Okay, so one of your questions might be "Who's Ed"? My name is Ed Sherman and I'm an award winning author of many magazine articles for publications like Cruising World, Boating, Soundings, Professional Boat Builder and Sailing World. I've also authored four trade books titled: Outboard Engines, Maintenance, Troubleshooting and Repair, The Powerboater's Guide to Electrical Systems, The 12 Volt Bible For Boats and Advanced Marine Electrics and Electronics Troubleshooting. Most recently, I've co-authored a new text book with one of my long time editors, Tim Murphy entitled Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology. This new book will be available through the ABYC at the end of June, 2012.
I've been referred to as a "marine systems guru" by some of my editors over the years, and have served as a Boat Of The Year judge for Cruising World for several years. In addition to my trade writing endeavors, I serve as the Director of Educational Programming for the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC). I have designed all of the industry certification programs that the ABYC currently offers. In addition, I've created and delivered customized training programs for the US Navy, US Coast Guard and NOAA dealing with issues related to their small boat fleets. If you're not familiar with the ABYC, you should be, we write the engineering Standards to which most boats are built today. You should check out the ABYC website, where you can learn more about me and the organization. Simply click here: ABYC to find out more.
I'm a nearly 40 year industry insider who loves to share what he has learned with other boaters'. This site is ultimately going to grow into quite a resource for boaters, both power and sail, as I add blog posts on a variety of marine systems related topics. So be sure to return on a regular basis to see what's new.
Finally, I'm offering a free service to boaters, technical question Q & A. If I don't know the answer to your marine systems related question, odds are I know someone who does and I'll get you connected. simply register on my home page and send in your question. If I can't answer it, odds are I can get you connected with someone who can. Understand that some questions may end up as part of an upcoming blog. Good questions sometimes need to be shared with everyone!