Joined: 31 Aug 2018 Posts: 140 City/Region: Sherwood
State or Province: OR
C-Dory Year: 1999
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Posted: Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:17 pm Post subject: book on boat wiring
Can anyone recommend a good book that goes over all aspects (code, best practices, tips, etc.) of boat wiring (AC and DC)?
There are lots of books for sale on Amazon, but hard to tell how useful they are without being able to sit down and scroll through them. I have the winter to research and design the electrical system for my project boat and I’ve already collected lots of articles off the web, but I’m wondering if there is a book out there that is a favorite, that folks consider a “Bible” of boat wiring. I’m looking for something that is focused on all aspects of boat wiring, geared towards readers who already have a good understanding of electricity.
Joined: 02 Nov 2003 Posts: 17001 City/Region: Pensacola
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2007
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
Vessel Name: thataway
Posted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:11 pm Post subject:
Here is my take on several of the most popular books:
(Although my primary education was in the medical sciences, My father was a Cal Tech educated electrical engineer. So dinner conversation from the time I was a toddler was about electrical systems.)
Boatowner′s Mechanical and Electrical Manual, third edition
Maintain, repair, and improve a boats essential systems. A comprehensive guide to electrical, mechanical, and propulsion systems.
This is a classic and covers a lot of systems, as well as a good section on DC and AC wiring. It is about $20 on Amazon. Published in 2015
Understanding Boat Wiring
John C. Payne
Compact explanation of basic boat wiring functions and practices. $9 and well presented basics.
The Marine Electrical and Electronics Bible, third edition
John C. Payne
This is the definitive "Bible" of electrical theory and practical application in boats. But cost is $125!
Boatowner′s Illustrated—Electrical Handbook, second edition
Great for learning about a boat′s electrical system. This is a practical and easy to read/understand book. If I was going to spend $20 on a book on electrical systems, this probably would be it--but it is a bit dated: 2006.
The 12 volt Bible for Boats revised edition 2003 by Edwin R. Sherman
This has been the "standard" for over 30 years--but is a bit out of date by now. About $15. But Powerboater's Guide to Electrical Systems, Second Edition in 2007 is sort of an update by Sherman.
There is also a lot of information on the internet. Some things to review are the web sits by Blue Seas, the various "Battery universities", and ABYC electrical standards: This PDF simplified version has a wealth of material:
There is a lot of other material by West Marine, and several of the wiring companies--google "Boat electrical wiring".
The weakness in most books is solar, wind, and LED technology--as well as most modern cells (Lithium ion batteries and carbon foam AGM batteries ). Again the internet is your friend. Also read all of Panbo's various posts--pretty much cutting edge. I don't like the new format of the blogs as well--but the material is there. https://www.panbo.com
I don't mean to mix electrical basics with electronics--but the edge is being blurring in many modern boats--C Dory's remain simple. That is much easier!
Enjoy the trip--I find electrical and electronics fascinating. _________________ Bob Austin
Thataway (Ex Seaweed) 2007 25 C Dory May 2018
Thisaway 2006 22' CDory November 2011 to May 2018
Caracal 18 140 Suzuki 2007 to present
Thataway TomCat 255 150 Suzukis June 2006 thru August 2011
C Pelican; 1992, 22 Cruiser, 2002 thru 2006
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