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Sailboat Electrics Simplified by Don Casey
Reviewer: Gerald Siu from New York, New York
An outstanding book. I myself knew absolutely nothing about electricity when I first bought this book - although obviously it didn't make me an expert, it nonetheless taught me what I needed to know to start modifying my boat's electrical systems. I admit that I am biased - Don Casey is one of my favorite sailing authors - but if you are a novice and need to upgrade your boat's electrics, this is the book to get.

Sailboat Hull and Deck Repair by Don Casey
Reviewer: A reader from Cedar Ridge, California
This is an excellent book for someone who knows nothing about fiberglass boat repair. It starts off with a brief discussion of the three major sealant types (polysulfide, polyurethane and silicone) and when to use each. Other sections cover the different types of resin, epoxy choices, etc. etc. Excellent information when trying to decide which of the gazillion products to purchase in the boating catalogs. Major sections include Leaks (finding and fixing, installing deck hardware), Restoring the Gloss (polishing and scratch repair), Deck Repairs (stress cracks, voids, nonskid surfaces, and teak decks), Laminate Repair (fiberglass layup, types of resins, epoxy), Core Problems (wet core, stiffening), Hull Repairs (gouges, blisters, impact damage), Keel and Rudder Damage (centerboard pivots, weeping keels, etc.) This little book is not afraid to tackle big projects--the Core Problems section for example shows the repair of a huge 2-foot diameter section of rotted core. The book makes it sound easy, but I'd rather not think about that much work. The section on gelcoat--what it is, how it is manufactured, and how to keep it looking good as long as possible--is by itself worth the price of the book.

Sailboat Refinishing by Don Casey
Reviewer: mdwyer17 from Chesapeake Bay
Another crystal clear Don Casey book. Explains painting, varnishing, surface prep, brushes, solvents, sanding, basic gelcoat, fixing small blisters, painting the mast, applying the name, fixing non-skid surfaces, fixing crazing and alligatoring, and bottom painting. If I screw it up now, it won't be Casey's fault :)!

Inspecting the Aging Sailboat by Don Casey
Reviewer: Brad Shinn (see more about me) from Seattle, Washington
I used this book in combination with another to really understand the boat systems and make an informed judgement. Are those cracks in the gelcoat serious? How do I know if the tiller attachment is a weak design? Casey helps you understand how to make a judgement about critical components from a novice/lay point of view. I found the book a very good resource.

This Old Boat by Don Casey
Reviewer: Conrad B. Senior from Easton, Conneticut
I think I have over a hundred books on sailing and boating. "This Old Boat" is my most recent addition, which I bought simultaneously with another of Casey's books "Sailboat Hull and Deck Repair". I consider them to be two of the most important books for sailors that are boat owners.
One can take two routes with boats, buying new and paying a fortune, or going the inexpensive route and doing the work yourself. There is something to be said for each. I'm a sailor, I don't like working on boats. I had my fill as a child working on my Dad's boat. Nevertheless, I'm presently engaged in refitting an awesome older boat to modern standards. I love every bit of it.
Casey's books are essential references for me. I've managed to pick things up from magazines and working on other boats over the years, but I still found these books not only insightful and powerful motivators for me. One job that I have been reluctant to do, a deck modification project has suddenly become do-able for me. Reading his book made it clear to me that these jobs are not as hard as they first seem to be. It is difficult to cut up a nice looking deck, but if you plan the project right, you can transform your deck layout for single-handed sailing, fix a de-lamination problem and a multitude of deck leaks all at one time.
I strongly recommend this book and his Sailboat Hull and Deck Repair

Surveying Fiberglass Sailboats: A Step-by-Step Guide for Buyers and Owners by Henry C. Mustin
Reviewer: Brad Shinn from Seattle, Washington
I used this and another, more detailed book, to complete my own survey on an inexpensive boat with a measure of confidence. I felt that I could gauge the safety and useability of all the major systems of the boat within it safe, does it work properly, etc.
I didn't always understand the why behind some analyses, but the average person can easily use the book to a) perform a basic survey on an inexpensive boat, or b) winnow the acceptable from the unaccptable before paying a professional to complete a thorough survey.

Canvaswork and Sail Repair by Don Casey
Book Description
The skills required for top-notch canvaswork are astonishingly few, and canvas's potential to protect your boat and enhance your enjoyment of it is practically limitless. Here is all you need to tackle virtually any canvaswork project: sails and sailcovers, flags, dodgers, ditty bags, cushion covers, and awnings--including Biminis. It's clean, safe, and risk-free--and you'll save a bunch of money and get exactly what you want in the process.

