This is the best Marine Electronics Forum on the internet, it's yours! Are you looking for good advice about sailboats and yacht electronic equipment and systems? Why not invest in one of my sailing yacht books? It will save you money and valuable time. All you need to know about your sailing yacht or trawler yacht and motor yacht systems.
From marine electrical and electronics systems to plumbing and sail handling, this is the place to find it.
So where do you start? There is a lot to know. I get asked regularly about what is the problem, and more importantly and how to fix a problem. I am a yacht owner and that’s why I have published a dozen books to tell you all that you need to know about how to take care of your sailboats and yacht systems.
My name is JOHN C PAYNE, and many of you may already have one of my books on marine electrical and electronics systems (The recently published Marine Electrical and Electronics Bible now in it’s 4th Edition) or perhaps one of the many other books on sailboats and yacht systems.
I am not an armchair expert, but a qualified and practicing marine electrician and engineer, and a marine surveyor. I do this for a living, and also I sail and cruise my own yacht for fun! I have built, lived aboard and cruised several yachts and the chances are that your problems have been my own. Let this website help you with the boat forum! Thousands of people input with answers to problems.
What is your yacht problem? If you know what the problem is then you are halfway towards finding the right solution. Why not choose from one of my many books to help you fix your problems. Here are some hot topics for the boat-forum:
GPS How to get the best from you GPS
Interference How to locate and eliminate that annoying radio noise
This is just a fraction of the 3000 plus questions that were posted, and it is hoped that this NEW Marine Electronics forum and bulletin board does the same.
The Marine Electronics Forum is also a great place to look for spare parts that are hard to find, share your problems and experience with others, ask questions, share stories and more about my books and related topics and a lot more. Create your own web page every time you submit an article and include great low resolution images as well. Use the Boat Forum as your own website.
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Boat electronics, GPS, fishfinders, interference, radios problems and issues? need someone to try and help resolve them? Then use this forum and maybe someone can help.
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