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Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual: How to Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat's Essential Systems [Hardcover]

Nigel Calder
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Book Description

June 21 2005

The boatowner's foremost troubleshooting guide, now 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 book aboard, you have at your fingertips the best and most comprehensive advice on:

  • Battery technologies
  • 12- and 24-volt DC systems
  • Corrosion, bonding, and lightning protection
  • Generators, inverters, and battery chargers
  • Electric motors and electric lights
  • Marine electronics, antennas, and RFI
  • 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

"If you had to choose a single book to help you assess and maintain your boat gear, this would be it."—Practical Sailor

"A truly remarkable bible. . . . This book is the best of its kind."—WoodenBoat

"A major achievement. . . . It would be hard to imagine anything going wrong on a boat that couldn't be figured out with this book."—Sailing World

"The world's best technical reference and troubleshooting book."—Sailing Inland and Offshore

"This manual will be of lasting interest to anyone who wants to know how their boat works, what has gone wrong when it doesn't, and how it could be fixed."—Classic Boat

"Without becoming too complex, the book covers almost every imaginable mechanical or electrical matter in the marine environment."—Work Boat World

"Calder lives what he writes, . . . [and] what he offers . . . is practical solutions to problems associated with increasingly complex marine systems. . . . [A] bargain for anyone in the construction and repair side of the boat business."—Professional Boatbuilder


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'A reference library book that'll solve or at least set you on the right track to solving almost any boat related problem' Boat Mart 'A serious builder or owner, or a marine proffesional, will find it invaluable" Sailing Magazine (March 2010) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

From the Back Cover

The boatowner's foremost troubleshooting guide, now 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 book aboard, you have at your fingertips the best and most comprehensive advice on:

  • Battery technologies
  • 12- and 24-volt DC systems
  • Corrosion, bonding, and lightning protection
  • Generators, inverters, and battery chargers
  • Electric motors and electric lights
  • Marine electronics, antennas, and RFI
  • 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

"If you had to choose a single book to help you assess and maintain your boat gear, this would be it."—Practical Sailor

"A truly remarkable bible. . . . This book is the best of its kind."—WoodenBoat

"A major achievement. . . . It would be hard to imagine anything going wrong on a boat that couldn't be figured out with this book."—Sailing World

"The world's best technical reference and troubleshooting book."—Sailing Inland and Offshore

"This manual will be of lasting interest to anyone who wants to know how their boat works, what has gone wrong when it doesn't, and how it could be fixed."—Classic Boat

"Without becoming too complex, the book covers almost every imaginable mechanical or electrical matter in the marine environment."—Work Boat World

"Calder lives what he writes, . . . [and] what he offers . . . is practical solutions to problems associated with increasingly complex marine systems. . . . [A] bargain for anyone in the construction and repair side of the boat business."—Professional Boatbuilder

Nigel Calder is widely acknowledged as the world's foremost writer on boat systems maintenance. A diesel mechanic for more than 25 years, he has also been a boatbuilder, cabinetmaker, and machinist. Calder is the author of How to Read a Nautical Chart, Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook, Refrigeration for Pleasureboats, and Marine Diesel Engines. He is a frequent contributor to boating magazines in the United States and Britain.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Thorough Jan. 17 2009
By Catch22
Format:Hardcover
This is a brilliant manual. So far, what I like most about the book is how the author summarizes each system on your boat thoroughly. He assumes you have limited specific knowledge, so he gives you a complete summary about how the major systems on your boat function. If you browse the preview available on Amazon, you will notice the section on batteries. In that section, he outlines the chemistry of a battery, and most helpfully, he explains how batteries fail. He explains the strengths and weaknesses of different types of batteries, so you will know (a) how to treat your battery to make it last and (b) why doing those specific things helps.

Overall, what I appreciate most is that he doesn't insult the intelligence of the reader. This is not dumbed down in any way. The author instead gives enough information so that a reasonably intelligent reader can actually understand how different systems on their boat function.

The book is probably more oriented to sailboats, as he talks mainly about diesel engines.

I highly recommend this book, because it can help you gain a feeling of mastery over your boat's systems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable aid for all boatowners Oct. 16 2009
Format:Hardcover
I was loaned the second version by a friend of mine. My friend is a respected marine surveyor and he suggested that I review this book when I indicated that I was looking to move up a few feet in boat ownership.He felt I should become familiar how well appointed 'quality' vessels should be with regards their systems and operational components. He was correct, I have since purchased a vessel, that although not perfect in all areas, I now have the confidence to get there. I purchased this third edition and Mr. Calder has definitely kept this resourse material current. I'm thinking of buying a second book, one for home and one to keep on our new boat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! July 13 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is an amazing book. None of the detail is extraneous - it's all very clear and relevant for a complete understanding of the systems. I am delighted and so is the friend I gave the second copy to as a birthday gift !! Thx ! W
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 12 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Excellent comprehensive book on the W5's!! Well done!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars wish I had found it years ago May 24 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The most complete and helpful guide to boat systems I have ever found. Very clear and precise explanations to almost any question you want answered about how something works on your boat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For any boat owner Feb. 14 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Keep one on board. You never know when you will need it. Pne of the better generic manuals out there from my experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Calder Gem Sept. 8 2013
By Bob B
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A most comprehensive and informative book. A "must have" for any serious boatowner - power or sail. Outstanding value. A great aid in diagnosing and solving your problems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful! June 28 2013
By Slow2
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book mainly because i wanted to review/understand/update the battery system on a 34 foot sailboat that i have recently purchase. The book did not disappoint. Although I have only used the first few chapters around battery information, it has already paid for itself 10x over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple et efficace
Simple, facile à comprendre par les multiples illustrations. En anglais mais facile à traduire. Tout s'y trouve, de la prou à la poupe.
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If you own a boat you should have this book onboard. Great reference that covers the systems related to inboard diesel and gas engines. Read more
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