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0-07-146186-8 Advanced Marine Electrics and Electronics Troubles

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By: Edwin R. Sherman
Date: May 8, 2007
Format: Hardback, 192 pages
ISBN: 0071461868 / 9780071461863

Overview

SAVE TIME AND MONEY WITH THIS STATE-OF-THE-ART GUIDE TO THE LATEST, MOST ADVANCED DIAGNOSTIC EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQUES

“Ed Sherman is one of America’s great teachers and communicators of marine technology.”--Tim Murphy, Executive Editor, Cruising World

Whether you are a marine electronics professional or a boatowner, Advanced Marine Electrics and Electronics Troubleshooting helps you understand the new, more powerful methods of troubleshooting marine electrical and electronic systems. A modern boat’s sophisticated installations and networked electronics can stretch the traditional diagnostic methods based on trouble lights and multimeters past their useful limits.
This book will show you how to:

Use microprocessor-based diagnostic tools and techniques from the automotive and communications sectors, adapted for boats for the first time
Diagnose the most difficult AC and DC problems Protect communications and navigation electronics from interference and lightning
Seek out and eliminate stray-current sources and galvanic corrosion

Table of contents

Foreword by Tim Murphy, Executive Editor, Cruising World
Preface
Acknowledgments

1. Marine Troubleshooting the Modern Way
Finding Your Way
Electrics versus Electronics
Basic Troubleshooting Steps

Part 1: Electrical Systems Troubleshooting

2. Testing Batteries, Charging Systems, and Starter
Circuits, and Measuring Voltage Drop
Catalysts for Change
Conductance Battery Tester
Diagnostic Meter
Value and Utility
3. Testing Continuity and Tracing Circuits
Tone-Generating Circuit Tracer
Alphanumeric Time Domain Reflectometer
Value and Utility
4. Testing AC and Grounding Systems for Polarity, Voltage Drop, Impedance, and Frequency
The SureTest Circuit Analyzer
Value and Utility
5. Temperature Monitoring as a Diagnostic Aid
Infrared Heat-Sensing Gun
Other Uses for Temperature Monitoring
Value and Utility
6. Using Power Factor to Determine Energy Efficiency
Understanding Power Factor
Improving Your Power Factor
Determining Power Consumption
Using a Power Analyzer
Value and Utility
7. Analyzing Harmonic Distortion
Do You Need a Scope?
AC Loads
Harmonic Distortion
Value and Utility
8. Using a Laptop for Intermittent Problems
Laptop Link-Ups
Real-World Examples
9. Testing for Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency Interference
Understanding Electromagnetic Interference
Standards and Regulations
Common Sources and Victims of Interference
Tools of the Trade
10. 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 Utility
11. A Basic Corrosion Survey
Tools of the Trade
Underwater Metal Corrosion and Protection Basics
Conducting a Corrosion Survey
12. Grounding Systems
Lightning Protection
Grounding to Minimize RFI Effects
Comparing ABYC and NMEA Grounding Standards
Troubleshooting Redux

Part 2: Marine Electronics Installation and Troubleshooting

13. Electronic Equipment Installation Guidelines
Ergonomics
Watertight Integrity
Thermal Limits
Power Supply
Guidelines Summary
14. Installing Communications and Position-Finding Systems and Radar
Communications Systems
Position-Finding Systems
Radar
15. Installing Depth Sounders, Weather Systems, and Autopilots
Depth Sounders
Wind- and Weather-Monitoring Instruments
Autopilots
16. 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 Antennas
17. Onboard Networks
Network Types
NMEA 2000
Troubleshooting
The Future of Onboard Power Distribution
Closing Thoughts

Appendix A: Metric Equivalents
Appendix B: Resources
Appendix C: ABYC Standards of Interest to Marine Electricians and Boatowners

Glossary
List of Acronyms
Index

Biographical note

Ed Sherman is a regular contributor to Professional Boatbuilder and Cruising World and a senior staff writer for the American Boat & Yacht Council.

Back cover copy

SAVE TIME AND MONEY WITH THIS STATE-OF-THE-ART GUIDE TO THE LATEST, MOST ADVANCED DIAGNOSTIC EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQUES

“Ed Sherman is one of America’s great teachers and communicators of marine technology.”--Tim Murphy, Executive Editor, Cruising World

Whether you are a marine electronics professional or a boatowner, Advanced Marine Electrics and Electronics Troubleshooting helps you understand the new, more powerful methods of troubleshooting marine electrical and electronic systems. A modern boat’s sophisticated installations and networked electronics can stretch the traditional diagnostic methods based on trouble lights and multimeters past their useful limits. This book will show you how to:

Use microprocessor-based diagnostic tools and techniques from the automotive and communications sectors, adapted for boats for the first time
Diagnose the most difficult AC and DC problems
Protect communications and navigation electronics from interference and lightning
Seek out and eliminate stray-current sources and galvanic corrosion

Veteran marine electrician Ed Sherman is the senior staff writer for the American Boat and Yacht Council. He also serves as ABYC’s manager of quality control for instructional staff and marine-systems curriculum designer. He is a regular contributor to Professional Boatbuilder, Cruising World, and other boating magazines, and has authored or coauthored three other books about marine electrical systems and engines.

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