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Op 'n stormsee - Ware verhale van Suid-Afrikaanse seereddings (Afrikaans, Paperback): Tony Weaver, Andrew Ingram Op 'n stormsee - Ware verhale van Suid-Afrikaanse seereddings (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Tony Weaver, Andrew Ingram
R250 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R53 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Hier is 'n versameling gewaagde reddings vol drama en gevaar, ter viering van die NSRI se 50ste herdenking. Die stories, wat alles dek van brandende skepe tot haai-aanvalle, van sinkende vistreilers tot hallusinerende vissermanne, gaan oor die mens se konstante stryd teen sommige van die gevaarlikste vaarwaters op aarde. Dit sluit die storie in wat tot die stigting van die NSRI gelei het.

Italian Waters Pilot (Hardcover, 10 New Edition): Rod & Lu Heikell Italian Waters Pilot (Hardcover, 10 New Edition)
Rod & Lu Heikell
R1,099 R940 Discovery Miles 9 400 Save R159 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
GRP Maintenance Companion - Repairing GRP & FRP boats (Spiral bound): Pete Vincent, Penni Vincent GRP Maintenance Companion - Repairing GRP & FRP boats (Spiral bound)
Pete Vincent, Penni Vincent
R178 R134 Discovery Miles 1 340 Save R44 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Anyone who owns a fibreglass boat (GRP or FRP, yacht or dinghy) knows that it can get damaged in the rough and tumble of everyday use. Sometimes the damage is serious enough to warrant a professional repair (which the insurance company will probably pay for). But at other times it is more minor, and you might want to repair it yourself. But how do you repair it, so you can't see the repair - get that really professional-looking finish? If you've ever asked that question, then this is the book for you. Long-term boat repairer, Pete Vincent, shares the trade secrets of making a lasting, strong and invisible repair. Penni Vincent, who does not share Pete's experience, got him to explain it to her and together they have created this book - written by an expert, but understandable for a novice. They take you through the equipment, tools and materials you need and then explain the 8 stages of a glass fibre repair job: from the vital initial preparation to the final polish. This is followed by a step-by-step guide to making different repairs including small nicks, scratches and scuffs, star-crazing and deeper areas requiring fibreglassing. They also cover repairing deck / hull joints, non-slip surfaces, moving fittings and leak testing and repair. Given that the first bit of advice is that you need to make the damage worse before repairing it, it is reassuring to be able to follow the steps that they outline, amply illustrated by many photographs and diagrams. Splash-proof and spiral bound - allowing you to lay it out flat beside your repair - this little book will be a valued companion as you set about repairing your boat.

Diesel Companion (Spiral bound, 2nd New edition): Pat Manley Diesel Companion (Spiral bound, 2nd New edition)
Pat Manley
R179 R135 Discovery Miles 1 350 Save R44 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A compact, handy, on-the-water reference guide containing all the essential information about keeping your marine diesel engine running for when you need it most: the perfect quick reference guide to keep onboard. The book covers the parts of the engine and has checklists for monthly, weekly and daily checks. It outlines what to do if the engine won't start, or stop, if it overheats or there are problems with the fuel system. It tells you about servicing, the electrics and winterisation. Splash-proof and spiral bound - allowing you to lay it out flat beside your engine - this little book stands up to frequent use and will be a valued companion when the engine doesn't behave.

The British Lighthouse Trail - A Regional Guide (Paperback): Sarah Kerr The British Lighthouse Trail - A Regional Guide (Paperback)
Sarah Kerr
R450 R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 Save R89 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Lighthouses have been used as aids to maritime navigation for centuries. They are highly recognisable and beloved features of our coastline and waterways, treasured by communities and captivating visitors. But how many are there and is it really possible to visit them all? The British Lighthouse Trail is the only book of its kind to provide a comprehensive listing of all lighthouses in Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and Channel Islands accompanied by practical advice on how to reach them. The author, an avid pharologist, set off on a quest in 2012 to visit all lighthouses around the British coastline only to find that there were many more lighthouses to be discovered. This comprehensive book is the result of further extensive research and significant travel. Over 600 lighthouses are featured - from the perilous beauty of Shetland's Muckle Flugga Lighthouse to the elegant serenity of Jersey's Corbiere Lighthouse. Complete with helpful maps highlighting the location of every lighthouse in each region and colour photography of a broad selection of our nation's most weird and wonderful aids to navigation throughout, this book is an indispensable guide to visiting and seeing some of our nation's most majestic, historical and isolated buildings. Each listing features a description of the structure, its light characteristic as well as any notable designers. Access information offers the best ways to reach or see each lighthouse, and whether it is possible to explore inside the tower. Nearby or related places of interest, such as other notable aids to navigation and relocated lighthouse optics, are also included. Experience the secluded joy of visiting tidal islands, watch waves lapping against some of the most remote rock structures, and feel the magic of walking in the footsteps of the lighthouse keepers inside the towers. This book will guide you on countless journeys never to be forgotten.

Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks - Poems (Hardcover): W.Craig Gaines Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks - Poems (Hardcover)
W.Craig Gaines
R700 R546 Discovery Miles 5 460 Save R154 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

On the evening of February 2, 1864, Confederate Commander John Taylor Wood led 250 sailors in two launches and twelve boats to capture the USS Underwriter, a side-wheel steam gunboat anchored on the Neuse River near New Bern, North Carolina. During the ensuing fifteen-minute battle, nine Union crewmen lost their lives, twenty were wounded, and twenty-six fell into enemy hands. Six Confederates were captured and several wounded as they stripped the vessel, set it ablaze, and blew it up while under fire from Union-held Fort Anderson. The thrilling story of USS Underwriter is one of many involving the numerous shipwrecks that occupy the waters of Civil War history. Many years in the making, W. Craig Gaines's Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks is the definitive account of more than 2,000 of these American Civil War--period sunken ships. From Alabama's USS Althea, a Union steam tug lost while removing a Confederate torpedo in the Blakely River, to Wisconsin's Berlin City, a Union side-wheel steamer stranded in Oshkosh, Gaines provides detailed information about each vessel, including its final location, type, dimensions, tonnage, crew size, armament, origin, registry (Union, Confederate, United States, or other country), casualties, circumstances of loss, salvage operations, and the sources of his findings. Organized alphabetically by geographical location (state, country, or body of water), the book also includes a number of maps providing the approximate locations of many of the wrecks -- ranging from the Americas to Europe, the Arctic Ocean, and the Indian Ocean. Also noted are more than forty shipwrecks whose locations are in question.

Since the 1960s, the underwater access afforded by SCUBA gear has allowed divers, historians, treasure hunters, and archaeologists to discover and explore many of the American Civil War-related shipwrecks. In a remarkable feat of historical detective work, Gaines scoured countless sources -- from government and official records to sports diver and treasure-hunting magazines -- and cross-indexes his compilation by each vessel's various names and nicknames throughout its career.

An essential reference work for Civil War scholars and buffs, archaeologists, divers, and aficionados of naval history, Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks revives and preserves for posterity the little-known stories of these intriguing historical artifacts.

Simple Boat Maintenance (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Pat Manley Simple Boat Maintenance (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Pat Manley
R352 R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Save R81 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Simple Boat Maintenance concentrates on the 67 most common boat maintenance jobs. Each is rated for difficulty on a scale of 1-5 and is explained in simple steps with lots of photos and diagrams. No special tools are required and no skill is assumed. Take this book in one hand, a spanner in the other and set to work. Learn how to: solve most engine problems; look after the gas, water, fuel and electrical systems; service pumps, winches, windlasses & strengear; repair cracks & holes in fibreglass; find & cure leaks.

Titanic (Hardcover, Revised edition): Stuart Robertson Titanic (Hardcover, Revised edition)
Stuart Robertson
R234 R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Save R48 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Titanic" delves into the astonishing facts surrounding the tragedy of 1912 and is essential for anyone wishing to separate myth from reality. With a range of trivia including facts about the construction of the vessel deemed to be 'unsinkable', the information is presented in an interesting and engaging way to embrace a wide variety of readers. The book would make the ideal gift for any Titanic fan, or those interested in the history of the ship. The "Amazing And Extraordinary Facts" series presents interesting, surprising and little-known facts and stories about a wide range of topics which are guaranteed to inform, absorb and entertain in equal measure.

