Links to other resources

  • Bill Darden's Battery FAQ provides a host of information, and has a whole section on deep cycle batteries. There's more stuff here than you can imagine.

Sailboat Electrics Simplified book cover Sailboat Electrics Simplified by Don Casey

I spent my childhood playing with electricity, but most people find it pretty mysterious. You generally can't smell it, see it, or hear it (and please don't try tasting or touching it). How do you know what it's doing?

Don Casey has written a good guide for the novice electrician that's especially tuned for the sailboat owner who wants his electrical gear to work reliably. If your boat lights are flickering, maybe you should consult this book.

This Old Boat book cover This Old Boat by Don Casey

Subtitled "turn a rundown fiberglass boat into a first-class yacht on a shoestring budget," this book is the best introduction I know boat maintenance for the new or prospective owner of a "modern classic" sailboat. Starting with guidelines for selecting a boat, Casey proceeds to fiberglass repairs, cabin and deckwork, spars and rigging, boat equipment, woodwork, electrical, plumbing, refrigeration, painting, canvas work and sails. All of this is described in clear, simple terms perfect for the inexperienced. This is the book that taught me fiberglass work. But don't let it fool you; this book is appropriate for experienced boatowners, too. I still refer to it.

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