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

ISBN-10: 007009618X
ISBN-13: 9780070096189
Edition: 2nd 1996
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List price: $49.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 592
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.300
Language: English

Nigel Calder is a prolific science writer who has contributed to both British and American publications, including Science and Nation. He wrote the script for the television series Einsteins Universe. His book Magic Cosmoswas shortlisted for the 2004 Aventis Science Book Prize.

List of Troubleshooting Charts
List of Tables
Acknowledgments/Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
Establishing a Balanced Battery-Powered Electrical System
Introduction
The Peculiarities of Boats
Batteries
How They Work
Electrolyte Variations
Modes of Failure
Automotive (Cranking) Versus Deep-Cycle Batteries
Wet-Cells Versus Gel-Cells
Nicads--The Ultimate Battery
Getting Down to Specifics
Determining Power Requirements
Providing the Necessary Capacity
Providing Adequate Charging Capabilities
Establishing Correct Voltage Regulation
Putting the Pieces Together
Is It Better to Have One or Two Battery Banks for House Use?
Charging More Than One Battery Bank from a Common Alternator
Monitoring and Control
Summary: A Balanced System
Postscript
Maintaining and Troubleshooting a Battery-Powered Electrical System
Batteries
Safety
Routine Maintenance
Testing a Battery
Problem Batteries
Alternators
How They Work
Installation and Maintenance
Charging Problems
Repairing Alternators
Voltage Regulators
How They Work
Different Regulators: Internal, External, P and N
Voltage Regulator Bypass Devices
Troubleshooting Voltage Regulators
Emergency Voltage Regulation
Diodes
Identification and Rating
Heat Sinks
Testing Battery Isolation Diodes
Understanding and Troubleshooting Electrical Circuits
Proper Installation Practices
Basic Concepts and Measurements
The Water Analogy
Making Measurements
The Multimeter: An Essential Tool
DC Circuits
Ground Versus Insulated Return
Troubleshooting with a Voltmeter
Troubleshooting with an Ohmmeter
Ground Faults ("Earth" Leaks)
Don''t Leave Port Without a Multimeter
AC Circuits
The Importance of Grounding
Safety Versus Corrosion
Typical AC Circuits Afloat
Testing AC Circuits
Proper Electrical Installation
Cables
Connections and Terminals
Installing Cables
Distribution Panels
Corrosion, Bonding, Lightning Protection, and Grounding
Corrosion
Galvanic Corrosion
Stray-Current Corrosion
Bonding and Cathodic Protection
Cathodic Protection
Unbond and Isolate
Lightning Protection
The Importance of Grounding
The Path to Ground
Protecting Electrical Circuits and Electronics
Lightning Protection
The Common Ground Point
Battery Chargers, Inverters, Wind and Water Generators, and Solar Panels
Battery Chargers
How They Work
Ferro-Resonant as a Yardstick
Performance Implies Regulation
Troubleshooting
Inverters
How They Work
Batteries: The Limiting Factor
Matching the Demand to the System
Inverter Installation
Troubleshooting
Wind and Water Generators
How They Work
Pros and Cons
Installation and Maintenance
Troubleshooting and Repair
Solar Panels
Basic Terminology
Key Factors in System Design
Installation
Troubleshooting
AC Generators and Electric Motors (DC and AC)
AC Generators
Generators: How They Work
General Maintenance
Troubleshooting Operating Problems
No Output: Armature Type
No Output: Alternator Type with Brushes
No Output: Brushless Alternator Type
Disassembly and Bearing Replacement
Variable-Speed Technology (VST)
Electric Motors
How They Work
Speed Regulation
Troubleshooting
Starter Motors
Marine Electronics
Troubleshooting Electronic Equipment
Preliminary Troubleshooting
Antennas and Grounds
Siting an Antenna
Antenna Installation
Grounds
Radio Interference
Sources of Interference
Tracking Down Interference
Preventing (Suppressing) Interference
Saving Soaked Equipment
Diesel Engines
Operation and Maintenance
How They Work
Preventive Maintenance
Troubleshooting
Failure to Start
Failure to Crank
Engine Cranks But Won''t Fire
Troubleshooting
Operating Problems
Overheating
Smoke
Loss of Performance
Water in the Crankcase
Low Oil Pressure
Inadequate Turbocharger Performance
Problems with Engine Instrumentation
Winter Layup
Recommissioning
From Transmission to Propeller
Transmissions and Shaft Brakes
Transmissions: How They Work
Maintenance
Troubleshooting
Shaft Brakes
Connecting a Transmission to a Propeller Shaft
Couplings
Engine Alignment
Constant-Velocity Joints
Shaft Seals
Stuffing Boxes (Packing Glands)
Mechanical Seals
Lip-Type Seals
A Dripless Future?
Bearings and Propellers
Cutless Bearings and Struts
Propellers
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
CFCs and the Ozone Hole
Marine Refrigeration
Balancing Refrigeration Needs with Boat Use
Iceboxes: The Key to Sizing
Refrigeration Choices
Operation, Troubleshooting, and Repair
How Refrigeration Works
Routine Maintenance
Charging and Topping-Up Procedures
Handling Refrigerant
Gauge Sets
Plumbing, Toilets, Through-Hull Fittings
Plumbing
Copper Pipe or Tubing
Metal Pipe
Plastic Pipe
Hoses
Marine Toilets (Heads)
Discharge Regulations
Heading Off Toilet Problems
Troubleshooting and Repair
Through-Hulls and Seacocks
Types of Seacock
Installation
Pumps and Pump Switches
Pumps
How They Work
Pros and Cons
Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair
Pump Switches
Pressure Switches
Level Switches
Steering Systems, Autopilots, and Wind Vanes
Steering Systems
Types of Steering
Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Autopilots
How They Work
Problems with Autopilots
Wind Vane Self-Steering
How It Works
Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Stoves, Cabin Heaters, Water Heaters, and Lanterns
Basic Safety
Gas
Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Compressed Natural Gas
Installation
Troubleshooting Gas Appliances
Alcohol, Kerosene, and Diesel Appliances
Fuel Quality
Troubleshooting
Overhaul
Diesel Drip-Pot Stoves
Electric Water Heaters and Stoves
Water Heater Problems
Spars and Standing Rigging
Spars
Wooden Spars and Spreaders
Aluminum Spars and Spreaders
Downwind, Whisker, and Spinnaker Poles
Standing Rigging
Wire Rope
Fitting End Connections (Terminals) to Wire Rope
Rod Rigging
Fitting Rigging to a Boat
Inspection and Maintenance
Tuning a Rig
Running Rigging, Deck Hardware, and Roller Reefing
Blocks
Terminology and Loading Factors
Maintenance
Winches
How They Work
Servicing and Overhaul
Powered Winches
Anchor Windlasses
General Maintenance
Problems Common to All Windlasses
Horizontal Manual Windlasses
Vertical Manual Windlasses
Electric Windlasses
Hydraulic Windlasses
Roller Reefing and Furling
How It Works
Problems and Answers
Summary: Do''s and Don''ts
Maintenance
In-Mast and Behind-the-Mast Reefing
Glossary
Checklist of Winterizing Procedures
Freeing Frozen Parts and Fasteners
Tools and Spare Parts
Useful Tables
Index

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