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Old 15-06-2019, 11:40   #1
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Looking for lay persons guide to Electrical/Electronics

Anyone have a recommendation for a hard copy reference for doing electrical/electronic work on a boat?

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Old 15-06-2019, 11:47   #2
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Charlie Wing's Boatowners Illustrated Electrical Handbook is very good. I downloaded it from the internet a few years ago, but a hard copy should be very easy to find.


Nigel Calder's Boatowners Manual is the bible, but pretty detailed. Walk before you learn to run.


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Yes Nigel Calder is good.
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Anyone have a recommendation for a hard copy reference for doing electrical/electronic work on a boat?
As per Stu, I have both the books he's recommended and I agree that those are both good choices.

I already had a background in electrical/electronics, so those books were very helpful in outlining the practices and techniques specific to marine electrical systems. If you are new to electrical/electronic stuff, those books may be daunting, and you might want to get something that covers the basics. I don't have any specific suggestions here; hopefully others can make recommendations from experience.

In some brief Googling, I did run across this. I've only skimmed it, but it seems it conveys the basics.
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As per Stu, I have both the books he's recommended and I agree that those are both good choices.

I already had a background in electrical/electronics, so those books were very helpful in outlining the practices and techniques specific to marine electrical systems. If you are new to electrical/electronic stuff, those books may be daunting, and you might want to get something that covers the basics. I don't have any specific suggestions here; hopefully others can make recommendations from experience.

In some brief Googling, I did run across this. I've only skimmed it, but it seems it conveys the basics.
12V Doctor is a classic. Maybe slightly outdated but electricity hasn't changed much since it was written.
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Check out "Silboat Electrics Simplified" by Don Casey of "Goold Old Boat" fame. It may be too basic, especially compared with Calder's encyclopedic tome, but I found it very useful when totally rewiring my 28-footer.
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While I have Calder's book, may I also suggest two pieces of electrical test equipment:
(I'm an auto- tech (formerly known as a mechanic))
1) Snap-on Test light with digital readout
2) Power Probe III
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Boat Owners' Mechanical and Electrical Manual--by Nigel Calder.
Get it from Adlard Coles Nautical.
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Hi. Try these.
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Sailboat...53.m1438.l2649


https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Boatowne...53.m1438.l2649


I bought them and am waiting for them to arrive. My yacht needs some electrical work done. So figure I will do it myself. That's what I bought her for. To keep me off the streets.
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While I have Calder's book, may I also suggest two pieces of electrical test equipment:
(I'm an auto- tech (formerly known as a mechanic))
1) Snap-on Test light with digital readout
2) Power Probe III

Haven't used these exact tools but looked over their specs and they seem rather comprehensive. I find that working in automotive (and marine) applications a high impedence multimeter can sometimes lead you astray. I use an incandescent tail light with a clip lead to one terminal and a probe to the other, that way when I see the lamp light up bright I know it is connected between 12v and ground. Great way to trace wiring faults, corroded connections, etc. Corrosion = resistance = intensity changes. No fiddling with bifocals in a dimly lit area to read an LCD display. It is one of my tools in the kit that sees a lot of use.
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I find that working in automotive (and marine) applications a high impedence multimeter can sometimes lead you astray. I use an incandescent tail light with a clip lead to one terminal and a probe to the other, that way when I see the lamp light up bright I know it is connected between 12v and ground. Great way to trace wiring faults, corroded connections, etc. Corrosion = resistance = intensity changes. No fiddling with bifocals in a dimly lit area to read an LCD display. It is one of my tools in the kit that sees a lot of use.
Great idea, actually.

Just yesterday I was upside-down, tracing a circuit, and I had to prop the meter somewhere where i could see it, then hold the black lead to ground and probe with the red. I used to have a nice 12v probe - a reworked old pen with a LED and resistor in the end, and a negative lead with an alligator clip. Clip to a negative, then one-handed probing and you see the LED light - much easier. Gotta find it or make another one.

Your use of the incandescent bulb to present a suitable load is also very helpful.
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