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  • Boat Electrics Bible
  • Advanced Marine Electrics and Electronics Troubleshooting
  • Replacing your Boat's Electrical System
  • RYA Diesel Engine Handbook
  • Marine Diesel Engines DVD
  • Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual, 4TH ED
  • Boatowner's Illustrated Electrical Handbook
  • Powerboater's Guide to Electrical Systems, Second Edition
  • Marine Electrical and Electronics Bible
  • The 12 Volt Bible for Boats
  • Electrics Afloat
  • Sailboat Electrics Simplified
  • Understanding Boat Wiring
  • Understanding Boat Batteries and Battery Charging
  • Understanding Boat Electronics
  • Essential Boat Electrics
  • Understanding Boat AC Power Systems

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    BOAT ELECTRICS BIBLE.
    By Andy Johnson. Hbk, 200mm x 250mm, 191 pages, Colour Photographs and illustrations. Published 2015. 0.75kg

    Electrics are a notoriously tricky aspect of boat ownership and maintenance - both critical to the operation of the yacht or motorboat and prone to breaking down in the damp atmosphere and bouncy conditions. This is the book that will take owners through all the likely problems and solutions including making new installations of equipment, reviving an old boat and correcting electrical faults on their current craft.

    Equally useful for yacht or motorboat owners and illustrated with helpful photos, detailed close-up shots, step by step exploded diagrams and instructions, this is a book every owner should keep aboard.

    Contents include:

  • The Basics. What is electricity?; Volts, amps, resistance and power; Basic laws,AC and DC electricity
  • Tools and measuring. Tools for electrical work; Safety first; The multimeter; Making measurements in-circuit; Measuring high currents; Continuity, resistance and diode testing; Fault finding in low voltage systems
  • Batteries. Battery basics; Types of batteries; Specification, testing and maintenance; Charging the batteries; How many batteries?; Increasing capacity
  • Make the connection. Wire and wire size; Connections and connectors; Connecting thin wires
  • Power management. Alternators; Care, maintenance and fault finding; Sizing and upgrading; Intelligent chargers; Wind and water; Solar panels; Installing a mains charger; Hydrogen fuel cells; DC to DC converters; Regulating multiple sources; Monitoring battery and alternator currents; Power monitoring systems; Reducing consumption
  • The DC system. Battery switches; Battery switch configurations; Fitting a voltage sensing relay; DC distribution panels; Protection; Adding new systems; Installing permanent voltmeters and ammeters; Data recording over long periods; The engine and its electrics; Engine data monitoring; Engine data monitoring – set up and calibration; Starter motors; Digital switching.
  • AC mains. on board Shore power; System installation; Mains protection; The earth system; Galvanic and electrolytic corrosion; Installing a galvanic isolator; Voltage inverters; Generators
  • Networks Marine networks – Talking to each other; Multiplexers and converters; Marine networks. High speed data networks; Capturing what's left; Bringing it all together.
  • Installation projects. Installing an AIS unit; Radar; Navtex and SSB receivers; Hall effect ammeter; Lightning protection; Underwater lights; Upgrading mast electrics.

    NZ$70.00 + Delivery.

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    ADVANCED MARINE ELECTRICS AND ELECTRONICS TROUBLESHOOTING
    By Ed Sherman. Paperback, 0.41kg, 186mm x 232mm, 218 pages, full colour illustrations. Originally published in hardback in 2007. This is the first paperback edition 2013. Text not updated.
    Whether you are a marine electronics professional or a boatowner, Advanced Marine Electrics and Electronics Troubleshooting helps you understand the new, more powerful methods of troubleshooting marine electrical and electronic systems. A modern boat's sophisticated installations and networked electronics can stretch the traditional diagnosic methods, based on trouble lights and multimeters, past their useful limts. This book will show you how to:
  • Use microprocessor-based diagnostic tools and techniques from the automotive and communications sectors, adapted for boats for the first time.
  • Diagnose the most difficult AC and DC problems.
  • Protect communications and navigation electronics from interference and lighting.
  • Seek out and eliminate stray-current sources and galvanic corrosion.

