Residential breaker panels often have a neutral grounding wire connection, this should never be done on a boat. Circuit breakers need to be ignition protected marine breakers. You've already been told about the wire. Use only wire marked UL 1426 Boat Cable.
Nigel's book is great and there are others just as good.
Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual, by Nigel Calder
The 12 Volt Bible, by Miner K Brotherton and Ed Sherman
Boating Magazine's Powerboater's Guide to Electrical Systems by Ed Sherman
Sailboat Electrical Systems, Don Casey, 1999 International Marine
Boatowner's Illustrated Handbook of Wiring, by Charlie Wing
Your Boat's Electrical System, by Conrad Miller and E. S. Maloney
Managing 12 Volts, Harold Barre 1997 Summer Breeze Publishing
Also see http://newboatbuilders.com/pages/elect.html
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