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Below is a cut and paste of a section of ABYC website. Considering your goal, this seems like a good place to start.
Boatowner''s Illustrated Handbook of Wiring
Charlie Wing''s book is a user-friendly manual for on-board electrical projects, from fixing loose connections to rewiring your boat. The author de-mystifies the wiring of sail and power boats. DC and AC wiring materials and techniques are all covered, as are batteries, alternators, inverters, generators, corrosion control, and alternate energy installations (solar, wind and water). There are detailed instructions for wiring marine electronics and dozens of weekend projects such as installing cabin and navigation lights, burglar alarms, battery charge indicators, bilge alarms and much more. This 320 page hard bound book contains 450 illustrations.
Price: $26.95/Member; $29.95/Non-member (plus $6 shipping; Additional shipping fees will be charged for orders outside the U.S.; Maryland residents please add 5% sales tax.