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John Jamieson

"Secrets' is the modern Bowditch, written so clearly that navigation and seamanship will be comprehensible to anyone..."
--Dave and Jaja Martin, circumnavigators and authors of Into the Light: A Family's Epic Journey


"It's a great book. The prose is simple and clear . . ."
--John Vigor, author of The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat


"It is a fine piece of work and should be read by anyone contemplating coastal cruising or blue water voyages. It definitely deserves a place in the offshore yacht's library . . ."
--Ted Brewer, yacht designer, author, and offshore racing and cruising sailor


Be a Better Skipper


In the night, wind, rain, fog, big seas, strong currents, or congested waters, when there’s no time for textbook seamanship solutions, what you need are shortcuts and techniques that work quickly and reliably every time.


Distilled from the vast accumulated lore of seamanship and navigation, here are the absolute essentials--185 techniques that work without fail in the pilothouse or the exposed cockpit or flying bridge of a shorthanded sail- or powerboat. John Jamieson shows you how to:


  • Set up a clipboard chart table for cockpit use
  • Avoid hazards with danger bearings or a GPS grid highway
  • Estimate current speeds with the 50-90-100 rule
  • Track other boats in poor visibility using radar plots and bearing drift
  • Sail home without a rudder or get your twin-screw boat home on one working engine
  • Dock or anchor under any conditions
  • And much, much more

Even in this age of electronic navigation you need to know how to eyeball your boat through any situation. Each of the techniques in this cut-to-the-chase book has shown itself to be absolutely repeatable. It will work this time, the next time,
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Sailors' Secrets: Advice from the Masters
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Mike Badham

Sailors' Secrets contains over 1,000 tips, suggestions, evaluations, and nuggets of hard-won advice from more than 300 seasoned veterans.

Instructive humorous, biting, and challenging, Sailors' Secrets can be opened anywhere and enjoyed. Its wide-ranging chapters cover routine maintenance, understanding weather, safety at sea, storm strategies, piloting, engine troubleshooting, gear and outfitting, and simple solutions to complex problems.

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Inspecting the Aging Sailboat

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Don Casey

Become an Expert Judge of Used Sailboats

Step by step, the author of the bestselling This Old Boat shows you how to evaluate the condition of an older fiberglass sailboat-the one you own or the one you'd like to purchase. Don Casey's expert advice helps you:

  • Assess the condition of a used sailboat in 30 minutes
  • Prioritize maintenance and repair tasks for a boat you already own
  • Catch potential problems early
  • Know where to look and what to look for (and how to interpret what you see)


A professional survey is recommended before purchasing a boat-and usually required for financing-but with Inspecting the Aging Sailboat, you can consider and reject any number of boats before settling on "the one." This book will streamline your used-boat shopping while saving you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in professional survey fees.

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A Sail of Two Idiots
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A Sail of Two Idiots

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Renee Petrillo

A “Sail of Two Idiots”is the fascinating, informative, and hilarious true story about a couple of novice sailors who sold their home, bought a boat, grabbed their cat and a few belongings - and set sail!

If you’ve ever considered, or even fantasized, about raising your sails and not looking back, you won’t be able to put this book down! 

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Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook
Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook

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Nigel Calder

The most comprehensive and helpful guide ever written for selecting and equipping a cruising sailboat

Whether you’re a coastal or offshore cruiser, you’ll find your most pressing concerns treated with the know-how that makes for skillful, confident cruising in Nigel Calder’s Cruising Handbook. The author -- one of the most respected marine how-to authors on either side of the Atlantic, and author of the universally admired Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual, -- walks you through all key technical and practical aspects of modern cruising systems and equipment, providing you with a summary of the skills necessary for safe, enjoyable sailing.

The first half of the book includes an easy-to-use tabular method for evaluating a boat's suitability for cruising; ideas for workable deck and interior lay-outs and organization; how to choose and configure suitable boat systems for cruising; and how to install gear for trouble free operation.

The book's second half teaches you boat handling skills; core navigational expertise; anchoring techniques; weather understanding; heavy weather expertise; and specific skills for long-term and long-distance cruising.

