03.02.2019
BE YOUR OWN BOAT SURVEYOR

An excellent publication prepared a well-recognized nautical journalist, the author of the popular “The RIB Manual” title with more than twenty years of experience in surveying marine facilities including all types of ships. The content of the volume will help all boat builders and boat owners in performing surveys of the boats on their own. It will definitely serve as a perfect tool for both owners and buyers of the boats and small crafts.

Normally, the boats are quite complicated and expensive, and that is why it is very important that you are able to perform all required detailed checks of the boat, properly identify all problems and deal with them before they become serious, perform the assessment of the boat for any signs of problems without having to hire a professional for the expensive and lengthy report. The text part of the book is richly illustrated and full of useful and practical advice.

The sections of the book cover such important aspects of boat surveying as hull checks, boat engine and hull systems, electrical systems, tools of the trade, mast and rigging, steering, and so many others. This is an absolutely recommended publication for anyone owning a bot ort planning to purchase one, noting the amount of information it provides to the reader.

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29.01.2019
THE COMPLETE RIB MANUAL — THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO DESIGN, HANDLING AND MAINTENANCE

This world famous publication is deservedly considered a classic and must-have one for anyone involved in boat building as well as the boat owners. The RIB, standing for the Rigid Inflatable Boat, was first introduced nearly sixty years ago. Its appearance did revolutionize the marine market of that time.

The RIB Manual was released in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the first rigid inflatable boat and will serve as an excellent reference tool covering literally all important aspects of RIB design, their handling and routine maintenance. The author has arranged the material emphasizing the practical part.

The book starts with some historical overview including development of the RIBs design. Note that the book covers both leisure and commercial boats. The second part of the publication is devoted to the boat handling including impact of boat hull design, cruising and driving techniques, launching and transportation of these boats, and of course safety and survival issues.

The third part is dealing with the boat maintenance and will be equally important to everyone regardless of the boat type. In short, this is one of the best reference books on boat handling and maintenance available today.

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31.10.2018
MARINE COMPOSITES

This second edition of the world popular publication on marine composite materials has been significantly revised and updated in order to reflect the very latest technological advances. The recent evolution of the various composite materials used for construction of the boat hulls has eventually resulted in the demand for evaluating the fundamental design instruments used for creating the marine structures.

With the improvement in materials and boatbuilding practices, it would not be unreasonable to consider the composite materials suitable for building the hulls of the vessels less than hundred meters in length. The publication is exploring the technologies that are required for the engineering of the advance composites for the larger marine constructions.

The author has also addressed the applications of the materials together with the design performance and important fabrication aspects. A glossary of terminology is also included for ready reference. A whole range of applications has been covered from the recreational marine industry to commercial and fishing industry. A very interesting reading for the ship- and boat-builders who want to be updated with the recent technological developments in the field.

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14.08.2018
BOAT INTERIOR CONSTRUCTION

A truly great bestselling guidebook to DIY interior boatbuilding. The volume has already been very well met by the boat owners who were not fully happy with the arrangement and layout of their boats and/or wanted to fit out completely renovated hull. The author has clearly explained every single detail and illustrated the content with numerous step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow even for the beginner.

All of the procedures and techniques addressed in the pages of this publication would normally be applicable to all types and sizes of boats. The huge practical experience of the author allowed him to produce one of the best guides on boat interiors. The volume includes more than four hundred color images. The boaters from different parts of the world have all found this book perfectly researched and remarkably informative owing to the nice illustrations supplementing excellent explanations.

One will definitely find so many ideas that will not be technically complicated and may be used by any boat owner. The book will be particularly appreciated by the owners willing to refit their boats from the complete scratch. What they shall do is just to read carefully and follow all instructions provided by the author.

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15.06.2018
BOAT CREW SEAMANSHIP MANUAL

The present official Manual was prepared by USCG to present the approved procedures and established methods to be used when conducting boat operations. The text part of the manual is fully illustrated with very informative images. The book has been deservedly treated by the readers as the best resource for the crews. The content if written in a very easy-to read language making it very convenient to use.

