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Education: Basic Electricity

Basic Electricity
US Navy Basic Electricity Course
IATSE Basic Electricity
ATT Basic Electricity Test
The Electricity Forum: Basic Electricity
Miller training Systems: Basic Electricity
National Museum of American History.
BoatSafe Basic Electricity
Save on Energy: How Electricity Works:
Univ Of Alaska SE,
Glossary Of Electrical Terms
An Animated Guide to the Science of Batteries

Associations, Societies,  Regulations, Standards

US Coast Guard Regulations For Recreational Boats : 33 CFR 183.401 to 460 and here: Boat Builders Handbook
USA Standards for Commercial Small Passenger Vessels
46 CFR Subchapter T Part 183 Electrical Installations: Passenger Vessels under 100 Gross Tons

American Boat and Yacht Council ABYC has standards for Electrical Systems on boats.
E-11 Electrical Systems AC and DC, is the main one that is used for planning and installing electrical systems on boats. The current version must be purchased from ABYC.
Outdated versions of E-11 July 2008 (pdf)

ISO: International Standards  The ISO standards for recreational boats. Current Versions must be purchased from ISO. The Electrical Standards are:
10133 Low Voltage DC 
13297 AC systems 

Canadian Office of Boating Safety Regulations Canadian Standards for boats. The Electrical Standards are found in:
TP 1332 construction Standards For Small Vessels

National Marine Electronics Association has developed a widely used standard for installation of electronic equipment on boats, in particular equipment that can communication with each other, e.g. computers, GPS, radars, radios, depth sounders, etc. See NMEA 2000

Car And Deep Cycle Battery FAQ 2011
By far the most comprehensive, authoritative and extensive website on batteries,  Essentially everything you ever would want to know about batteries.


HOT DOCKS: Current leaks in Marinas
AKA Electric Shock Drowning.

Hot Docks by Kevin Ritz
Electric Shock Drowning BOAT/US Resource Center
Corrosion in Marinas  David Pascoe on Yacht
Electric Shock Drowning Prevention Association


Metal Corrosion on Boats

Corrosion and Protection Center UK.
Corrosion Prevention on Metal Boats Kasten Marine Design
Corrosion Tables Sandvik Materials Technology
Galvanic Corrosion
Yacht Corrosion Wiki:
To Bond Or Not to Bond:
Types of Marine Corrosion: Don Casey BoatUS.
Electro Guard

Corrosion, Zincs And Bonding: Michael kasten
Corrosion Reference Electrodes And User Guides

Corrosion of Marine Wiring

Marine Wiring Corrosion

Metal Fastener Corrosion on Wood Boats

Fasteners for Exposed Wood Structures Why wood rots around metal fasteners.
Corrosion Of Metal In Wood Products. Relevant to boats.

Corrosion of Metals By Wood,  National Physical Lab, UK

USCG NAVIC 7-95 Guidance on Inspection Repair and Maintenance of Wooden Hulls   Chapter 4 page (4-1) has an excellent discussion of corrosion on wood boats.
(This is a downloadable PDF file.)

Fastener Corrosion: Sea Magazine

Lightning Protection

The Science Of Lightning Protection
Non-technical Article on lightning protection
Technical Lightning Grounding Information
A New Concept for Lightning Protection of Boats
EXCHANGEOct2007Final.pdf A collection of articles on lightning protection
Michael Kasten on Lightning Protection
NASD on Lightning http://nasdonline.