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Handbook of Sailing
Handbook of Sailing

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Handbook of Sailing

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Bob Bond

This classic contains 2,000 diagrams and photos enabling you to visualize every sailing procedure and maneuver; reflects the latest word on procedures, techniques, and equipment. 48 pages of full-color photos. Extremely comprehensive of almost all aspects of sailing. For beginners through advanced levels including spinnakers, weather, navigation & lights, tides, first aid, knots, recovering from various emergencies, entering & leaving difficult moorings, rafting, anchoring, and much more. Experts in any area will want greater detail on a topic but others will be grateful for the help that's here. The 1250 drawings and photos are outstanding for their clarity and illustrative value.

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GPS for Mariners, 2nd Edition
GPS for Mariners, 2nd Edition

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GPS for Mariners, 2nd Edition

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Robert J. Sweet

In GPS for Mariners, 2nd Edition: A Guide for the Recreational Boater, you'll finda minimum of tech-talk and theory and more on getting the most out of today's more advanced and powerful GPS units.

  • Get the most out of your handheld GPS or chartplotter
  • Connect your GPS unit to your onboard navigation system (PC, Radar, or autopilot)
  • Learn how to preplan your trip before leaving the dock
  • Become an informed GPS buyer and user

 

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As Long as It's Fun
As Long as It's Fun

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As Long as It's Fun
As Long as It's Fun

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Herb McCormick

To anyone interested in small-boat cruising and voyaging, the names Lin and Larry Pardey need no introduction. As world-girdling sailors who roamed the planet on a pair of small, engineless boats that they built themselves, the Pardeys established their hard-earned reputations by eloquently (and sometimes controversially) telling their stories through a series of best-selling books and manuals, and countless seminars and boat shows.

They have been called the first couple of cruising and have remained true to their mantra: Go simple, go small, go now. And after 200,000 miles of cruising under sail, they ve demonstrated that the dream of voyaging over the horizon is not only attainable, it's affordable. The children of modest, middle-class families, their message of accessibility into the world of cruising of taking your own floating home anywhere has proved irresistible to tens of thousands of sailors. Lin and Larry Pardey became cruising royalty not solely due to their impressive deeds but also through their rare ability to share what they d learned across multiple media.

Seemingly every offshore cruiser knows who they are and what they represent. Or do they? In As Long as It s Fun, the biography of Lin and Larry Pardey, Herb McCormick recounts their remarkable sailing career from their early days in Southern California to their two circumnavigations to their current life in a quiet cove in New Zealand. Through interviews with their families, friends, and critics, McCormick delves deeply into the couple s often-controversial opinions, sometimes-tenuous marriage, and amazing list of accomplishments.

As Long as It s Fun is as much a love story as it is a sea yarn, and, like all such stories, it s not without complications . . . which makes it not only a sailing tale but also a human one.

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Sailboat Refinishing
Sailboat Refinishing

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Sailboat Refinishing

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Don Casey

With this fully illustrated guide, you'll learn everything you need to know about refinishing your sailboat, including:

Inside you'll find:

- Choosing the Right Materials and Tools
- Proper Surface Preparation
- Reviving and Repairing Gelcoat
- Getting a Professional Paint Finish (at Half the Cost!)

From the masthead to the galley to the keel, Sailboat Refinishing will save you time and money and make your boat the envy of the marina! Don't miss out on this special offer!

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What Knot?
What Knot?

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What Knot?
What Knot?

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Geoffrey Budworth and Richard Hopkins

Anyone can tie knots: learn just one or two from this book and you will be glad you bought it. Learn ten, and it could make a difference in your life. This is because there is endless pleasure to be had from the study and practice of knot tying, this fundamental but fascinating process being an art, craft, science and philosophy, all rolled into one.

This book contains over 150 knots and splices and is guaranteed to amuse for hours on end. It makes sense to shed our over dependence on buckles, clips and zip fasteners, safety pins and superglue, when a length of cord or rope and the right choice of knot works at least as well and often better.

The types of knots in this book range from figure-of-eight knots, bowlines and sheet bends, crossing knots, wrap-and-tuck knots, and more. A full glossary and index will help readers learn to tie knots of all kinds.

