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  • Electrics Companion
  • Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual, 4TH ED
  • Boat Mechanical Systems Handbook
  • Boatowner's Illustrated Electrical Handbook
  • Powerboater's Guide to Electrical Systems, Second Edition
  • The 12 Volt Bible for Boats
  • Electrics Afloat
  • Sailboat Electrics Simplified
  • Essential Boat Electrics. 3rd Ed.

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    ELECTRICS COMPANION, 1st Edition. 2003
    By Pat Manley. Papercover, Spiral-bound, 80mm x 223mm, 24 pages, full colour photographs and drawings.
    This is a handy, quick reference guide to boat electrics. It covers formulae, tools, anodes, protection, multimeters, soldering, AC power, testing, wiring, batteries, connections and power consumption.

    This little companion serves as a great reminder of crucial information. Laminated pages to stand up to frequent use and serves as a useful aide-memoire that will fit into your jacket pocket.

    NZ$25.00 + delivery.

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    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$115.00 + Delivery.

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    By Dave Gerr. Hardback, 221mm x 282mm, 416 pages. Monochrome photos and drawings.
    This guide is invaluable for anyone designing or installing mechanical systems on a new boat, retrofitting an existing boat, or evaluating a boat's operating condition. Writing for designers, builders, owners, buyers, mechanics, surveyors, and insurers of sailboats, powerboats, and commercial vessels, Dave Gerr provides design and installation guidance for each major mechanical system plus pragmatic guidelines and real-world interpretations of American Boat & Yacht Council and European standards. No marine professional or serious boater should be without this book.

    NZ$90.00 + delivery.

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    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$95.00 + Delivery

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    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$45.00 + 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$35.00 + Delivery

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    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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    By Don Casey. Papeback, 0.38 kgs, 190mm x 235mm, 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$55.00 + delivery.

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    ByOliver Ballam & Pat Manley. Paperback, 170mm x 240mm, 120 pages, 3rd Edition. 0.31kg colour photos and drawings. Published 2021
    Electricity is vital on board most boats: to keep their systems running and to provide the crew with the services they expect. Much of it will be professionally fitted and many yachtsmen will have little knowledge about the finer detail of electric circuits. But, given the importance of electrical power, some understanding of it is likely to be useful: either to use when required away from the marina or to repair and upgrade your systems

    This book is written to provide that understanding and to allow you to undertake electrical jobs on board yourself, properly and safely. It removes the mystique of boat electrics and gives you the confidence to tackle the jobs when you need to.

    Included are the minimum formulae and theory required, focussing more on the practical – using simple language and clear illustrations. There are tutorials, from using a multimeter and wiring a circuit, to troubleshooting electrical faults, all using easy-to-follow photo sequences. The book also looks at tasks such as choosing solar panels and batteries and connecting navigational instruments.

    NZ$50.00 + delivery.

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