Replacing Your Boat’s Electrical System

Published 10 years ago, updated 4 years ago

By Mike Westin

Published by Adlard Coles Nautical (February 2013)

ISBN 9781408132937

A boat’s electrical system can be temperamental – whether it’s prone to frequent oxidization, is reaching the end of its useful life, or is simply a tangle of wires added by previous owners. For boat owners who are themselves a little rusty on electrical DIY, this is an invaluable guide to getting glitches fixed and upgrades completed quickly, easily and safely, and without enlisting the costly services of an engineer.

While the theoretical basics are summarised in plain, jargon-free language, the book places clear emphasis on the practical skills and know-how needed, including:

  • Choosing the right tools and equipment
  • Installing appropriate cables and batteries for your vessel
  • A step-by-step guide to installing a new interior lighting circuit
  • Renewable sources of energy, and how to harness them
  • References, glossary, and basic electrical theory

Suitable for both motorboats and yachts, this highly practical manual boasts helpful tables and checklists, modern, up-to-date treatment and a straightforward approach throughout, and promises to show even complete novices just how easy it can be to replace a boat’s electrical system.

Mike Westin is a marine journalist and, in his spare time, a DIY boat repairer. He has owned and worked on a variety of boats, both power and sail, so is fully in tune with what boat builders and repairers need to know when taking on projects of this nature.

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