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How to Read a Nautical Chart
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Nigel Calder

Authoritative, practical, and hands-on information on reading and relying on electronic and paper nautical charts

The classic How to Read a Nautical Chart explains every aspect of electronic and paper nautical charts: how a chart is assembled, how to gauge the accuracy of chart data, how to read charts created by other governments, how to use information such as scale, projection technique and datum that every chart contains; how not to get fooled or run aground by overzooming. Nigel Calder teaches you how to squeeze every ounce of information out of a nautical chart (on your GPS, chartplotter, or nav station) and understand the limits of accuracy for all charts, paper and electronic, raster and vector.

This much-awaited second edition addresses the changes in the world of electronic charting, integrated onboard navigation systems, as well as radar overlays and AIS and their interfacing with charts. A new chapter on the Wiki Revolution explores the mechanisms allowing you to incorporate user-generated content into navigational products and share this content with others—harnessing a user-base never before possible. Calder also explores how 3D-technology and real-time depth and weather information is creating interactive charting capacities that are fundamentally changing how we navigate. Calder's unique, practical insights will help you to navigate safely for years to come.

 

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Boatowner's Illustrated Electrical Handbook
Boatowner's Illustrated Electrical Handbook

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Boatowner's Illustrated Electrical Handbook

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Charlie Wing

Whether you take to the sea under power or sail, bounce around the bay in your runabout, or cross oceans in your cruiser, you’ll find everything you need to maintain, repair, and upgrade your boat’s DC and AC electrical systems with this comprehensive and fully illustrated guide. Tackle onboard electrical projects and learn how to: * Meet ABYC standards for both DC and AC wiring * Install solar- and wind-power systems * Add electrical components * Prevent corrosion of your electrical system . . . and more

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This Old Boat, 2nd Edition
This Old Boat, 2nd Edition

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This Old Boat, 2nd Edition
This Old Boat, 2nd Edition

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Don Casey

Since it first appeared in 1991, Don Casey’s This Old Boat has helped tens of thousands of sailors refurbish older fiberglass boats and has become a revered classic among boat rehabbers.This second edition is revised from first page to last with new information on electrical systems, diesel engines, refrigeration, resins, plumbing and more. Plus, more than 600 newly created illustrations enhance the book’s beauty as well as its utility.

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World Cruising Routes
World Cruising Routes

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World Cruising Routes
World Cruising Routes

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Jimmy Cornell

Since its publication in 1987, World Cruising Routes has become one of the best-selling nautical publications in the world. World Cruising Routes, and its companion volumes World Cruising Destinations, World Voyage Planner and Cornell’s Ocean Atlas, are to be found on board every long distance cruising yacht, and provide ocean navigators all the information they need, from the planning stages of a voyage to its successful completion.

Since 1987, offshore navigation has undergone a number of major changes, and this new edition has been thoroughly revised to meet the requirements and expectations of the current generation of offshore sailors. The revisions were dictated primarily by the information contained in the latest pilot charts, which required a rethinking of some old established route planning tactics, many of which are no longer valid. Another important change made in this edition is the addition of detailed waypoints on some well-travelled routes, as well as the inclusion of alternative routes leading to popular cruising destinations. Compared to previous editions, where the waypoints were listed mainly for planning purposes, in this new edition every waypoint along each route is listed, enabling the navigator to plot a course for any passage from start to finish. One new feature added to this edition is that of windgrams depicting a summary of wind conditions for the month when passages are undertaken along some of the most commonly sailed routes.
In direct response to current navigational methods, most routes have been redesigned to provide essential passage planning details. New routes have been added to areas rarely explored until recently by cruising yachts, from Greenland and Micronesia to China and the Northwest Passage.

Described as the bible of cruising sailors, World Cruising Routes is the definitive reference book for long-distance navigators. This totally revised and updated edition has drawn on the latest weather information available to provide the most comprehensive aid to planning a safe voyage to any part of the world. With over 1000 sailing routes in all the oceans of the world, from the tropics to the high latitudes of the Arctic and Antarctic, it contains essential information on winds, currents, regional and seasonal weather as well as optimum times for individual passages.
Geared specifically to the needs of offshore navigators, this comprehensive guide contains all the necessary information for planning a passage in any of the world’s oceans. This seventh edition assesses the consequences of climate change on sailing routes and provides over 6,000 waypoints to assist skippers in planning individual passages. Much of the information contained in the following pages was gathered during the author’s three circumnavigations. It is the perfect one-stop reference for planning a voyage anywhere in the world.

