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11-24-2010 03:33 PM
seashine 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 :-)
11-22-2010 10:37 AM
TintedChrome Another great one..

Spurr's Boatbook: Upgrading the Cruising Sailboat
11-22-2010 07:26 AM
Allanbc
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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.
You can never go wrong with a good plan!
11-22-2010 05:03 AM
seaparrot 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.
11-21-2010 12:09 PM
jrd22 All of Calder's books.
11-21-2010 11:52 AM
LakeSuperiorGeezer Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair by Nigel Calder. All of Nigel Calder's books are very technical. This book goes into detail about specific problems encountered in marine applications for the diesel engine plus instruction on just about all aspects of engine work including bearing and piston problems an automotive machinist wound encounter. If a person is handy with tools, this book and the engine maintenance manual (shop manual) specific to the engine in your boat would allow a person to do a complete rebuild. The only thing I could ad is the requirement of absolute cleanliness of engine and parts when doing engine assembly, as dirt half the thickness of a sheet of paper will imbed in bearings and cause accelerated wear.
11-21-2010 11:37 AM
LakeSuperiorGeezer Boatworks, Sailboat Maintenance, Repair, and Improvement Advice You Can't Get Anywhere Else, compiled by the Editors of Sail Magazine. This book is simpler than some. Nice pictures.
11-21-2010 09:44 AM
schoolmarm
Don Casey's books

From a female perspective, his books are easily understood. I've used a number of his over the years. Good luck... If you want a little refresher to keep on board about sailing.. I still think Sailing for Dummies is one of the best.
11-21-2010 09:37 AM
jephotog Don Casey is definitely the king of this genre. I have a bunch of his books.

Ferenc Mate wrote a book called shipshape that also describes a lot of the same thing in this old boat. I find it handy to have two sources, with two descriptions of the same technique to have a full understanding of how to go about it. Either that or I really like having a lot of books.
11-21-2010 09:22 AM
bljones Ditto on "This Old Boat"
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