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Introduction Chapter 1. Propulsion Drivetrain Principle of the Diesel Engine Four-Stroke Diesel Cycle Yanmar 2GM Cylinder Block Piston Crankshaft Camshaft Cylinder Head Timing Gear Housing Flywheel Housing Valve Cover Air Intake and Breather Fuel System Primary Fuel Filter Fuel Lift Pump Secondary Fuel Filter Fuel Injection Pump Fuel Metering Fuel Injectors Lubrication System Lubricating Pump Seawater Cooling System Freshwater Cooling System Freshwater Thermostat Seawater Pump Freshwater Pump Heat Exchanger Starter Motor Transmissions Yanmar KM2-A Two-Shaft Reduction and Reverse Gear Planetary-Type Transmission Cutless Bearings Shaft Couplings Drivesaver Stuffing Boxes Rigid Stuffing Box Flexible Stuffing Box Shaft Seals Propellers Fixed Propellers Folding Propellers Two-Blade, Feathering Max-Prop Three-Blade, Feathering Max-Prop Automatic, Variable-Pitch Autoprop Chapter 2. Steering and Controls Cables and Controls Powerboat Controls Outboard Mechanical Steering Single-Station Hydraulic Dual-Station Hydraulic Outboard Hydraulic Steering Sailboat Steering Pedestals Rack-and-Pinion Pedestal Linkage Twin-Rudder Rack-and-Pinion Pedestal Linkage Chain-and-Wire Drives Radial and Quadrant Drives Forward-Mounted Rack-and-Pinion Steering Autopilots Servopendulum Windvane Magnetic Compass Chapter 3. Standing Rigging Wire and Fittings Wire Rope Swaged Fittings Swageless Fittings Rigging Terminology Masthead Rig Fractional Rig Rig Tuning Chapter 4. Line Handling Rope Splices Long Splice Short Splice End Splice Eye Splice Wire Rope Eyes Eye Splice in Double-Braid Coiling and Cleating Knots Reef (Square) Knot Sheet Bend Bowline Bowline on a Bight Clove Hitch Two Half Hitches Tautline Hitch Rolling Hitch Trucker's Hitch Becket Hitches Stopper Knot and Heaving Line Knot Anchor Bend Block and Tackle Sail Control Systems Cunninghams Self-Tacking Jibs and Staysails Mainsheets Outhauls Mainsail Jiffy Reefing Spinnaker Controls Travelers Boom Vangs Winches Roller Furling Chapter 5. Ground Tackle Moorings Anchor Windlass Anchors Lightweight Plow Bruce Kedge Grapnel Snubbers and Shock Absorbers Anchoring Single Anchor Two Anchors off the Bow Bahamian Moor Mediterranean Moor Retrieving the Anchor Chapter 6. Electrical DC Circuits A Common DC Circuit DC Grounding Batteries Battery Construction Series and Parallel Connections Measurement Units Optimal Fast Charging of Batteries Galvanic Corrosion Cathodic Protection and Bonding Stray-Current Corrosion Bonding Bonding or Grounding? To Bond or Not to Bond? AC Circuits Grounding and Safety Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) Alternators A Rotary-Current Generator Increasing Current Output Three-Phase Output Converting AC to DC Controlling the Alternator The Rotor A Real Rotor Volvo MD31A Alternator Chapter 7. Plumbing Pumps Centrifugal Pump Flexible Impeller Pump Vane Pumps Diaphragm Pumps Whale Flipper Pump Mk. 4 Whale V Pump Mk. 6 Whale Babyfoot Pump Mk. 2 Whale Gusher Galley Mk. 3 Jabsco Par-Mate Electric Diaphragm Pump Water Systems Raritan GMPT Galley Mate Pump Assembly Marine Toilets The LectraSan MC Raritan PHII Marine Toilet PHII Electric Conversion Kit Valves Tapered-Plug Seacocks Expanding-Plug Seacocks Ball-Valve Seacocks Y-Valves Refrigeration Condenser Evaporator Controls Adler Barbour Cold Machine Diesel Stove and Heater Dickinson Fuel Metering Valve LP Gas Installations Index

About the Author

Charlie Wing received his Ph.D. in oceanography from MIT, where he later worked as a research scientist. Since then his career has been explaining how things work--teaching physics at Bowdoin College, founding America's first two do-it-yourself house-building schools (the Shelter Institute and Cornerstone), hosting a PBS series on energy conservation, and writing a dozen top-selling books on home building, home maintenance, and remodeling. Wing lived aboard a cruising sailboat for six years, during which time he wrote the first edition of this book on a solar-powered Macintosh computer. He is the author of four other IM books.

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