This is a companion volume to both World Voyage Planner, which offers invaluable planning strategies and advice on long-distance voyaging, as well as World Cruising Destinations, which gives practical information on all the maritime nations of the world with details of their main cruising attractions, climate, formalities, marinas, repair facilities, charter operators, cruising guides and websites.

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Gelcoat Restoration & Maintenance
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Gelcoat Restoration & Maintenance

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IS YOUR HULL HEALTHY?

Protecting your boats exterior is an absolute necessity, but it can be a time-consuming and muscle-straining job. But with Practical Sailors Gelcoat Maintenance you’ll save time, energy, and money by using the right products the right way.

In this detailed new publication every type of cleaner, wax, polisher, and restorer is tested (some for results up to 3 years!) and reviewed – the Practical Sailor way!

DID YOU KNOW?

- Wax offers little UV protection (regardless of these manufacturers claim!)

- There’s a good reason you should NOT use an acrylic coating on a new boat

- To scrub-away a waterline stain, find a cleaner with a low PH

- The best product to remove salt deposits is right in your kitchen cabinet

Plus, you’ll get a step-by-step regimen in topside maintenance that will keep your boat clean and shining, all for less than $50 a year in materials!

So keep your gelcoat in great shape, and stop wasting money on products that don’t do as advertised. Get this time (and money) saving publication today!

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Essential Marine Cleaners
Essential Marine Cleaners

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Essential Marine Cleaners

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KEEP HER CLEAN!

Mildew removers, bilge cleaners, metal polishers - the sheer number of supplies you need to keep your boat clean seems endless. But now, thanks to Practical Sailor’s Essential Marine Cleaners, you can keep your bronze burnished and your teak tip-top without spending a fortune on unnecessary cleaning products.

With this concise publication you’ll discover:

-Which bargain cleaner rated EXCELLENT on fiberglass, rubber, vinyl, and formica

-Why a 2-part teak cleaner should be used only when absolutely necessary

-What metal polisher works fast and easy on bronze and stainless

-How the right bilge absorber can be the most important gear on your boat

So don’t let grime and grunge, blood and beer, or coffee and ketchup keep your boat from sparkling. Learn how to keep her clean inside and out, by getting this special publication today!

SPECIAL OFFER! BUY 3 MARINE CLEANER PUBLICATIONS FOR THE PRICE OF 2! YOU GET ONE FREE! CLICK HERE!

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Specialty Marine Cleaners
Specialty Marine Cleaners

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Specialty Marine Cleaners
Specialty Marine Cleaners

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WHY YOU NEED TO SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF!

Your gelcoat is cleaned and waxed. Those nasty stains have been removed from your deck. And your bronze shines like new. Your boat is spotless – or is it?

How are your fenders looking? Is your vinyl beat-up? Are your ropes and rigging in good condition (and are they safe)? These items are often overlooked but go a long way in keeping your boat clean and protected. And with Practical Sailor’s Specialty Marine Cleaners you’ll learn why it’s not just your hull that needs to be kept clean.

Black Streaks?

There’s a cleaner that’s cheap and effective (and we’ll show you where to find it).

Clear Vinyl Need Attention?

If you’re using these common products you’re making things worse.

Got Grease?

This bargain de-greaser is the best of the bunch, and it’s in your hardware store!

Plus there’s a special section on the care and cleaning of your ropes (keep a pillowcase handy but DO NOT use bleach!) and sails (please don’t hang them to dry), as well as ratings and reviews of the newest “green” products.

So finish cleaning your boat the right way without breaking the bank. Order your copy of this unique publication today!

SPECIAL OFFER! BUY 3 MARINE CLEANER PUBLICATIONS FOR THE PRICE OF 2! YOU GET ONE FREE! CLICK HERE!

