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Old 11-22-2010
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Originally Posted by seaparrot View Post
Many thanks! I am getting the general idea that Casey's writing is a little more accessible, so I'll start there. I've requested the new edition of This Old Boat, with a mental note to spend some time with Calder next.
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Another great one..

Spurr's Boatbook: Upgrading the Cruising Sailboat
s/v Tinou
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I can't imagine mastering the skills involved here without a clearer understanding of who's going to be impressed.
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Ditto Calder's book - it's all in there bar the actual hull. So when you know what the hull and deck material will be, get a book specifically about that material and how to repair it! If it's timber or ply then the $6.55(AU) spent on the WEST SYSTEM's book "Wooden boat restoration and repair" will be worth 1000s to you :-) I also recommend "Ready to Sail" by Ed Mapes as a useful read prior to buying a yacht, as it will help focus your mind on things to look for and also to look out for in your new boat. We made a checklist using his end of chapter lists (plus our own stuff, it's not c-o-m-p-l-e-t-e-l-y comprehensive): this made comparing different yachts a cinch. You wouldn't need it on board though, whereas Nigel Calder's book and something about your hull/deck material definitely deserve shelf space :-)
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