    NZ$62.00 + Delivery.

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    REPLACING YOUR BOAT'S ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
    By Mike Westin. Paperback, 0.37kg, 189mm x 246mm, 127 pages, full colour illustrations. Published 2013
    A boat's electrical system can be temperamental - whether it's prone to frequent oxydisation, is reaching the end of it's useful life, or is simply a tangle of wires added by previous owners. For boatowners who are themselves a little rusty on electrical DIY, this is an invaluable guide to getting glitches fixed and upgrades completed quickly, easily and safely, and without enlisting the costly services of an engineer.

    While the theoretical basics are summarised in plain, jargon-free language, the book places clear emphasis on the practical skills and know-how needed, including:

  • choosing the right tools and equipment
  • installing appropriate cables and batteries for your vessel
  • a step-by-step guide to installing a new interior lighting circuit
  • renewable sources of energy, and how to harness them
  • references, glossary and basic electrical theory

    Suitable for both motorboats and yachts, this highly practical manual boasts helpful tables and checklists, a modern up-to-date treatment and a straightforward approach throughout, and promises to show even complete novices just how easy it can be to replace a boat's electrical system.

    NZ$45.00 + Delivery.

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    RYA DIESEL ENGINE HANDBOOK
    By Andrew Simpson. Paperback, 0.34kg, 170mm x 245mm, 96 pages, full colour illustrations.
    Written for leisure boat owners, the RYA Diesel Engine Handbook is essential reading for anyone doing the one-day RYA Diesel Engine Course. Includes a free DVD giving expert instruction and top tips from Nick Eales of Seastart.
    Easy to follow text and beautifully detailed colour illustrations enable the reader to develop the knowledge and confidence required by al diesel engine boat owners. Chapters include:
  • How Diesel Engines Work
  • Fuel
  • The Air System
  • Engine Cooling
  • The Electrical System
  • Diagnostics and Troubleshooting
  • Maintenance
  • Emergency Procedures

    NZ$50.00 + Delivery.

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    MARINE DIESEL ENGINES DVD
    By Amberley Marine. 0.08kg, Interactive DVD.
    A lot of mechanical failures in marine diesel engines can be prevented by following simple 'common sense' maintenance guidelines.

    A well maintained boat is the best 'get you home' policy you can have. A well maintained engine is vital, whether you are clawing your way off a lee shore in a sailing boat, or charging away from a following sea in a motorboat.

    This 'down to earth' DVD guide includes sections on changing fuel filters and bleeding the fuel system, changing the oil and oil filter, changing and adjusting a drive belt and checking hoses and water strainers.

    This DVD is an ideal guide for anybody who has a marine diesel engine bewtween 2 and 6 cylinders, who wants to know how it works and how to check and maintain it at a practical level. It has all you need to know:

  • First principles
  • Basic checks
  • Basic maintenance
  • Controls
  • Lubrication
  • Fuel system
  • Cooling System
  • Air system
  • Exhaust
  • Electrics
  • More power
  • Gearboxes
  • Couplngs
  • Spare parts
  • Getting home

    NZ$65.00 + Delivery.

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    BOATOWNER'S MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL MANUAL. 4th updated edition
    By Nigel Calder. Hardback, 2.17 kgs, 220mm x 285mm, 944 pages, monochrome photographs drawings and plans. Published 2015.
    This 4th edition of the maintenance bible for boat owners is fully updated and better than ever!
    If it’s on a boat and it has screws, wires, or moving parts, it’s covered in Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual. When you leave the dock with this indispensable resource aboard, you have at your fingertips the best and most comprehensive advise on:
  • Battery technologies, including recent developments in lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells.
  • 12- and 24-volt DC systems.
  • Electric and hybrid propulsion.
  • How to radically improve the energy efficiency of most boats.
  • Corrosion, bonding, and lightning protection.
  • generators, inverters, battery chargers, wind and water generators, and solar power.
  • Electric motors and electric lights
  • marine electronics, including networking systems, antennas, and FRI.
  • Diesel engines.
  • Transmissions, shaft brakes, and propellers.
  • Refrigeration and air-conditioning.
  • Tanks, plumbing, and through hulls.
  • Pumps and watermakers.
  • Steering, autopilots, and wind vanes.
  • Stoves and heaters.
  • Winches, windlasses, and bow thrusters.
  • Spars, rigging, and roller reefing.

