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0-07-146284-8 Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance

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By Don Casey
Date September 15, 2005
Format Hardback, 896 pages
ISBN 0071462848

Overview

The definitive guide from the world's best-known sailboat maintenance expert

Don Casey’s Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual combines six core volumes into a single, utterly dependable resource that answers every frequent question, explains every major system, and helps you keep your boat and its components shipshape.

More than 2,500 clear and detailed illustrations guide you step by step through every procedure. Casey’s technical virtuosity, his user-friendly explanations, and Peter Compton's diesel engine expertise make even the more complicated repairs and improvements easy to understand. This must-have guide saves you time, money, and grief as you learn the fastest, easiest, most effective ways to:

  • Evaluate the condition of your boat or one you’re about to purchase
  • Repair structural damage to your fiberglass sailboat
  • Improve or repair your sailboat’s electrical system
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and repair your boat’s diesel engine
  • Put a professional-looking finish on your boat’s hull, deck, spars, wood, and trim
  • Make and repair sails, sail covers, dodgers, awnings, sailbags, and bimini tops

Table of contents

Introduction
Inspecting the Aging Sailboat
Introduction
Hull
Deck
Rig
Interior
Engine and Steering
Electrical System
Other Considerations
Boat-Buyer's 30-Minute Survey
Appendix: Hiring aProfessional
Sailboat Hull and Deck Repair
Introduction
Leaks
Restoring the Gloss
Deck Repairs
Laminate Repair
Core Problems
Hull Repairs
Keel and Rudder Damage
Sailboat Refinishing
Introduction
The Basics
Inside the Cabin
Wood Finishes
Below the Waterline
Topsides and Deck
Finishing Touches
Sailboat Electrics Simplified
Introduction
Safety First
Understanding the Basics
Battery
Wire
Circuits
Troubleshooting
Charging Systems
Alternating Current
Heaven and Earth
Troubleshooting Marine Diesel Engines by Peter Compton
Introduction
Maintaining Your Diesel
Troubleshooting Marine Diesels
The Mechanical System
The Lubrication System
The Raw-Water Circuit
The Coolant Circuit
The Fuel System
The Intake and Exhaust System
The Electrical System
Controls and Instruments
Appendix: Diesel Engine Toolkit
Canvaswork and Sail Repair
Introduction
What You Need
Flat-Sheet Projects
The Pocket
The Bag
The Closed Box
Custom Canvas
Sail Repair
Index

Biographical note

Don Casey is the author of the universally praised This Old Boat, which has helped tens of thousands of boatowners turn their rundown production boats into first-class yachts. A regular contributor to SAIL and Good Old Boat magazines, he combines more than three decades of sailing, an innate curiosity, a knack for clarity, and an eye for the telling detail to deliver reliable expertise. He and his wife, Olga, cruise the Caribbean aboard their 35-year-old, much-modified Allied Seawind.

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The definitive guide from the world's best-known sailboat maintenance expert
Don Casey’s Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual combines six core volumes into a single, utterly dependable resource that answers every frequent question, explains every major system, and helps you keep your boat and its components shipshape.
More than 2,500 clear and detailed illustrations guide you step by step through every procedure. Casey’s technical virtuosity, his user-friendly explanations, and Peter Compton's diesel engine expertise make even the more complicated repairs and improvements easy to understand. This must-have guide saves you time, money, and grief as you learn the fastest, easiest, most effective ways to:

Evaluate the condition of your boat or one you’re about to purchase
Repair structural damage to your fiberglass sailboat
Improve or repair your sailboat’s electrical system
Troubleshoot, maintain, and repair your boat’s diesel engine
Put a professional-looking finish on your boat’s hull, deck, spars, wood, and trim
Make and repair sails, sail covers, dodgers, awnings, sailbags, and bimini tops

"Astoundingly clear text and line drawing illustrations. The reader can almost feel the hand-holding this book provides through each step of a repair."—Dockside
Don Casey is the author of the universally praised This Old Boat, which has helped tens of thousands of boatowners turn their rundown production boats into first-class yachts. A regular contributor to SAIL and Good Old Boat magazines, he combines more than three decades of sailing, an innate curiosity, a knack for clarity, and an eye for the telling detail to deliver reliable expertise. He and his wife, Olga, cruise the Caribbean aboard their 35-year-old, much-modified Allied Seawind.

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