Author(s): Ed Sherman
This work contains proven, cutting-edge shoreside electrical diagnostic techniques, adapted for boats, for the first time. All techniques are demonstrated in clear, easy-to-follow photo sequences. It guides readers through the gnarliest, most perplexing electrical system troubleshooting and installation problems.
Ed Sherman is a regular contributor to Professional Boatbuilder and Cruising World and a senior staff writer for the American Boat & Yacht Council.
Foreword by Tim Murphy, Executive Editor, Cruising WorldPrefaceAcknowledgments1. Marine Troubleshooting the Modern Way Finding Your Way Electrics versus Electronics Basic Troubleshooting StepsPart 1: Electrical Systems Troubleshooting2. Testing Batteries, Charging Systems, and Starter Circuits, and Measuring Voltage Drop Catalysts for Change Conductance Battery Tester Diagnostic Meter Value and Utility3. Testing Continuity and Tracing Circuits Tone-Generating Circuit Tracer Alphanumeric Time Domain Reflectometer Value and Utility4. Testing AC and Grounding Systems for Polarity, Voltage Drop, Impedance, and Frequency The SureTest Circuit Analyzer Value and Utility5. Temperature Monitoring as a Diagnostic Aid Infrared Heat-Sensing Gun Other Uses for Temperature Monitoring Value and Utility6. Using Power Factor to Determine Energy Efficiency Understanding Power Factor Improving Your Power Factor Determining Power Consumption Using a Power Analyzer Value and Utility7. Analyzing Harmonic Distortion Do You Need a Scope? AC Loads Harmonic Distortion Value and Utility8. Using a Laptop for Intermittent Problems Laptop Link-Ups Real-World Examples9. Testing for Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency Interference Understanding Electromagnetic Interference Standards and Regulations Common Sources and Victims of Interference Tools of the Trade10. Testing for Residual Current and Isolating Its Sources AC Leakage from Appliances Using a Clamp-On AC Leak Tester AC Leakage from Degraded Insulation Using a Megohmmeter Value and Utility11. A Basic Corrosion Survey Tools of the Trade Underwater Metal Corrosion and Protection Basics Conducting a Corrosion Survey12. Grounding Systems Lightning Protection Grounding to Minimize RFI Effects Comparing ABYC and NMEA Grounding Standards Troubleshooting ReduxPart 2: Marine Electronics Installation and Troubleshooting13. Electronic Equipment Installation Guidelines Ergonomics Watertight Integrity Thermal Limits Power Supply Guidelines Summary14. Installing Communications and Position-Finding Systems and Radar Communications Systems Position-Finding Systems Radar15. Installing Depth Sounders, Weather Systems, and Autopilots Depth Sounders Wind- and Weather-Monitoring Instruments Autopilots16. Coaxial Cable and Antennas Coaxial Cable Basics Choosing Coax for Marine Applications Installing Coaxial Cable VHF Antennas SSB Antennas Satellite Television and Radio Antennas Cell Phone Antennas Radar Antennas17. Onboard Networks Network Types NMEA 2000 Troubleshooting The Future of Onboard Power Distribution Closing Thoughts Appendix A: Metric EquivalentsAppendix B: ResourcesAppendix C: ABYC Standards of Interest to Marine Electricians and BoatownersGlossaryList of AcronymsIndex