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Question Electrical Wiring Book for boats

I have an older 30ft S-2. I am looking for recommendations to buy a book
covering the subject of maintenance and repair electrical wiring on a boat. Also I plan on wiring my boat with a panel for AC for use when plugged into shore power and would like the book or another book that would cover information for that project. Any help would be appreciated. Calmharbor.
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Nigel Calder wrote it. I can't recall the name, someone else will chip in with that, but if you search Amazon for Nigel Calder you'll recognize it.
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Here it is.

Amazon.com: Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual: How to Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat's Essential Systems (9780071432382): Nigel Calder: Books
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Have this book and I like it. Also helpful is another small book called "12-Volt Bible" or something similar, that I find I use just as much. They are booth relatively inexpensive, and nice to have as they complement each other.
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Agree about the Nigel Calder book. I have not gone wrong with any book he wrote.
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Husband is a subsea electrical engineer, so he's particular about the information given out in books. The one book he hands down, whole heartedly recommends is Nigel Calder's, as previously mentioned.
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Calder's books are good but he throws a lot of information at you that you really don't need to know. Nice stuff, but as a beginner it can get overwhelming. By far the book I have recommended that gets the best nods from customers or friends is Charlie Wing's book.

Boatowner’s Illustrated—Electrical Handbook, Second Edition
By Charlie Wing


This book is the best book of you want to wire your boat to current ABYC standards. It is easy to understand and goes just deep enough to get you competent without overwhelming you.

If doing a re-wire you would be well served to obtain a copy of the ABYC E-11 standard plus Wing's book.
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