Electrical Systems and Batteries

All About Marine Wire Terminations: Proper Crimping
Ancor Products: Electrical products for boats
Balmar DC Charging Systems
Blue Sea Systems
Blue Sea Systems Technical Articles
Boating Safety Scheme: Electrical Systems. UK
BoatUS On Electrical Systems on Boats
BoatUS Don Casey Cable Size and Connectors
Boston Whaler Forum on Electrical By Continuous Wave
Canal Junction Boat Electrical (UK)
Car and Deep Cycle Battery FAQ, Battery Manufacturers and Brand Names List,
and Battery References and Information
Comparing Wet Cell, AGM & Gel Cell by Von Wentzel Pg 1 
Comparing Wet Cell, AGM & Gel Cell by Von Wentzel Pg 2
Batteries And Charging  Northern Arizona Wind and Sun
Deep Cycle Vs Starter Battery  By How Stuff Works .Com
Educypedia Electrical-Electronics The Educational Encyclopedia.
Electric and Marine Hybrid Technology International solely dedicated to electric and hybrid marine technologies
Electrical References Book References
Exploding Batteries and Boats  Yachting Monthly; How Batteries can explode.
Galvanic Isolators   By BoatUS Seaworthy Magazine
Gell Cell Batteries Tech Manual  By MK Battery
West marine on How to Size Battery Banks
Marinco: Wire Technical Data Charts
Marine Electrical Checklist  Inspecting Marine Electrical Sys.
Marine Electronics and Marine Electrics. By John Payne
Northern Lights/Lugger Marine Generators
Northern Lights Marine Generator Toubleshooting Guide
Outback Power  Systems  Inverters chargers controllers panels
OK Bayou Electrical Forum for Boats
Other Power on Storage Batteries
Peter Kennedy Yacht Services
. Info on electrical
Polar Power Inc Photovoltaic Systems (Solar Power)
Renewable Energy System on your RV or Boat
AMProbe Test and Measurement Tools
Smart Guage (technical Info) SmartPlug Systems LLC
US Navy Basic Electricity Course
Victron Energy: Electrical Systems
Xantrex Marine Power Electrical Equipment
Yandina Electrical Equipment, manuals, Schematics. 

More Battery Info

AGM Battery Tech Manual  By Zimmerman Marine
Battery Council International (BCI)
Battcon International International Conference on Batteries
Battery Reference Links (everything about batteries) By Bill Darden
Battery Mfg and Brand Names List   By Bill Darden
Battery Mfg in the World  By Source Guides
How stuff works: What is the difference between a normal lead-acid car battery and a deep cycle battery
Sealed Valve Regulated (SVR) Batteries
Interstate Batteries Knowledge Base: Battery terminology and more
Battery University: practical battery knowledge
Battery Tutorial on Battery Stuff . Com
BoatKeeper Getting Started With Marine Batteries
Deep Cycle Batteries By Metaefficient
Marine Battery Primer By
Victron Energy Booklet Energy Unlimited
Trojan Batteries
Wikipedia Batteries
Wikipedia Lead Acid Batteries
Wikipedia Gel Cel Batteries
VDC Electronics (battery minder)
LifeLine Batteries

Lithium Batteries

Marine How To: On Lithium Batteries

Relion: Info on Lithium Batteries


Distributed Power Systems

Yachting Magazine Distributed Power System
Professinal Boatbuilder Magazine
NMMA on NMEA 2000 standard
PANBO Distributed Power

Portable Generators Information

Consumer Product Safety Comm Portable Generator Hazards.
Consumer Product Safety Comm Portable Generators CO
OSHA document on using portable generators safely.

Red Cross  on using portable generators.

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Kollmann Marine Refrigeration Good site for finding out about refrigeration and how marine refrigeration works.

Solar Power Systems

Captain Curran's Sailing Blog: Solar Panels For Boats; An easy Installation Guide.
Sierra Solar: Electrical Systems On Boats
Compass Marine: Installing a small marine solar system
Electric and Solar Powered Boats
Solar Power Installation On The Sailboat Groovy
Solar Action Alliance
Solar Panel Recycling 101 by ECO Watch

Books Of Interest To Boat Builders

USCG Compliance Guidelines Published by ABYC
Compliance Guideline Set
Electrical Compliance Guideline

Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual: by Nigel Calder. This is an excellent manual covering many of the systems on boats, everything from electrical to fuel systems, galleys, heads, etc. A must have for maintenance. (See ad to the left)