Refrigeration for Pleasureboats - Installation, Maintenance and Repair (Hardcover): Nigel Calder Refrigeration for Pleasureboats - Installation, Maintenance and Repair (Hardcover)
Nigel Calder
R640 R495 Discovery Miles 4 950 Save R145 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Youve just spent a day on the water under a sweltering sun. You sit back, enjoying the seclusion of a remote anchorage, lulled by the rattle of ice in your cold drink. A pretty picture, but a rare one aboard cruising boats.

A house is never without its utility umbrella, but when you pull your boats shore-power plug youre on your own. Even good refrigeration systems use a lot of energy. And bad ones? Erase those ice cubes from your tropical fantasy.

Refrigeration for Pleasureboats explains how the cruising sailor can acquire the amenities--even the necessities--of an efficient onboard refrigeration system. Whether youre off for two days or two years, you must balance the highest possible cooling capacity with the lowest possible energy consumption. Calder explains clearly and logically how and why refrigeration components work, how to keep them working efficiently and economically, and what to look for when something goes wrong.

Boat refrigeration systems are phenomenally expensive. A modest refrigerator/freezer system, professionally built and installed, can cost more than $4,000. Yet these units can still have unpleasant side effects--such as killing the boats batteries. Refrigeration for Pleasureboats provides all the step-by-step information an amateur needs to design and build a custom refrigeration unit that will cost far less than half the price of an off-the-shelf unit and will likely run better with far less drain on the batteries. With Calders maintenance and troubleshooting tips, youll be able to keep it running for years to come and keep those ice cubes tinkling in that frosted glass.

Norfolk Broads (Spiral bound): Collins Maps Norfolk Broads (Spiral bound)
Collins Maps 1
R232 R161 Discovery Miles 1 610 Save R71 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The number 1 choice for all users of the inland waterways. This popular and practical guide covers the canals and waterways of the Broads National Park, including the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads and the Rivers Ant, Bure, Thurne, Wensum, Yare, Chet and Waveney. The detailed Ordnance Survey (R) maps clearly show the location of essential features such as locks, towpaths and boating facilities, as well as pubs, shops and restaurants in the area. There are comprehensive navigational notes and descriptive text on the history of The Broads, and on local services and places of interest, for which postcodes are included - ideal for use with sat-navs. This practical A5 guide features 'lie flat' spiral binding and 'book mark' back cover flap for ease of reference. The Broads are one of Britain's best-known holiday boating areas. They make up Britain's largest and most important protected wetland and are a national park providing a home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the country. A unique and enchanting wetland, with over 125 miles of lock-free, navigable tidal waters, all waiting to be explored. Nicholson's - The bestselling guides to Britain's Waterways.

Severn, Avon & Birmingham No. 2 (Spiral bound): Collins Maps Severn, Avon & Birmingham No. 2 (Spiral bound)
Collins Maps 1
R418 R273 Discovery Miles 2 730 Save R145 (35%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The number 1 choice for all users of the inland waterways. This established, popular and practical guide covers the canals and waterways around Birmingham and the River Severn. Covered in this guide are the River Avon; Birmingham Canal Navigations (Main Line); Droitwich Canals; Gloucester & Sharpness Canal and the River Severn; Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal; Stourbridge and Dudley Canals; Stratford-on-Avon Canal; Stroudwater Navigation and Thames & Severn Canal; and the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. The detailed Ordnance Survey (R) maps clearly show the location of essential features such as locks, towpaths and boating facilities, as well as pubs, shops and restaurants in the area. There are comprehensive navigational notes and descriptive text on the history of each canal, and on local services and places of interest, for which postcodes are included - ideal for use with sat-navs. This practical A5 guide features 'lie flat' spiral binding and 'book mark' back cover flap for ease of reference. In print for 50 years, the Collins/Nicholson guides to the waterways have always been a vital part of journeys along Britain's canals and rivers. These bestselling guides are designed for anyone and everyone with an interest in Britain's inland waterways - from experienced boaters to those planning their first boat trip, as well as walkers, cyclists and visitors. Nicholson's - The bestselling guides to Britain's Waterways.

