; TroubleshootingWind GeneratorsChoices; Output; Mounting; Connections; Troubleshooting; Water Generators8. Alternating CurrentWarningAC BasicsFrequency; Voltage; Power Factor; Three-Wire System; The Grounding Wire; Wire Type and SizeAt the DockPlug Types; Polarity; Polarity TesterShore-Power ConnectionInlet Fitting; Power Cord; Supply Wire; Main Breaker; Neutral and GroundAC CircuitsSingle Circuit; Dual Circuit; Breakers; Switch Panel; Polarity Tester; Routing AC Wiring; Junction Boxes; Outlets; Ground Fault InterruptThe Green-Wire ControversyThe Danger; Testing the GFCI; Grounding the Green Wire; Cutting the Green Wire; Unplug; Galvanic Isolator; Isolation TransformerTestingPolarity; Grounding Wire; Isolated Ground; Green-Wire Connection; Ground and Neutral Separation; Ground Fault; Stray Current; LeakageInvertersTypes; Waveform; Sizing; Load Realities; Battery Capacity; Connections; Location; Transfer Switch; Neutral and Grounding; ConnectionGeneratorsTransfer Switch; Frequency9. Heaven and EarthLightning ProtectionLightning Rod; Static Dissipator; Cone of Protection; Wooden Masts; Ground; Freshwater Sailors Beware; Directing the Charge; Connections; Parallel PathsBondingFor Lightning Protection; For Corrosion Control; Isolating; Grounding; Testing for IsolationRF GroundRibbon, Not Wire; Copper Screen; Stopping Direct CurrentLightning and ElectronicsThe Facts; Protective MeasuresIndex
Don Casey credits the around-the-world voyage of Robin Lee Graham, featured in National Geographic in the late 1960s, with opening his eyes to the world beyond the shoreline. After graduation from the University of Texas he moved to south Florida, where he began to spend virtually all his leisure time messing about in boats. In 1983 he abandoned a career in banking to devote more time to cruising and writing. His work combining these two passions soon began to appear in many popular sailing and boating magazines. In 1986 he co-authored Sensible Cruising: The Thoreau Approach, an immediate best-seller and the book responsible for pushing many would-be cruisers over the horizon. He is also author of This Old Boat, a universally praised guide that has led thousands of boatowners through the process of turning a rundown production boat into a first-class yacht, and of Sailboat Refinishing, Sailboat Hull & Deck Repair, Canvaswork & Sail Repair, and Inspecting the Aging Sailboat, all part of the International Marine Sailboat Library. He continues to evaluate old and new products and methods, often trying them on his own 30-year-old, much-modified, Allied Seawind. When not writing or off cruising, he can be found sailing on Florida's Biscayne Bay.