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What I've found having dozens of boat books and having given as many away is that I learn something different from each one even if they go over the same territory. Any here are some of the references I go back to often, not to read but to look up stuff. Many are out of print.
Nigel Calder's books- Boatowners Mechanical and Electrical M<annual and his Cruising Handbook. They’re Comprehensive and up to date
Don Moyers book on the Atomic 4- Get it from his website. Indispensible for if you have one of these engines.
Chilton Mechanics Handbook Volume 2 (out of print) A handy reference to have for basic techniques on engine rebuilding especially for Atomic 4 rebuilds.
The Warm Dry Boat by McAfee is hand if you’re redoing a ventilation system. Good thumb rules etc.
The Riggers Apprentice by Toss Overkill but nothing you can’t find there
Boatowner’s Illustrated Handbook of Wiring by Wing Great overall coverage with ABYC standards
The Complete Book of Anchoring and Miooring by Hinz Dated but the only complete reference out there.
Fiberglass Boat and Repair & Maintenance book 002-550 from the WEST System. Available on-line as well. The reference for fiberglass boat work
The Propeller Handbook by Gerr Too much detail for most but the most complete reference on boat power and propeller calculations
Inspecting the aging sailboat by Casey
Safety Preparations for Cruising by Hood
Ready for Sea by Mosenthal Dated but a book of handy checklists
U.S. Edition of ISAF Special regulations governing Offshore and Oceanic Eqiupment and Preparation
The On-board Emergency Handbook by Meisel A handy book especially for newbies. Only one like it I know of.
Short Handed Sailing by Buchanan Handy reference for couples who sail
Weather for the Mariner Kotsdch
Weather predicting simplifies Carr
Two Years Before the Mast by Dana also a must read for Californians
American Small sailing Craft by Chapelle
Fatal Storm by Mundel An account of the Sydney Hobart race. Unbelievable read before planning a long ocean voyage.
Offshore by Illingsworth Cruising manual in the 50’s for nostalgics