    NZ$100.00 + Delivery.

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    BOATOWNER’S ILLUSTRATED ELECTRICAL HANDBOOK.
    By Charlie Wing. Hbk, 220mm x 283mm, 280 pages, monochrome drawings and plans.
    Whether you take to the sea under sail, bounce around the bay in your runabout, or cross oceans in your cruiser, you'll find everything you need to maintain, repair, and upgrade your boat's DC and AC electrical systems with this comprehensive and fully illustrated guide.
    Tackle onboard electrical projects and learn how to:
  • meet ABYC standards for both DC and AC wiring
  • install solar- and wind-power systems
  • add electrical components
  • prevent corrosion of your electrical system... and more

    NZ$60.00 + Delivery

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    POWERBOATER'S GUIDE TO ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS, Second Edition.
    By Ed Sherman. Hbk, 190mm x 240mm, 209 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
    Frustrated by the high cost of basic electrical work but nervous about tackling such projects yourself? Get sound advice and guidance from author Ed Sherman, who wrote and teaches the American Boat & Yacht Council's certification program for electrical technicians. In Powerboater's Guide to Electrical Systems, he combines basic theory with step-by-step directions for troubleshooting problems, making repairs, and installing new equipment.

    Learn to:

  • Draw up a wiring diagram for your boat.
  • Locate and identify wiring and circuit components.
  • Select and use a multimeter.
  • Choose and maintain battery and marine ignition systems.
  • Troubleshoot starting, charging, and instrument problems.
  • Install DC and AC marine accessories, equipment and electronics.

    NZ$46.00 + Delivery

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    MARINE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS BIBLE.
    By John Payne. Hbk, 185mm x 260mm, 468 pages, monochrome illustrations.
    Here at last is the long awaited third edition of the world's most comprehensive electrical and electronics handbook for sailors.
    More and more boaters are buying and relying on electronic and electrical devices aboard their boats, but few are aware of proper installation procedures or how to safely troubleshoot these devices if they go on the blink.
    Now you can find all the information you need in this one complete handbook. The author has put together a concise, useful, and thoroughly practical guide explaining in detail how to select, install, maintain, and troubleshoot all the electrical and electronics systems on a boat.
    This new edition is fully updated and contains information on battery capacity, charging systems, wiring, lightning and corrosion protection, radar, autopilots, VHF and SSB radios, short-wave communications, GMDSS, GPS, EPIRBS and much more. The book is illustrated with hundreds of informative charts, wiring diagrams and graphs.

    NZ$125.00 + Delivery.

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    THE 12 VOLT BIBLE FOR BOATS, Second Edition
    By Miner Brotherton. Pbk, 150mm x 230mm, 174 pages, monochrome diagrams.
    A real "how to" book for wiring your boat. The 12 Volt Bible starts with a very basic theory lesson and ends with an excellent section on troubleshooting. In between is just about everything you’ll ever need on fixing, installing or modifying your boat’s electrical system.
    This second edition has been thoroughly updated to include the latest on marine batteries - including AGM and gel-cell batteries, multistage chargers, inverters, new wiring conventions, alternative energy sources, and modern test gear.

    NZ$37.00 + Delivery

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    ELECTRICS AFLOAT
    By Alistair Garrod. Pbk, 210mm x 300mm, 111 pages, colour photographs and drawings.
    This is a 2002 publication and is based on Practical Boat Owner magazine's series. It has great graphics all in colour on gloss paper, and if you are familar with the Practical Boat Owner series you know they will be easy to understand. The chapters start at basic laws of electricity and measuring electicity. An excellent chapter on "To Ground or not to Ground, we have all had this discussion and it is certainly taken to length in the chapter.
    Like the book above this one is certainly worth a look for those of you who can not find what they are looking for in electrics.

