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Since the existing system was patently not to ABYC guidelines, I wanted to make sure the new one was. Insurance companies want regular surveys of classic (i.e., old fiberglass) boats, with an emphasis on mechanical and electrical systems meeting ABYC standards. Unfortunately, compliance comes at a price. Unless you pony up $250 for ABYC membership, a copy of Standard E-11AC and DC Systems on Boatswill set you back $195, but unless youre installing your own AC shore-power system I see no reason to get the checkbook out. Skinflints will be pleased to know that much of the essential information can be found for free on the Blue Sea Systems Web site (www.bluesea.com). Nigel Calders Boatowners Mechanical and Electrical Handbook is much more detailed and is an essential companion for anyone who does his own electrical work. The Coast Guard has federal requirements on its Web site (uscgboating.org).