How Boat Things Work

Author(s): Charlie Wing

Nautical - Maintenance

A technical manual for all the mechanical and sail-related sytems on your boat.


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Charlie Wing received his Ph.D. in oceanography from MIT. Wing lived aboard a cruising sailboat for six years, during which he obtained his U.S. Coast Guard Captain's license. His frustration with available study guides for the coast guard exams led him to create International Marine's bestselling Get Your Captain's License, now in its third edition. He is also the author of three other International Marine books, including Boatowner's Illustrated Handbook of Wiring.

IntroductionChapter 1. PropulsionDrivetrainPrinciple of the Diesel EngineFour-Stroke Diesel CycleYanmar 2GMCylinder BlockPistonCrankshaftCamshaftCylinder HeadTiming Gear HousingFlywheel HousingValve CoverAir Intake and BreatherFuel SystemPrimary Fuel FilterFuel Lift PumpSecondary Fuel FilterFuel Injection PumpFuel MeteringFuel InjectorsLubrication SystemLubricating PumpSeawater Cooling SystemFreshwater Cooling SystemFreshwater ThermostatSeawater PumpFreshwater PumpHeat ExchangerStarter MotorTransmissionsYanmar KM2-A Two-Shaft Reduction and Reverse GearPlanetary-Type TransmissionCutless BearingsShaft CouplingsDrivesaverStuffing BoxesRigid Stuffing BoxFlexible Stuffing BoxShaft SealsPropellersFixed PropellersFolding PropellersTwo-Blade, Feathering Max-PropThree-Blade, Feathering Max-PropAutomatic, Variable-Pitch AutopropChapter 2. Steering and ControlsCables and ControlsPowerboat ControlsOutboard Mechanical SteeringSingle-Station HydraulicDual-Station HydraulicOutboard Hydraulic SteeringSailboat SteeringPedestalsRack-and-Pinion Pedestal LinkageTwin-Rudder Rack-and-Pinion Pedestal LinkageChain-and-Wire DrivesRadial and Quadrant DrivesForward-Mounted Rack-and-Pinion SteeringAutopilotsServopendulum WindvaneMagnetic CompassChapter 3. Standing RiggingWire and FittingsWire RopeSwaged FittingsSwageless FittingsRigging TerminologyMasthead RigFractional RigRig TuningChapter 4. Line HandlingRopeSplicesLong SpliceShort SpliceEnd SpliceEye SpliceWire Rope EyesEye Splice in Double-BraidCoiling and CleatingKnotsReef (Square) KnotSheet BendBowlineBowline on a BightClove HitchTwo Half HitchesTautline HitchRolling HitchTrucker's HitchBecket HitchesStopper Knot and Heaving Line KnotAnchor BendBlock and TackleSail Control SystemsCunninghamsSelf-Tacking Jibs and StaysailsMainsheetsOuthaulsMainsail Jiffy ReefingSpinnaker ControlsTravelersBoom VangsWinchesRoller FurlingChapter 5. Ground TackleMooringsAnchor WindlassAnchorsLightweightPlowBruceKedgeGrapnelSnubbers and Shock AbsorbersAnchoringSingle AnchorTwo Anchors off the BowBahamian MoorMediterranean MoorRetrieving the AnchorChapter 6. ElectricalDC CircuitsA Common DC CircuitDC GroundingBatteriesBattery ConstructionSeries and Parallel ConnectionsMeasurement UnitsOptimal Fast Charging of BatteriesGalvanic CorrosionCathodic Protection and BondingStray-Current CorrosionBondingBonding or Grounding?To Bond or Not to Bond?AC CircuitsGrounding and SafetyGround Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)AlternatorsA Rotary-Current GeneratorIncreasing Current OutputThree-Phase OutputConverting AC to DCControlling the AlternatorThe RotorA Real RotorVolvo MD31A AlternatorChapter 7. PlumbingPumpsCentrifugal PumpFlexible Impeller PumpVane PumpsDiaphragm PumpsWhale Flipper Pump Mk. 4Whale V Pump Mk. 6Whale Babyfoot Pump Mk. 2Whale Gusher Galley Mk. 3Jabsco Par-Mate Electric Diaphragm PumpWater SystemsRaritan GMPT Galley Mate Pump AssemblyMarine ToiletsThe LectraSan MCRaritan PHII Marine ToiletPHII Electric Conversion KitValvesTapered-Plug SeacocksExpanding-Plug SeacocksBall-Valve SeacocksY-ValvesRefrigerationCondenserEvaporatorControlsAdler Barbour Cold MachineDiesel Stove and HeaterDickinson Fuel Metering ValveLP Gas InstallationsIndex

General Fields

  • : 9780071377546
  • : mcgraw
  • : mcgraw
  • : August 2003
  • : 279mm X 221mm X 17mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hardback
  • : 623.82
  • : 176
  • : 160 two-colour drawings
  • : Charlie Wing