Mike Westin is a professional boating journalist, which is reflected in the clarity of the writing. He is also a very experienced sailor which shows in his depth of understanding of the subject. This is not a text book but like many in this series it is intended to help people in a very practical way.
Although the lure of the book is the money saved by doing it yourself, this would also be a very useful book for anyone undertaking an upgrade to their electrical system even when they are paying somebody else to do it.
The layout is logical, clear and aided by good illustrations and is deliberately light on theory but there is enough to get by. The narrative helpfully follows his workings on his own boat’s electrical system, a Vancouver 28 built from a kit in 1977. The pictures of its original electrical system show the extent of the challenge he faced, though I suspect they are pictures many of us would recognise with some discomfort. Tellingly, some of his motivation for writing the book was his experience of finding it hard to get simple non-contradictory advice.
In summary the lessons learned are:
Know your limitations / Get help when you need it / Invest in good equipment / Buy only what you need.
There is more, good advice as the book takes us from equipment to cables, batteries, chargers, inverters etc. The only short-fall of the book was, in my opinion, a rather limited index but, that said, at only 127 pages you can find what you are looking for fairly quickly.
One of the attractions of the book is its narrative style. My favourite quote is “Instead of waxing and buffering the hull (I) spent that money on a good quality charger”. Who could disagree with that?