The materials contained in the publication are arranged in twenty chapters all important aspects. For example, the first chapter of the book is dealing with the boat crew, duties of the crew members and watch standing responsibilities, determining the crew size as well as certification and qualification of the crew members, description, knowledge and performance skills of the trainees, crew members, engineers, coxwains and surfmen, lookout watch including night watch, towing watch and helm watch, anchor watch and other relevant matters.

The next chapter is dealing with the auxiliary operational missions while the third one covers the main factors of crew efficiency. Then the authors proceed to the team coordination, management of the associated risks, first aid, pyrotechnics, characteristics of the boat, survival equipment, boat stability, communications, navigation techniques, boat handling and many other aspects.

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03.06.2018
THE BOAT REPAIR BIBLE — A COMPREHENSIVE REPAIR GUIDE FOR POWER AND SAIL

As the title implies, this book is about the repair of boats and is intended to provide boatbuilders and boaters with truly comprehensive and detailed repair guidance. In fact, a good boat owner shall be a sort of combination of boatbuilder and sailmaker, boat mechanic and electrician, and even welder and plumber - of course, he or she shall also have good boat navigation skills.

Knowing all this is next to impossible, and all boat owners have to call experts to assist them with one task or another. The present volume aims to empower all interested boat owners with the required technical knowledge enabling them to fix the damages occurring to their boats and eventually reduce the demand for the external help. The reader will find useful and easy-to-read information about the fundamental tool skills, they will get valuable advice relating to the essential spares and get to know how to set up their personal workshop.

Using the information contained in the book they will even be able to survey their boats on their own. This, in turn, will eliminate additional expenses and let them save some money. Starting with the essential repair skills, the content of the volume proceeds to the boat hull and deck repairs, wooden, steel and ferro-cement repair works, domestic repairs, general mechanics and repairs to the electrical equipment and systems including navigation part, engine repairs, sailboat and motorboat repairs, outboard and dinghy boat repairs. The glossary is also there to check the terminology.

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29.05.2018
COASTAL CRUISING UNDER POWER — HOW TO CHOOSE, EQUIP, OPERATE, AND MAINTAIN YOUR BOAT

This books was designed to serve as an excellent ultimate companion to be used for the exploration of the North American coastal waters. The text content of the guidebook has been supplemented with numerous beautiful images providing valuable tips on such important aspects of boating as anchoring and piloting, weather etc.

The book is full of detailed step-by-step instructions on various quite specific techniques and boating skills. Six section of the guide provide information on choosing the cruising powerboat, selecting of the gear for cruising, using the boat, keeping the boat running boat and looking nice, living the cruising life, cruising great destinations etc.

Among the topics covered in the pages of the present guidebook there are boat engines and drive systems, stabilizers and steering systems, cooking and refrigeration, shipboard cooling and heating systems, anchors and associated equipment, safety equipment, tips on buying the cruising powerboat, routing maintenance techniques and procedures, keeping the boat clean, handling the boat, fundamentals of boat navigation, planning boat cruises, rules of the road and so many other important and interesting topics. Some additional information is provided within three appendices to the main part of the volume.

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29.10.2017
THE CHINESE SAILING RIG — DESIGNING AND BUILDING YOUR OWN

This guide dedicated to the Chinese sailing rig guide has been developed on the basis of the information collected during many years of designing, building and sailing Chinese lug rigs. Despite quite compact sized of the publication, it really contains huge amount of useful information and may be treated as a perfect addition to any collection of nautical history books.

The book is remarkably reader-friendly and provides all info about the construction of the seaworthy boats. the text is full of photos included to illustrate all stages of construction. In short, it is very informative and handy book - note that everything presented in the pages of this book has been already tried and done so you may rely on the information contained herein. The publication is recommended to any reader with the interest in naval history and vessels of the past and who are willing to know some more about the Chinese rigs and how the western hulls could be adopted.

Of course, you do not have to be a professional shipbuilder or naval historian to enjoy reading this book. By the way, some of the info presented will definitely interest ship modelers who may use it when making the model of ships of that period.

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