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Answer me this ( a book question )

Say your floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on a log raft that is tired together with the hairs off your back.

Floating to your port is all the electronics & appliances you could ever want, Floating to starboard is all the material you'll ever need, sinking off your bow amonst a herd of man eating sea monkeys are two books;

" Boatowners Mechanical & Electrical Manual " by Nigel Calder,

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" Sailboat Electrics Simplified " by Don Casey

You only have time to grab one before you're ravaged by these snorkling little monkeys

Which one do you grab ????
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I'd grab Nigel's.
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Trick Question! If your floating on a log raft you won't need the info contained in either. But if I HAD to, I'd take Boatowners Mechanical & Electrical Manual.

If you had givin a choice for Boatowner's Illustrated Electrical Handbook by Charlie Wing, then it'd be a harder choice.
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I'd have to vote for Nigel Calder's...
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Does either book have anything on detox? You need something to remove those snorkling monkeys from your vision. After that they may help with DIY mid-ocean raft construction and maintenance.
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Nigel Calder's book is a great book and I have it. But it doesn't go deep enough into the electrical side of things for me. Reading it, I still had a lot of questions without answers.
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Another vote for Nigel

I've got both -- and would go for Nigel's first if I had to choose. Both cover electrics fairly well, but with Calder's you get all the other info as well.

Like an earlier response, neither one of them is the be-all end-all that will answer all of the mysteries of the universe (or in this case electrics, which at times can be mysterious enough for me.) However, Calder's is just as easy to follow as Casey's and it does go into the subject a little deeper.

Best of luck with those monkeys -- be careful, THEY BITE!!!
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I'd probably lean towards Calder's book. It's 832 pages vs. 176 pages so there would be more reading to pass the time and I could use the extra pages to possibly seal holes in the raft. I wouldn't have to worry too much about the seaworthiness of the raft though. If it's tied together using the hairs off my my back it's strong!
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Does either come in hardback for swatting dead the little bastard seamonkies?
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I'd probably lean towards Calder's book. It's 832 pages vs. 176 pages so there would be more reading to pass the time and I could use the extra pages to possibly seal holes in the raft. I wouldn't have to worry too much about the seaworthiness of the raft though. If it's tied together using the hairs off my my back it's strong!
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