Powerboater's Guide to Electrical Systems, Second Edition
Ed Sherman, Published 2000, by Boating Magazine (See ad to the left)

Boatowner's Illustrated Handbook of Wiring:
Charlie Wing, Published 1993 by McGraw Hill

Your Boat's Electrical System: Manual of Electrical and Electronic Projects Conrad Miller, Elbert S. Maloney, Published 1988 by Hearst Marine Books

Sailboat Electrics Simplified, Don Casey, 1999 International Marine(See ad to the left)

Metal Corrosion in Boats 2nd Ed. Nigel Warren
by A & C Black publishers.  1998

Amperes Away!  The Practical Guide to Marine Electrics and Electronics Jack Balmer Lady Meg Publishing, Canada 1997

Owner's Manuals, Maintenance Manuals, Service Bulletins.   Etc

Jamestown Distributors How Tos
Ken Cook Company 
Yamaha Outboard Owners Manuals Online
Yamaha Outboard Manuals
OMC Cobra SternDrive Info
Onan (Cummins) MCCK Generator manuals
Master Tech Marine Mercury Outboard Wiring Diagrams
Mercury Marine Service Bulletins 
Triton Boats Wiring Diagrams PDF:
Yandina Installation Manuals
Westerbeke Corporation Document Library


Electric Boats

The Electric Boat Association (UK)

Sample Wiring diagrams:


How To's

Owen Youngblood on Wiring Your Boat,


Steve D'Antonio on Isolation transformers and Galvanic isolators

Marine How to Articles: everything electrical from soup to nuts, and more.

Terminals must be used. A page on the Friendship Sloop Society web site explains it well.
Anixer: Wire And Cable technical Information Handbook: Basic electricity to International standards and more.

Electrical Systems 101 (from the Catalina 34 Intnl Assoc.),5977.0.html

Marine Electrical Checklist
Getting Grounded By Ed Sherman
Electrical On Board
Having Safe AC On Board By Ed Sherman (pdf)

Marine How to: Marine Wire Teminations: Mostly about how to get a good crimp. 

Wire Sizing Aids Apps Sites

Blue Seas
Blue Seas Circuit Wizard
West Marine
Best Boat Wire Voltage Drop Calculator
The Boat Project
Dirty Dog Software

Electrical Equipment and Supplies

This is not an all inclusive list. By doing an internet search on Marine Electric or Boat Electric you can find many more.

Allied Wire And cable (AWC)
Best Boat
Blue Seas Systems
Cable Ties and More
Del City; Marine Grade Wire:
Fisheries Supply
Great Lakes Skipper
Hubbell Marine Electrical Products Marine Electrical Wire Kits
Jamestown Distributors
Marinco Electrical Group
MEP -  Marine Electrical Products
Power Systems Plus
Seattle Marine and Fishing Supply
Sea Tech Marine Grade Products
Tinned Marine Wire
West Marine

Battery Manufacturers  There is a much more complete list at Battery FAQ

Crown Battery (Canada)
Canadian Energy (Canada)
East Penn  Manufacturing Co. Inc.(US)
Exide Technologies (US)
Giant Battery Co. (Canada)
Johnson Controls (US)
Interstate Batteries (US)
Rolls Batteries (Canada)
Shield Batteries (UK)
Trojan Battery Company (US)
Vision Rechargeable Products (China)

Battery Sources

Advanced Power Products
Batteries Plus
Battery Mart
Battery Stuff
Centennial Batteries (US)
DC Battery
East Coast Marine Battery
Impact Battery Company
Interstate Batteries
lifeline Batteries
Odyssey Marine Batteries
Optima Batteries
Power Stride
Sears Roebuck
SEP Stored Energy Products
Trojan Battery Company
U. S. Battery
West Marine
WestCo Battery
American Boat And Yacht Council  Boat Design Net  Wooden Boat Foundation
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