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Marine Cleaners - The Complete Series
Marine Cleaners - The Complete Series

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Marine Cleaners - The Complete Series
Marine Cleaners - The Complete Series

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Downloadable E-Book

Boating is one of life’s great pleasures, but owning a boat can also be a labor of love. The gelcoat needs polishing and waxing, teak decks need cleaning, ropes and sails need washing...these can eat-up a lot of time, and money!

But now with this incredible 3-part series from Practical Sailor you’ll learn how to minimize your work and maximize your dollar.

Volume One: Gelcoat Restoration & Maintenance

Reviews hull cleaners, polishes, and waxes, with test-results up to 3 years! Also includes a step-by-step guide on the best method to maintain your gelcoat.

Volume Two: Essential Marine Cleaners

Rates the most common (and uncommon) cleaners on the market for price and ease of use. Everything from deck cleaners to metal polishes to mildew (and barnacle!) removers. Plus, the ultimate guide to bilge cleaners and oil absorbers.

Volume Three: Specialty Marine Cleaners

Reviews the products that only a sailor would need – black streak removers, line, rope and rigging cleaners, degreasers, even waterspot removers. Also includes a special section on sail cleaning and care.

Using the right cleaners the right way will get you off the dock faster and back on the water (and isn’t that where you want to be?) So take advantage of this special offer and order this one-of-a-kind downloadable series today!

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Batteries
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Batteries
Batteries

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GPS, windlasses, refrigerators, laptops, Ipads and air conditioning. While these new technologies and gadgets make our sailing lives easier, they complicate our power needs. You now need to add and maintain batteries, alternators, monitors and accessories. And you need to do it right.

In Batteries from the ebook series Marine Electrical Systems, Practical Sailor’s editors review the choices you face when equipping your boat with additional battery power. From wet-cell, AGM and gel cell batteries to newer technologies like Lithium Ion this ebook gives you real-world evaluations and recommendations. You’ll learn:

-Which batteries match or exceed their stated capacities and what you should do extend their lives.
-The accessories you need to monitor your battery’s state.
-How to best locate and arrange your batteries.
-The best charging options – from alternators to solar to wind.
-Winter storage tricks.
-And much more!

More and more, sailboats need power. Let Practical Sailor show you how to properly outfit your boat.

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System Installation
System Installation

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System Installation
System Installation

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You can’t always avoid lightning, power surges and “hot” marinas. But if you outfit your boat properly and install your systems correctly, you can survive them and minimize the damage.

In System Installation, Grounding and Lightning Protection from the ebook series Marine Electrical Systems, Practical Sailor’s editors walk you through proper way to ground your electrical systems and the equipment and methods which work best. And which are outdated.

In this must-read ebook, you’ll learn how to protect your sailboat from expensive and life-threatening conditions. Topics covered include:

-Clarifying contradictory grounding advice.
-Ways to design and install – as well as check an existing – lightning protection system.
-How different metals act and react to salt water, current and each other.
-The truth about dissipators.
-A special section on wire and component care and maintenance.

Be sure you and your sailboat are properly protected from disaster . . . before it’s too late.

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Panels, Monitors, Charging
Panels, Monitors, Charging

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Panels, Monitors, Charging
Panels, Monitors, Charging

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Your sailboat has more and more devices aboard drawing power. Whether you’re looking to upgrade an older boat or improve the base equipment in a newer boat, your choices for instrumentation panels, inverters, battery monitors and accessories are seemingly endless. And the installation and repair process extremely confusing.

To help you safely navigate the sea of options Practical Sailor is pleased to publish its new ebook series, Marine Electrical Systems. In this volume, Panels, Monitors, Charging, you’ll learn:

-The top choices in small accessory electrical panels.
-How to handle the demand your new home-like creature comforts are placing on your power systems.
-Which battery chargers and monitors are best.
-Why you may want to consider upgrading your alternator.
-Professional advice on how to locate and install these devices and equipment.

Making smart upgrade decisions now will immediately make your boat safer, reducing the risk of fire or electrocution. As well as help you finance and insure the boat.

