I have seen people here recommend books on buying a used sailboat. I did a search, but can't find the recommendations. So can anyone recommend a book that might be helpful in my search for a used sailboat?
Thanks Manatee. How to buy. I am interested in things like "whether boats have a shelf life" and where older boats might fail. I know there are many variables involved, but are there some fiberglass boat from the 70's that you still might get 10 or 15 years more use from? I know components will need to be replaced or upgraded, but will the hull, keel and mast etc. withstand the passing of time?
There's no shortage of opinion on what constitutes the "best" old boat; but the question really is "what's the best boat for me?". Don Casey does a good job of describing how to figure out what your best boat is in This Old Boat (another good book of his).I know components will need to be replaced or upgraded, but will the hull, keel and mast etc. withstand the passing of time?
I have an older version of the practical sailor's guide (hard bound books) and found it marginally helpful. It was interesting reading none the less and did have some very good info. I also have the surveying fiberglass boats but find Don Casey's book much better, more readable and better explanations as well as better illustrations. But it is not really a fair comparison as I find Don's writing style to be clear and provides good explanations and his illustrator is great.