Unsinkable - The Full Story of Rms Titanic (Hardcover): Daniel Allen Butler Unsinkable - The Full Story of Rms Titanic (Hardcover)
Daniel Allen Butler
R373 Discovery Miles 3 730 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

No other ship in history has attracted so much attention, stirred up such powerful emotion, or accumulated as many legends and myths as Titanic. "Unsinkable" is a fresh look at this incredible story, one that centers on the people who built the ship, crewed her, and sailed on her. It follows the great ship as she grows on the ways at Harland & Wolff in Belfast, sails from Southampton toward her unexpected rendezvous with an iceberg, then slowly sinks into the North Atlantic, forever shattering the optimistic complacency of her era. The story doesn't end there, however, for the tale continues through the high drama of the U.S. Senate investigation and the British Board of Trade inquiry, then introduces the "mystery ship" Californian, whose officers watched Titanic sink and did nothing for fear of being subjected to their sleeping captain's wrath. The narrative then carries on with the recovery of many of Titanic's dead and their interment at Halifax, Nova Scotia, through the discovery of the wreck in 1985, and finally to the abortive 1996 expedition to raise a section of her rusted hull.

North West & the Pennines - Waterways Guide 5 (Spiral bound, New edition): Collins Maps North West & the Pennines - Waterways Guide 5 (Spiral bound, New edition)
Collins Maps
R420 R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Save R144 (34%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The number 1 choice for all users of the inland waterways. This established, popular and practical guide covers the canals and waterways in the north west of England around Merseyside and Manchester. Covered in this guide are: Aire & Calder Navigation, Bridgewater Canal, Calder & Hebble Navigation, Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Huddersfield Broad Canal, Lancaster Canal, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Macclesfield Canal, Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal, Peak Forest and Ashton Canals, Rochdale Canal, Sankey Canal and Trent & Mersey Canal. The detailed Ordnance Survey (R) maps clearly show the location of essential features such as locks, towpaths and boating facilities, as well as pubs, shops and restaurants in the area. There are comprehensive navigational notes and descriptive text on the history of each canal, and on local services and places of interest, for which postcodes are included - ideal for use with sat-navs. This practical A5 guide features 'lie flat' spiral binding and 'book mark' back cover flap for ease of reference. In print for 50 years, the Collins/Nicholson guides to the waterways have always been a vital part of journeys along Britain's canals and rivers. These bestselling guides are designed for anyone and everyone with an interest in Britain's inland waterways - from experienced boaters to those planning their first boat trip, as well as walkers, cyclists and visitors. Nicholson's - The bestselling guides to Britain's Waterways.

Icebreaker - A Voyage Far North (Paperback): Horatio Clare Icebreaker - A Voyage Far North (Paperback)
Horatio Clare 1
R195 R154 Discovery Miles 1 540 Save R41 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

*A Newstatesman Book of the Year* `Nimble, vital, unexpectedly affecting' Observer Bestselling travel writer Horatio Clare joins an icebreaker for a voyage through the ice-packs of the far north. 'We are celebrating a hundred years since independence this year: how would you like to travel on a government icebreaker?' A message from the Finnish embassy launches Horatio Clare on a voyage around an extraordinary country and an unearthly place, the frozen Bay of Bothnia, just short of the Arctic circle. Travelling with the crew of Icebreaker Otso, Horatio, whose last adventure saw him embedded on Maersk container vessels for the bestseller Down to the Sea in Ships, discovers stories of Finland, of her mariners and of ice. Aboard Otso Horatio gets to know the men who make up her crew, and explores Finland's history and character. Surrounded by the extraordinary colours and conditions of a frozen sea, he also comes to understand something of the complexity and fragile beauty of ice, a near-miraculous substance which cools the planet, gives the stars their twinkle and which may hold all our futures in its crystals.