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For you, efficient power generation ranks right up there with an abundant supply of fresh water; without it, life is a real struggle. Today’s cruising boats are more energy-dependent than ever before. The adaptation of high-output alternators to marine use and the development of sophisticated, multi-stage regulation systems has gone a long way toward making energy-hungry conveniences possible. But what happens when the engine breaks down or the alternator fails? Or if you simply don’t want to run your engine? Will your life come to a screeching halt until repairs are made? Unless you have an alternative means of generating power, the answer may well be a resounding “Yes!”

Today, you have many more choices than ever. Different technologies, different performance, different esthetics – all at different prices.

To help you safely navigate the sea of options Practical Sailor is pleased to publish its new ebook series, Marine Electrical Systems. In this volume, Alternative Energy, you’ll learn:

-The pros and cons of both wind and solar power generation. And why you may want both!
-Why you need to consider more than just performance when looking at wind generators.
-Our solar panel choice if there’s a good chance it can be stepped on.
-The importance of solar panel regulators.
-How a $250 purchase can improve solar output by 30%.

Installing some alternative energy options on your boat is not only a cruising backup system but has the potential to save you money. Let Practical Sailor walk you through your options.

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What’s the single most dangerous thing you can do with your boat?

Some say “Pull into a dock and plug in.”

Combine AC, shore-based current with some stray DC current and you have a dangerous mix. And, in a marina, the problem is often difficult to see, isolate and remedy.

In Practical Sailor’s ebook, AC Systems, you’ll read about the confusing and conflicting debate over the best ways to solve this problem as well as smart ways to bring AC power aboard. AC Systems is a part of Practical Sailor’s new ebook series, Marine Electrical Systems.

So what can you do to safely power your electronics and other modern conveniences? In AC Systems you’ll learn:

-The pros and cons of galvantic isolators and isolation transformers.
-Why shorepower cords are the most overlooked maintenance item on a boat.
-Are smart-plugs worth the price?
-Advice for shorepower in foreign ports.
-Which gen-set stood out in our tests.
-Why we liked all 5 portable gas generators we reviewed but for different reasons.

Bring AC power aboard safely. And find out how to identify and fix deadly dangers ... before it’s too late.

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Electrical systems can be difficult to understand. You want to make the right decisions, but with the wide variety of options available, installing or fixing one can be a daunting task.

Now, with this new 5-part series from Practical Sailor, you’ll learn everything you need to know about electrical systems, including Batteries, System Installation, Panels, Monitors, Charging, Alternative Energy, and AC Systems.

Volume One: Batteries

In Batteries from the ebook series Marine Electrical Systems, Practical Sailor’s editors review the choices you face when equipping your boat with additional battery power. From wet-cell, AGM and gel cell batteries to newer technologies like Lithium Ion this ebook gives you real-world evaluations and recommendations.

Volume Two: System Installation

In System Installation, Grounding and Lightning Protection from the ebook series Marine Electrical Systems, Practical Sailor’s editors walk you through proper way to ground your electrical systems and the equipment and methods which work best. And which are outdated.

In this must-read ebook, you’ll learn how to protect your sailboat from expensive and life-threatening conditions.

Volume Three: Panels, Monitors, Charging, Alternative Energy, and AC Systems

Your sailboat has more and more devices aboard drawing power. Whether you’re looking to upgrade an older boat or improve the base equipment in a newer boat, your choices for instrumentation panels, inverters, battery monitors and accessories are seemingly endless. And the installation and repair process extremely confusing.

Volume Four: Alternative Energy

For you, efficient power generation ranks right up there with an abundant supply of fresh water; without it, life is a real struggle. Today’s cruising boats are more energy-dependent than ever before. The adaptation of high-output alternators to marine use and the development of sophisticated, multi-stage regulation systems has gone a long way toward making energy-hungry conveniences possible. But what happens when the engine breaks down or the alternator fails? Or if you simply don’t want to run your engine? Will your life come to a screeching halt until repairs are made? Unless you have an alternative means of generating power, the answer may well be a resounding “Yes!”

Volume Five: AC Systems

In Practical Sailor’s ebook, AC Systems, you’ll read about the confusing and conflicting debate over the best ways to solve this problem as well as smart ways to bring AC power aboard.

Take advantage of this special offer of the 5 part ebook series, Marine Electrical Systems. Get one volume FREE when you order the whole series now!

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