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section - send us an e-mail with details of any book you can recommend -
if you have time to jot down a few details, so much the better, but even
just the title and ISBN number would be handy (you'll find it above the
barcode on most modern books and/or inside the front cover or first few
pages) and let's see if we can't collaborate to produce a really good
source of information here... we'll start it off...
Take The Mystery Out
Of Boat Maintenance by Lawrence A. Diamond - ISBN - 0 - 393 - 03335 - X
A useful and amusing volume, written by a professional refinisher
and restorer of pleasure craft, which covers most aspects of the topic
and very nicely too. There are plenty of drawings and , so that there
need be no confusion about which to buy if one wishes to emulate the
writer, products are named by brand.
Published by W.W. Norton & Co., in New York and London, Take The Mystery Out Of Boat Maintenance was offered as a Dolphin Book Club Main
Selection and is now available through Amazon, whose associates we are
proud to be.
The Boat Repair
Manual by George Buchanan - ISBN - 155992070X is a
large paperback, filled to capacity with practical advice, explanations,
drawings and diagrams. We found it very well written and helpful. If
able to have only one do-it-yourself boat book on board, this is very
likely the book we would select, since it covers pretty well every
aspect of the subject in some detail. Priced at US$24.95 on the cover.
Published by Gulf Publishing Company of Houston, London, Paris, Zurich
and Tokyo, we acquired our copy through Budget Marine, the
Caribbean chandlery chain at a slightly higher price than that
marked on the cover, to cover importation, it was definitely worth it.
Now here's a book that has, thus far, eluded our friends at Amazon!
We'll let you know if they find any copies...
|The 12 Volt Bible
For Boats by Miner Brotherton - ISBN - 0915160811
This paperback, published by Seven Seas Press/International Marine
in 1985 helped us a great deal to get to grips with the whole business
of 12v power aboard. it really is designed for those who know
nothing but would like to learn and are prepared to get to grips with
the whole subject if someone will just explain it simply.
We found it
made the subject clear and gave us the confidence to manage our own
troubleshooting after letting other people convince us, for far too
long, that it was a matter for the experts.
This is one of the books
that helped to convince us that one should learn how to do everything on
board oneself, not just the vital basics for safety, whether one intends
to do things oneself or hire others - ignorance is not bliss, in the
yachting world, it is potentially dangerous, frustrating and expensive.
Amazon have managed to source copies of The 12-Volt Bible For Boats
for those who have not already bagged themselves a copy elsewhere.
Planner - How To Make And Manage Electrical Energy On Board by Kevin
Jeffrey with Nan Jeffrey - ISBN 0915160633
Published by International Marine/Seven Seas/McGraw Hill in 1991
this, larger than medium, ¾" thick
paperback is packed with a potted education in the forms of energy
available to boats, the ways in which they work, how they can be
combined and what to look for when purchasing the different types of
Whether you are starting from scratch, re-fitting or
just trying to increase the efficiency of the system you have, this is a
very helpful book.
Unfortunately, Amazon haven't, thus far, managed to
source this book but we'll keep you posted if they find a copy or two...
Outboard Engines - Maintenance, Troubleshooting and Repair - Be Your Own Outboard Mechanic - by Edwin Sherman - ISBN - 0070578567
Our copy of this book was published in hardback, by International
Marine/Ragged Mountain Press in 1997. The captain says it gives a
reasonable general grounding but he also says he expected rather more of
it than he got, from the sub-title ' Be Your Own Outboard Mechanic',
since he already knew most of what was included in the book and had
rather hoped for some advanced tips and tricks drawn from the experts.
To sum up: if you are new to the world of outboard engines, this book
will help you to get a basic grounding and learn to maintain your
equipment properly as well as cope with most of the problems you are
likely to encounter. It is not an advanced mechanics manual, however.
Amazon have not been able to source copies of this
book so far and we rather hope you'll tell us about a better book on the
We have particularly
enjoyed, and still do, the series called The International Marine
So far we have acquired five of them and we'd love to collect them
all, however many there are - we paid the equivalent of about US$20 each
for them, in chandlers' stores and they have been really helpful.
are the best of their type we have seen - perfect for the beginner, the
technophobe, the amateur and, even the professional who can always
learn a new trick from other professionals...
Whether you plan to do jobs yourself or to acquire enough knowledge to
be able to tell whether the tradesmen you employ know what they are
doing or not, these books are an invaluable resource.