The Anatomy of Nelson's Ships (Hardcover, New Ed): C.Nepean Longridge The Anatomy of Nelson's Ships (Hardcover, New Ed)
C.Nepean Longridge
R943 R864 Discovery Miles 8 640 Save R79 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Nelson's history has been written from every possible angle, but this is not so with his ships. Such information as there is about the ships is buried in contemporary books on naval architecture; only the expert can sift it and present it in a usable form. In doing this, Dr. Longridge's 1955 work quickly became a veritable treasure trove for the naval historian and ship modeler. H.M.S. Victory is the supreme example of the ships of the period, and fortunately she is still in existence. The original draughts of 1765 have been preserved, as have also the drawings used in the restoration of the ship in 1922. The author was thus able to compile from authentic sources and his model of the Victory now occupies a prominent position in the Science Museum at South Kensington. The illustrations are a unique feature. They include a set of photographs showing the interior construction of H.M.S. Victory and H.M.S. Implacable, the latter being taken only a few days before she was scuttled. The book features over 180 line drawings, designed by E. Bowness, A.R.I.N.A., and executed by G.F. Campbell, Assoc. M.R.I.N.A., ranging from elaborate perspective drawings of the complex gear at the fore top and crosstrees to the simplest detail. The folding plates by G.F. Campbell (which measure 560 x 400 mm and 235 x 450 mm) include lines, inboard and outboard profile, deck plans of the hull, standing and running rigging plans, and a complete belaying pin plan. Such an analysis of the ship of this period had never before been attempted.

With a Pinch of Salt (Paperback): Nick Bates With a Pinch of Salt (Paperback)
Nick Bates
R210 R175 Discovery Miles 1 750 Save R35 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Are you clewed-up about all those expressions that so enrich the language of sailors ??? not to mention the landlubbers who have Shanghaied their vocabulary? Do you know Captain Setab's Second Law of Dynamics, or why timbers shiver, even in horse latitudes, where a brass monkey has nothing to fear? This little book, chock-a-block with the wit and wisdom of a Captain who came up through the hawse pipe to command one of the most famous vessels afloat, gives you the whole nine yards.

Four Counties & the Welsh Canals - Waterways Guide 4 (Spiral bound, New edition): Collins Maps Four Counties & the Welsh Canals - Waterways Guide 4 (Spiral bound, New edition)
Collins Maps
R427 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R155 (36%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The number 1 choice for all users of the inland waterways. This established, popular and practical guide covers the canals and waterways in Wales and to the south of Liverpool. Covered in this guide are: Caldon Canal, Llangollen Canal, Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, Neath & Tennant and Swansea Canals, Montgomery Canal, Shropshire Union Canal, Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, Trent & Mersey Canal, River Weaver. The detailed Ordnance Survey (R) maps clearly show the location of essential features such as locks, towpaths and boating facilities, as well as pubs, shops and restaurants in the area. There are comprehensive navigational notes and descriptive text on the history of each canal, and on local services and places of interest, for which postcodes are included - ideal for use with sat-navs. This practical A5 guide features 'lie flat' spiral binding and 'book mark' back cover flap for ease of reference. In print for 50 years, the Collins/Nicholson guides to the waterways have always been a vital part of journeys along Britain's canals and rivers. These bestselling guides are designed for anyone and everyone with an interest in Britain's inland waterways - from experienced boaters to those planning their first boat trip, as well as walkers, cyclists and visitors. Nicholson's - The bestselling guides to Britain's Waterways.

Sealink British Ferries (Paperback): Ian Collard Sealink British Ferries (Paperback)
Ian Collard
R346 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R66 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Sealink's antecedents go back to the packet boats of the days before steam. The invention of the steam engine greatly assisted the development of the railways and led to the growth of the packet boats. The private railway companies recognised the need for an integrated transport system which included operating service across the sea routes. The `Big Four' railway companies were nationalised in 1948 and their shipping services came under the control of the British Transport Commission. In 1968 a Shipping and International Services Division of the British Railways Board was formed. This separate division operated under the brand name of Sealink. In 1979 the assets of the Shipping and International Services Division were transferred to Sealink UK Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary company. With a wealth of previously unpublished images, Ian Collard tells the fascinating story of this unique shipping company.

Birmingham & the Heart of England - Waterways Guide 3 (Spiral bound): Collins Maps Birmingham & the Heart of England - Waterways Guide 3 (Spiral bound)
Collins Maps 1
R423 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R145 (34%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The number 1 choice for all users of the inland waterways. This established, popular and practical guide covers the canals and waterways around Birmingham and central England. Covered in this guide are: Ashby Canal; Birmingham Canal Navigations (Main Line); Birmingham & Fazeley Canal; Coventry Canal; Erewash Canal; Grand Union Canal (Main Line, Leicester Section and the River Soar); Oxford Canal, North; Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, North; Stratford-on-Avon Canal, North; Worcester & Birmingham Canal, North; and the Trent & Mersey Canal. The detailed Ordnance Survey (R) maps clearly show the location of essential features such as locks, towpaths and boating facilities, as well as pubs, shops and restaurants in the area. There are comprehensive navigational notes and descriptive text on the history of each canal, and on local services and places of interest, for which postcodes are included - ideal for use with sat-navs. This practical A5 guide features 'lie flat' spiral binding and 'book mark' back cover flap for ease of reference. In print for 50 years, the Collins/Nicholson guides to the waterways have always been a vital part of journeys along Britain's canals and rivers. These bestselling guides are designed for anyone and everyone with an interest in Britain's inland waterways - from experienced boaters to those planning their first boat trip, as well as walkers, cyclists and visitors. Nicholson's - The bestselling guides to Britain's Waterways.

