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Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual: How to Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat's Essential Systems Hardcover – Jun 21 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 832 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 3 edition (June 21 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071432388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071432382
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 3.6 x 27.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Catch22 on Jan. 17 2009
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Popeye Pete on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendy J. Kaiser on 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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By Mainsail50e on April 21 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you own a boat you should have this book onboard. Great reference that covers the systems related to inboard diesel and gas engines. It covers plumbing ,electrical systems, boat structure and has great tips and troubleshooting advice. This is a very detailed book that should come with every boat. The advice on maintenance is worth the price of purchase alone. Great DIY coach or just for those who want to understand the systems related to their boat. This is a must have book.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm a self-educating type of beginner sailor. I love this book that is written in a clear and detailed way. With Casey's "Sailboat maintenance manual", they are my two reference books on maintenance. I would welcome a section on outboards in both, but will settle for buying one specifically on this.
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By sc on Sept. 23 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Boatowners Mechanical and Electrical Manual is very well done, well laid out, good graphics and full of need to know information on everything. I recently purchased an old boat and refer to this almost daily for maintenance and upgrading references. An absolute must have for any boater.
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Well written and easy to navigate. Has all the essential information that every boater should have available to them when out on the water or at the dock. Especially if somethng goes wrong.. Any serious boater should have a copy aboard.
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If you are a tradesman or someone who is mechanicly inclined then this is the book for you. I would consider this a textbook for a "wanna be" shipwright. A great deal of very usefull and up to date information.
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