Sailboat Electrics Simplified by Don Casey - ISBN 0070366497
Like all the others in this series that we have acquired,
this book explains
things in simple terms that a total layman can understand and is
lavishly illustrated with explanatory diagrams and drawings.
We were so impressed by Don Casey's style in Sailboat Electrics Simplified that we went in search of more
of his titles.
Sailboat Hull & Deck Repair by Don Casey - ISBN 0070133697
Here is an excellent book, again illustrated step by
step, so that you can see exactly what is what. There are heaps of
excellent explanations and blow-by-blow accounts of how to do things
that we had previously imagined would be beyond our capacity to do.
Having Sailboat Hull and Deck Repair around has saved us lots of pennies for our cruising kitty over
the past few years!
Sailboat Refinishing by Don Casey - ISBN 0070132259
This book is packed full of very useful techniques,
drawings and explanations about the properties of different
coatings. Sailboat Refinishing starts right at the beginning, with the all-important
preparation and takes you through to first class finishes.
Canvaswork & Sail Repair by Don Casey - ISBN 0071333913
This one takes you, very cleverly, through a series of useful and
simple first projects, so that you have acquired all the techniques
you'll need and then shows you how to apply those techniques to what
appear more to be far more ambitious projects, to those who haven't
gained the grounding you have been given - again, Canvaswork And Sail Repair is a first class book,
full of step by step illustrations.
Troubleshooting Marine Diesels by Peter Compton - ISBN
This book has got us out of more than one tight spot, we kid you
not, and is also actually very useful as an aid to the prevention for
any need to troubleshoot - again, all is illustrated in detail, step by
step and the explanations in Troubleshooting Marine Diesels are excellent.
these books and others like them through Electronic Book World
|Canvas And Rope
Craft For The Practical Boat Owner by Frank Rosenow - ISBN 0229118046
This large, slim paperback was published by Adlard Coles Ltd., in
1987, and is a pleasure to peruse - lavishly illustrated with Frank
Rosenow's drawings, showing blow-by-blow how each technique is used.
Whether one is planning to take up these crafts or not, Canvas And Rope Craft is
worth having for the comprehensive grounding it offers in the whole
subject and for the pleasure of sharing the travels and experiences with
which the reader is regaled throughout the book.
|SAIL's Things That
Work - More Than 100 Sea-Tested Improvements For Your Boat -
Taken from the 'Things That Work' column of Sail Magazine the ideas
in this book are divided into three categories: Sailing Made Easier;
Sailing Made Safer and Sailing Made More Fun.
Most boat-owners will find at least some of these ideas very useful, not
necessarily because they will use them (although many have done so and
more doubtless will) but because they stimulate one to look again at
things one has been 'putting up with' and figure out ways to improve on
Our paperback copy was published by International Marine in
1994. Readers wishing to order a copy can, apparently, do so
by telephoning 1-800-822-8158 which is just as well because Amazon don't
appear to have any copies on offer!
Mechanical and Electrical Manual by Nigel Calder - ISBN 0713642912
Our copy of the 2nd edition of this large hardback manual was
published by Adlard Coles Nautical in 1996 and purchased in 1997.
means of possessing a lot of knowledge in a compact package it is handy
but seriously heavy - we would have preferred to see the book split into
two volumes, not re-organised in any way, just literally sold as an
inseparable two-volume set, Chapters 1 to 8 in the first and 9-16 in the
second, arranging the appendixes however desired - even leaving them
where they are, at the end of the 'second' book.
We would have preferred
it in paperback too since, to be brutally frank, the binding did not
continue to retain all of the pages firmly in place for long and the
hardback adds unnecessary weight. Nonetheless, we wouldn't part with the
version we've got, unless it were to be in exchange for the design we've
outlined - the contents are worth their weight... Amazon currently have several
copies of Boatowners' Mechanical and Electrical Manual available.
We'd love to hear about practical books
you have come across, to help those who want to tackle their own
repairs, maintenance or even major boat construction jobs...
If every reader tells us about just one book
(the more the merrier) all our readers will get to hear about books they
might not otherwise have known existed and had the chance to enjoy - why
not drop us a line, with at least the book's title, name of the author
and ISBN details, and preferably with your description of the reason you
feel the book is worthy of inclusion in the library... Don't wait to see if anyone else bothers - they may be
waiting to see if you do!