    NZ$60.00 + Delivery

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    SAILBOAT ELECTRICS SIMPLIFIED.
    By Don Casy. Hbk, 190mm x 240mm, 176 pages, monochrome plans and drawings.
    With clear and copious illustrations and straightforward explanations, the author shows the amateur electrician exactly how to install wiring, make good, safe connections, match a battery bank and alternator to the needs of the vessel and to troubleshoot problems.
    It also explains the process of using and adapting to shore power and how to deal with problems in this off-vessel area.
    Drawings are in a simple, realistic outline format instead of the exclusive use of wiring diagrams, and the narrative is broken into short paragraphs for the ease of analysing and planning electrical projects.

    NZ$59.00 + delivery.

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    UNDERSTANDING BOAT WIRING
    By John C. Payne. Pbk, 135mm x 215mm, 90 pages, monochrome line drawings and photographs.
    This is one of a new series of easy-to-understand yet thorough treatments of technical issues facing most boat owners' both sail and power. The author in an international authority on electronics and electrical systems and is also a cruising sailor and professional electrical engineer.
    This book covers:
  • boat wiring standards,
  • basic electrical principles,
  • system voltages,
  • planning and installing boat wiring,
  • circuit protection and isolation,
  • switchboards and panels,
  • grounding systems.
    And much more.

    NZ$30.00 + delivery.

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    UNDERSTANDING BOAT BATTERIES AND BATTERY CHARGING
    By John C. Payne. Pbk, 135mm x 215mm, 90 pages, monochrome line drawings and photographs.
    This is another of a new series of easy-to-understand yet thorough treatments of technical issues facing most boat owners' both sail and power. The author in an international authority on electronics and electrical systems and is also a cruising sailor and professional electrical engineer.
    This book covers:
  • general battery information,
  • lead acid batteries,
  • AGM batteries,
  • gel batteries,
  • battery ratings and selection,
  • safety, installation and maintenance,
  • charging, alternators and regulators.
    And much more.

    NZ$30.00 + delivery.

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    UNDERSTANDING BOAT ELECTRONICS.
    By John C. Payne. Paperback, 137mm x 215mm, 106 pages, monochrome drawings.
    The following major topics are covered:
  • Position Fixing Systems (GPS, LORAN)
  • Electronic Charting
  • Echo Sounders, Fishfinders, SONAR
  • Radar
  • Autopilots
  • Instrument Systems and Interfacing (Depth Sounders, Speed Logs, Wind Systems)
  • Noise and Interference
  • Security and Safety Systems
  • Entertainment Systems

    NZ$30.00 + delivery.

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    ESSENTIAL BOAT ELECTRICS.
    By Pat Manley. Paperback, 170mm x 210mm, 136 pages, 0.30kg colour photos and drawings. Published 2014
    The subject of boat electrics can be daunting. This book will remove the mystique, bring understanding, and show you how to carry out the many electrical jobs on board properly and safely for yourself. This is a worthy companion to Simple Boat Maintenance.
    You will learn how to:
  • use a multimeter
  • wire a circuit
  • protect a circuit
  • troubleshoot electrical faults
  • connect a PC to your instrument system
    and much more.
    This book looks at tasks such as choosing solar panels or new batteries as well as practical eletrical work on your boat and covers 36 topics that a yachtsman will need to tackle to keep the professionals at bay.

    NZ$50.00 + delivery.

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    UNDERSTANDING BOAT AC POWER SYSTEMS.
    By John C Payne. Softback, 140mm x 215mm, 106 pages, black and white photos and illustrations.
    From John C Payne, one of the foremost international authorities on marine electrical systems and electronics, comes a new title in this successful series of easy-to-understand, yet thorough treatments of technical issues facing every boat owner, whether sail or power. Understanding Boat AC Power Systems covers the following major topics:
  • AC system electrical safety
  • Shore power systems
  • Transformers
  • AC electrical panels
  • AC system wiring
  • Ground leakage protection
  • AC diesel generators
  • AC alternators
  • Generator systems
  • Inverters
  • AC power equipment.

    NZ$30.00 + delivery.

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