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  • Electrics Companion
  • Advanced Marine Electrics and Electronics Troubleshooting
  • 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
  • Practical Boat Mechanics

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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$22.00 + delivery.

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    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$66.00 + 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$112.00 + 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.

    Was NZ$67.00 + delivery.
    Now NZ$45.00 + 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$68.00 + 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$46.00 + 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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    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 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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    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$45.00 + delivery.

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    By Ben L. Evridge. Paperback, 185mm x 230mm, 305 pages, monochrome photographs.
    Whether your engine is diesel or gasoline, you'll find the information you need to keep it running smoothly, diagnose problems, make or commission necessary repairs, and devise emergency get-you-home fixes at sea. Practical Boat Mechanics includes:
  • Troubleshooting information organized around the five senses - what you can see, hear, touch, taste and smell.
  • A note with each symptom telling you whether it requires an immediate response, a response at your future convenience, or just continued monitoring.
  • Work-around emergency fixes to get you home using ordinary tools and materials found on most boats.
  • An array of solutions for freeing frozen fasteners.
  • The technical vocabulary you need to order parts or radio a marine mechanic for advice.
  • Resources for tracking down vibrations and overseeing shaft and engine alignment corrections in the boatyard.

    NZ$43.00 + Delivery

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