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Paperback The 12-Volt Bible for Boats Book

ISBN: 0071392335

ISBN13: 9780071392334

The 12-Volt Bible for Boats

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The 12-Volt Bible for Boats is a clear, nonthreatening introduction to the 12-volt electrical systems used on small boats to power everything from reading lights to bilge pumps. This second edition is thoroughly updated with respect to modern batteries, breaker and panel design, alternative energy sources, and troubleshooting equipment, but it retains the fundamental simplicity that is the source of its enduring popularity (more than 100,000 copies...

Customer Reviews

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12 Volt Bible

Easy to use in wiring a boat or any 12 volt DC wiring. All the things you will need to know to safely wire any 12 volt system

Good Book

Very good basic guide for 12-volt systems. I'm not an expert and needed a little help doing some wiring on our cruiser. This fits the bill.

Great Introduction for 12V Use in the Marine Environment

Even if you've never worked with electricity, but now need to because you have a boat, "The 12-Volt Bible for Boats" is a great introduction that covers more than just the basics. The early part of the book covers all of the beginner introduction to batteries and electricity. It also explains the differences between 12-Volt car systems and boat systems. This book helps you determine what gauge wire you need for what current demand of your new piece of equipment and length of the wire run. The later chapters cover specifics of how to hook up particular equipment such as solar panels and wind generators. The final section covers test equipment you can build yourself. This book is definitely worth the price.

Exactly the right boat electrical book for most owners

This book is exactly what it advertises to be; it is an introduction to the 12 volt DC electrical system used on small boats -- sail, outboard or inboard. It uses plain English to provide an introduction or refresher in basic electronics. It quickly transitions to the correct use and carring for the boat battery, describes what to do and not to do for safe electric circuits and apparatus, and how to use common test equipment. The writers make a headache causing subject easy to understand. It has one of the best explanations of the the boat "ground" sysytem which is different than that used with AC or vehicle DC. You need to understand that difference if you own or operate a boat. Most do not understand. The most valuable part of the book is its clear explanation and illustration of using simple and common test equipment to troubleshoot and fix everyday boat electric problems at home or afloat. Real examples are used. I know several marine electricians that could benefit from reading this book. The book is worth every cent of it's cost. Keep a copy on your boat, it will pay for itself. The writers did a good job.


This is a book for those whose knowlege of 12 volt systems could be summed up as "well, I know there's a battery in there somewhere!" If you already know how to use a multimeter, this book probably isn't for you. Absolutely great for it's target audience, the rank newbie to boat electrical systems.
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