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Old 26-05-2012, 12:48   #1
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Best Simple DC Electric Guidebook

Hi all,

As I am refitting, I find the need to ramp up my dc knowledge (from not much to good basic understanding.) Have not been able to find a thread here, though I'm sure there is one somewhere.
Other forums have a plethora of suggestions...
how about this one?

"Sailboat Electrics Simplified" by Don Casey

Note: I am an electrical moron


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Old 26-05-2012, 13:08   #2
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Re: best simple dc electric guidebook

Casey's book is very good. So, too, are others, including those by Charlie Wing and Nigel Calder.

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Re: best simple dc electric guidebook

Thanks btray,

My understanding is that Casey's is more user friendly for the uninitiated.


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Re: best simple dc electric guidebook

My go to book when I have questions about DC wiring is the 12 Volt Doctor's Practical Handbook. Very simple for simple minds like mine and clear illustrations. Of course Nigel Calder is close to a god when it comes to boat systems.
Amazon.com: The 12 Volt Doctor's Practical Handbook: For the Boat's Electric System (9781878797001): Edgar J. Beyn: Books
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My go to book when I have questions about DC wiring is the 12 Volt Doctor's Practical Handbook. Very simple for simple minds like mine and clear illustrations. Of course Nigel Calder is close to a god when it comes to boat systems.
Amazon.com: The 12 Volt Doctor's Practical Handbook: For the Boat's Electric System (9781878797001): Edgar J. Beyn: Books
--and the 12volt doctors Alternator handbook.
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Electrical Systems 101

You might wan to wander around the rest of that topic, too.
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Re: Best Simple DC Electric Guidebook

I used the 12 Volt Doctor's Handbook and Nigel Calder's book. They always got me through my electrical challenges.
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Re: Best Simple DC Electric Guidebook

Thanks for the link Gord. Dang where were you last week I just rewound an alternator of mine, took a long time, lots of finking, and drawing, and then sore fingers....
Anyway now its putting out more than it used to, so the book is going to help.
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I know we all like free stuff, but I have to say that I strongly suspect that .pdf version of the book is probably a bootleg copy. That is, a violation of the author's and publishers copyrights.

I could be wrong, and maybe it doesn't matter to a lot of people whether the author gets his due or not, but I thought I should mention it.
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I know we all like free stuff, but I have to say that I strongly suspect that .pdf version of the book is probably a bootleg copy. That is, a violation of the author's and publishers copyrights.

I could be wrong, and maybe it doesn't matter to a lot of people whether the author gets his due or not, but I thought I should mention it.
The company that wrote that boopk has been out of business for over 20 years.
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Re: Best Simple DC Electric Guidebook

A basic manual:
http://www.outbackmarine.com.au/publ...tems-ebook.pdf

A more complete manual (Energy system + Refrigeration + Water Maker....):
http://www.outbackmarine.com.au/publ...ystem.book.pdf
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Here's a link to a good one:

30 Amp Shore Power - SailboatOwners.com
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The company that wrote that boopk has been out of business for over 20 years.
That does not mean the book is in the public domain. However I wouldn't worry too much about getting a bootleg copy as the only copies I can find for sale are used and the author and publisher don't get any royalties on re-sold books. So even if it ain't exactly legal, downloading the PDF version isn't hurting anyone except Amazon.com, which is paying < $2 for used copies and re-selling them for > $17.
I may just download the PDF copy and put it on my Kindle (I bought the paper version in the 1980s).

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The company that wrote that boopk has been out of business for over 20 years.
That's good to know. Thank you.
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