Links to other resources

  • Bill Darden's Battery FAQ provides a host of information, and has a whole section on deep cycle batteries. There's more stuff here than you can imagine.

Sailboat Electrics Simplified book cover Sailboat Electrics Simplified by Don Casey

I spent my childhood playing with electricity, but most people find it pretty mysterious. You generally can't smell it, see it, or hear it (and please don't try tasting or touching it). How do you know what it's doing?

Don Casey has written a good guide for the novice electrician that's especially tuned for the sailboat owner who wants his electrical gear to work reliably. If your boat lights are flickering, maybe you should consult this book.

Offshore Sailing book cover Offshore Sailing by Bill Seifert with Daniel Spurr

We went to a Windjammers lecture to hear Bill Seifert and I was impressed enough to buy the book on the spot. I've heard a lot of people talk about ways to improve a boat, but I've never heard one person suggest so many good ideas that I hadn't considered. Part of the charm is the specificity of the suggestions. Everyone says you should secure your floorboards, hatchboards and batteries. Bill shows good suggestions on how to do so.

The suggestions are very practical for the do-it-yourselfer, too. Many show how to make or adapt inexpensive solutions. Tip #12 on closing the deck blower vents is one that will pay off for me without ever going offshore. I'll implement that one to stop the wintertime storms from finding their way belowdecks.

Besides modifications, the book also includes advice for operating offshore, cooking, boat selection, dealing with bureaucracy, and more.

Bill Seifert has worked at Tartan, TPI, and Alden Yachts. He's a veteran of many Marion-Bermuda races and now runs his own yacht management company. His tips are born of experience--not of book-learning--and it shows. He obviously knows his stuff.

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