The Big Book of Boat Canvas: A Complete Guide to Fabric Work on Boats by Karen S. Lipe, Cynthia Taylor Dax (Illustrator)
Reviewer: sailcapt from Seattle, Washington
This is an excellent book for the aspiring canvasworker. Covers everything from the basics of tools and materials to step by step directions for projects of all sorts. You can save a fortune by doing canvas work for yourself, and this is a great way to get started. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

The Complete Canvasworker's Guide: How to Outfit Your Boat Using Natural or Synthetic Cloth by Jim Grant
Reviewer: sailcapt from Seattle, Washington
One of the better canvas making guides out there. I have already made several projects from the book, They are well laid out and easy to follow. A must own for the DIY canvas people

Sailmaker's Apprentice by Emiliano Marino, Christine Erikson (Illustrator)
Reviewer: A reader from Sausalito, California
This book shows you the way to build sails the old fashioned way, although some of the techniques shown are not really the way they were built in the "old days". It has lovely illustrations and and clear instructions on how to make sails with an eye on the craftsmanship of the past. The modern world of computer-designed and cut sails has no place here! If you are a novice and want this book to learn the art and craft of modern sailmaking, the book is not for you, as the construction details shown are needlessly complicated and redundant. Modern sails are actually easier to build than most of the techniques shown in this book, and most of today's sailmakers do not build sails using the book's methods. There are other books on how to make sails that are better and easier, but this is a great book for those who like the old ways of doing things. Nice photos and instructions on how to repair sails, and good basic advice for sailors who want to try their hand at a bit of palm-and-needle work. The author is holding onto the old way of designing and building sails, but has neglected alot of modern advances in the art of sailmaking. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

The Complete Rigger's Apprentice: Tools and Techniques for Modern and Traditional Rigging by Brion Toss, Des Pawson, Larry Pardey
Reviewer: A reader from Syracuse, New York
A great book. This work, aimed at the beginner, teaches a way of THINKING about ropes and rigging. Thus, it has many varied chapters on, e.g., forces, knots, rigging principles, and one very characteristic chapter which starts with "Like all arts, rigging is an attempt to finesse coherence out of ornery chaos, and the strangest things can save the day." There are lots of examples and illustrations, more than enough for your usual weekend sailor. The primary virtue of the work is that it demystifies all this rope and wire-work, and gives the practical sailor the thinking and doing skills to tackle the job. Of course, not everything is in the book, and a few typos creep in. You should probably not base the rerigging of your China Clipper exclusively on one of his chapters, just as you should probably not read "10 Easy Steps to Self-Defense" and then initiate a punch-up in your local dojo. This would be contrary to the prudence and think-thru-itiveness that Toss preaches.
There is even a chapter full of silly rope tricks to impress the younger generation. Rigger's Apprentice provides a mountain of useful information, then provides pointers to those who wish to go further into this fascinating practical art. I defy you to read this book, and not prop it up somewhere with a piece of string in hand, trying out some knot that Brion Toss is championing. It will convince your significant others that you really are going off the deep end with this sailing thing.

Understanding Rigs and Rigging by Richard Henderson, Ted Brewer
Reviewer: J. Mark Lane from Mamaroneck, New York
I have a fairly large collection of sailing books, and this is one of the few that has become worn from use. I guess I've probably read the whole book at least five times, reading and re-reading various chapters as questions occur to me. The book is surprisingly readable, given what could be an overly technical or difficult subject area. It's a very practical little guide book. For anyone who is thinking about, or trying to understand, the rigging of small sailboats (I mean, say, under 100 feet), this is a very good book to have. Highly recommended. Mark Lane

The Splicing Handbook: Techniques for Modern and Traditional Ropes, Second Edition by Barbara Merry, John Darwin (Contributor)
Reviewer: Brian A. Glennon from South Boston, Massachusetts
The Splicing Handbook is simply one of the best reference works for the working rope splicer and professional rigger. Barbara Merry has provided an excellent book to review rusty skills, to learn a new splice, and as a convenient compendium of splice history to settle any shipyard, boatyard, or construction site argument on how to splice a specific configuration of rope. Ms. Merry is held in high esteem for producing a book on the most difficult technique of rope work - making a proper end termination! Good for her!!