Radio Caroline - The True Story of the Boat That Rocked (Paperback, 2 New Edition): Ray Clark Radio Caroline - The True Story of the Boat That Rocked (Paperback, 2 New Edition)
Ray Clark
R263 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R59 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
The Sextant Handbook (Hardcover, 2nd Revised ed.): Bauer The Sextant Handbook (Hardcover, 2nd Revised ed.)
Bauer
R638 R493 Discovery Miles 4 930 Save R145 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Before the Wind - True Stories About Sailing (Paperback): David Gowdey Before the Wind - True Stories About Sailing (Paperback)
David Gowdey
R373 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R70 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Words of wisdom, humor, practical advice, and ripping yarns.

Twenty-five selections from some of the worlds most famous authors and sailors.

Read about:


  • Joshua Slocum, the first man to sail around the world alone
  • Richard Henry Danas extraordinary account of beginning a sailors life
  • Ted Turners racing strategy
  • Clare Francis on her transatlantic solo race
  • Robert Louis Stevensons emigrant passage of North America
  • Jack London sailing in Polynesia

Plus portraits of:


  • Dennis Conner
  • Thomas Lipton
  • Jacques Cousteau
  • Ernest Shackleton
  • The great schooner Bluenose
  • and more

Surveying Fiberglass Sailboats - A Step-by-Step Guide for Buyers and Owners (Paperback): Henry C. Mustin Surveying Fiberglass Sailboats - A Step-by-Step Guide for Buyers and Owners (Paperback)
Henry C. Mustin
R394 R315 Discovery Miles 3 150 Save R79 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Since the late 1950s, when the first plastic sailboat shocked the New York Boat Show, fiberglass boatbuilding has gone through classic growing pains. Longtime yacht broker and marine surveyor Henry Mustin has seen it all: the slow acceptance of those early, heavy boats; the market boom of the lighter boats of the 1970s; the boat pox scare of the 1980s; and the continued lack of industry standards that makes buying and owning a fiberglass boat an adventure. In Surveying Fiberglass Sailboats Mustin explains what to watch for in a used sailboat from each era, and how to ferret out the hidden defects in any boat. He shows how to estimate the cost of repairs and the value of a boat. And he addresses the question: When is a fiberglass boat too used up to save?

Mustins part-by-part look at hull, deck, rig, and machinery is both a minicourse for transforming used-boat shopping from a game of craps to a science, and the first step in a holistic boat maintenance program. His discussion of the significance of cracks found in aging hulls and decks is the most thorough in print. He is not shy in assessing the lack of regulation of professional surveyors, nor does he shrink from pointing a finger at shoddy building practices.

Having a used boat surveyed is a critical prelude to buying it. Yet a professional survey is expensive--several hundred dollars. Surveying Fiberglass Sailboats will enable you to conduct your own surveys while narrowing the field, then monitor a professional surveyors performance when selecting your target boat.

Understanding Boat Design (Hardcover, 4th ed.): Brewer Understanding Boat Design (Hardcover, 4th ed.)
Brewer
R625 R486 Discovery Miles 4 860 Save R139 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Essential Boat Electrics (Paperback, 2 Ed): Pat Manley Essential Boat Electrics (Paperback, 2 Ed)
Pat Manley
R348 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R82 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Essental Boat Electrics removes the mystique of boat electrics. The simple language & clear illustrations will help you understand what is going on & show you how to carry out the many electrical jobs onboard effectively & safely. Included are tutorials, from using a multimeter and wiring & protecting a circuit, to troubleshooting electrical faults and connecting a PC to your instrument system.

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