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Inspecting the aging sailboat
Casey, Don.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Camden, Me. : International Marine, [1997]

Physical Description:
141 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
VM351 .C327 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
VM351 .C327 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Step by step, picture by picture, here is a complete reference on evaluating the condition of fiberglass sailboats using common sense and proven advice rather than complicated methodology. Current owners will find out how to prioritize maintenance tasks or prepare a boat to sell, while prospective owners will learn how to find good value and avoid pitfalls. Surveying a boat conjures an image of complex diagnostics using moisture meters and ultrasound. But premier boating writer Don Casey shows that, most of the time, owners and shoppers can learn what they need to know by rapping, poking, looking, and listening. Hull, deck, rig, interior, engine, electrical system--all are covered in a lavishly illustrated format. Casey also guides readers through the process of hiring a professional surveyor, but it won't often be necessary. Whether maintaining or shopping, readers can save hundreds, even thousands, of dollars in survey fees with the help of this peerless guide.

Author Notes

Don Casey is one of today's best and most trusted do-it-yourself boating writers.

Table of Contents

Surveying a Boat for Purchase
Determining the Needs of Your Own Boat Hull Fair and True?
Signs of Stress or Trauma Delamination Gelcoat Problems
Blisters Moisture Content Keel Rudder Cutless
Bearings and Propeller Through-Hull Fittings Deck Hull-to-Deck
Joint Surface Damage Nonskid Core Problems
Hatches Portlights Deck Hardware Canvas Rig Mast and Boom Step Cap
Spreaders Goosenecks, Sheets, and Vangs Stays and Shrouds Roller Furling Sails'
Interior Bulkhead Attachment Stringers and Floors
Interior Pans Distortion Signs of Leakage Tankage Head Galley
Seacocks Bilge Pumps Comfort and Safety Decor Engine and Steering Engine
Access Visual Clues Mounting and Alignment Stuffing Box
Exhaust Smoke Running the Engine Oil Steering Gear Electrical System
Battery Breaker Panel Wire and Connectors Alternator Pumps and Motors
Lights Electronics Other Considerations Design Reputation Performance
Accomodations Equipment Value Boat-Buyer's 30-Minute
Survey Hull Deck Rig Below Impression
Appendix: Hiring a Professional Index