The Arts of the Sailor: Knotting, Splicing and Ropework by Hervey Garrett Smith
Reviewer: A reader from Minnesota
This book is a great introduction to all the arts and projects of seamen around the world. The author provides history as well as directions for each of the projects he presents.
Topics included in this book are knotting and rope-work (everything from functional to decorative); seamsmanship (for garments as well as heavier items like sails); leather working; and many others.
This book is a must for anyone bound on a sailing journey or for those just interested in the crafts practiced to fill time aboard ship.

Boatowner's Mechanical & Electrical Manual: How to Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat's Essential Systems by Nigel Calder
Reviewer: James Carter from Castro Valley, California
I bought this book as a sailer who was getting ready to take a two-year hiatus with my new wife crewing aboard an 80 ft motorsailer. The boat was absolute mechanical and electrical madness compared to my 26 ft Pearson and I needed help in a BIG way. This book was the answer.
The book explained everything very simply and thoroughly. I am not sure if experienced mechanics (diesel) and electricians would find it useful, except as a resource, but if you are even a little unsure of your abilities you cannot go wrong with this book. As a result of reaading the book several times as needed, and receiving a bit of instruction from the knowledgeable captain, I am now fairly competent.
Pick up this book and keep it handy. You will use it.

Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair by Nigel Calder
Reviewer: Terje Viken from Floroe, Norway
As a new boatowner knowing next to nothing about engines this book has helped me identify key parts of my own engine and explain what their functions are. The book provides clear troubleshooting procedures (hope I will not need those since I intend to follow the suggested maintenance procedures instead) and information on how to diagnose different symptoms.
The book is covering basic engine parts, more in depth explanations of engine parts, fuel system, how to troubleshoot start problems, diagnosing different sounds and symptoms, maintenance and repair procedures (probably more than most of us will want to perform ourselves - like opening up cylinders and decarbonizing the engine). I especially liked the chapter about engine selection and installation which discussed various aspects of hull, engine, exhaust and transmission fittings.
Illustrations are good and applicable accross engine brands. Warning: The book kept me awake several nights because I had to check things the very next day after reading a chapter.

Quick and Easy Boat Maintenance: 1,001 Time-Saving Tips by Sandy Lindsey
Reviewer: A reader from New York, New York
I was about to purchase a new boat that I really couldn't afford, when I came across Quick & Easy Boat Maintenance. It helped me restore my boat with minimal pain and suffering. Now I wouldn't sell it for the world, but if I did, I also have the plus of knowing I can get top dollar for my newly restored shining clean vessel. Sandy's tips are clearly and concisely written and VERY easy to use. I keep this book on board with me at all times in case of mechanical problem.

Boat Maintenance: The Essential Guide Guide to Cleaning, Painting, and Cosmetics by William M. Burr, William, Jr. Burr
Reviewer: A reader from Delaware
The people at International Marine know a subject that was in desperate needed of a book. This book not only describes methods to keep your boat looking great but also names names! It provides the brand names you can buy from your local marine store. This is a must buy for any boater's library.

Modern Boat Maintenance: The Complete Fiberglass Boat Manual by Bo Streiffert (Editor), Dag Pike (Designer), Loris Goring (Designer)
Reviewer: Steve Stedman from Bellingham, Washington
If you own a boat then you understand that B.O.A.T is an acronym for Bring Out Another Thousand (dollars). Anyone who owns a boat, unless that boat is new, and has not yet been used will be forced to deal to boat maintainence issues. This book will help you to do some if this maintainence yourself so you don't have to spend a fortune to keep your boat running.
If you have a powerboat, a rowboat, or a sailboat then I recommend this book. This also makes a great gift for any boat owner.
One thing that I really like about this book is that there are lots of pictures and diagrams to help you understand what they are talking about. When you are doing work on a boat, sometimes one picture can be worth a thousand words.
It is obvious that the people writing this book really know what they are doing. This was not written by amatuers.
So if you have major repairs to deal with, or you just want to understand how your boat was built, this is the book for you.

Troubleshooting Marine Diesels by Peter Compton
Reviewer: Kim Coleman from San Francisco, California
Last Friday evening I gave your book to a friend as a gift. The next day we all went out on their boat to enjoy the Fleet Week festivities. About 1 mile offshore the engine just quit, no warning just quit running. The first thing we did was to drop the hook, the second was to get your book out.
We went down the trouble shooting tree, checking each item and following the Yes-No flow. Well, 45 minutes later we had the engine running. The beauty of it was that without the book we would have NOT found the problem. (The problem was in the fuel return line) Without the book we would never had thought to check there for the problem.
Needless to say my friends just LOVE your book.

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