Since this book is very easy to read, it is highly recommended to anyone fairly new to the construction or repair of the fiberglass boats. However, it will also be very useful for those people who are experienced since reading it will definitely increase their confidence, and this is important. This book has already helped a lot of people with their fiberglass boatbuilding and boat repair projects due to the numerous useful and practical instructions provided by the author.

Just try to follow the suggestions and instructions in this book and you will see that any difficult project may become much easier for you. Subject instructions are supplemented with a number of full colour and step-by-step image sequences as well as line drawings which were included to present readers with the very basics in a digested form.

The readers will learn how to work with different sorts of materials, e.g. fiberglass, carbon fiber, epoxy, polyester etc., improve the safety, value and appearance of their boats, save time and money when performing the repairs, fix the leaks and cracks happening to the hulls etc. and even fabricate some new components. Some other activities like restoring the gelcoat have also been discussed. This is a really nice entry-level guidance.

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Very informative source covering virtually all aspects to the design and construction of the boat. It is mainly intended for the people who are commencing the projects starting with a clearly bare hull of the boat between forty and sixty-five feet range willing to properly develop a technical specification for the completion on the basis of the total performance of the system. Subject specification may be given to the yacht builders or used for the do-it-yourself projects.

The content of this book is based on the technical construction specification for the motor yacht Sharina, a fifty-five feet trawler which the author of this title is intending to build. The objective of the design of Sharina was to create a relatively small offshore and coastwise yacht for living aboard and also with some additional requirements to serve as a ocean voyager. The publication explains the original intent of the design and demonstrated why certain design decisions are made.

Note that not every single choice is discussed in the book and it covers only those considered key differentiating factors relating to the total system performance of trawlers. The readers will find all required information concerning the hull features and construction, electrical installations, safety matters, HVAC systems, steering and propulsion arrangements, security issues etc.

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The publication by a professional sailor and yacht design expert Gregor Tarjan is covering literally every single aspect of cruising catamarans, providing interested readers with an excellent and well-though combination of customer's guide, practical how-to manual and an attractive coffee-table showpiece.

In his work, the author has performed a thorough review of the fundamental technical concepts of the multi-hull vessel design and construction, operational performance and handling of this sort of vessels; he has also included a very interesting discussion related to the recent developments in the field. The text of the volume is filled with informative illustrations and graphics plus beautiful photos.

The book is examining what the multi-hull seamanship is and what the difference between the single-hull and multi-hull sailing is; the author has revealed several useful yet little-known practical tricks for getting the max speed from your sailing catamaran. The images contained in the book are truly gorgeous.

The readers will be able to discover all desirable and advantageous attributes of the multi-hull vessels, covering both sailboats and powerboats. The publication provides readers with the useful review of the technical capabilities of catamarans, sharing the insights from professional naval architects.

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This is a classic and very rare book. It was first published more than a century ago, in 1911, and the original intention of the author was to help the kids construct small crafts that ranged in size from a houseboat to a log raft, Taking into account the average age of the assumed audience, it is quite understandable that the author could only use the most basic of technical skills from potential "boatbuilders", and his plans and directions which resulted from this approach, have become a real classic in the schools of so-called "quick & dirty" boat building.

This book will be ideal for the rafts and some basic crafts or any other similar structures. We would recommend all boat builders of the future shall to consider this book as the first primer due to very simple and easy-to-understand explanations of the various techniques.

This small volume even includes some basic information on sailing and nautical safety, seamanship techniques, rigging of a small boat and a handy guide to knot splicing for nearly any harbor or nautical situation. The building directions provided in this book include ones for war canoe, folding canoe, rowing rafts, slab and dugout canoes, canvas canoe and several other types of boats. 

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This IYT publication contains modules 1 to 6 of the official yachtmaster training program. As it is implied by the title of the book, it is divided in two big parts. The first part - Introduction to Boating has five sections with the first one providing general introduction and other four addressing safety, passage planning, ropework, and short passages (both sail and power). The second part is named International Crew Certificate.

It also starts with some introductory information, followed with the modules containing all necessary info - nautical terminology, safety, relative direction, intro to COLREGs, ropework, introduction to sail handling and weather, handling powered boat, MOB, nautical charts, compass, general nautical knowledge, marine etiquette, customs, marine manners, anchoring, practical subjects, dinghy theory. In addition to that, there is a comprehensive Glossary of terms at the end of the book - it is necessary because the volume of terminology used expands with the gained knowledge as the readers progress.

Obviously, with sailing and boating becoming an international pastime with English being the tile language, it is truly essential to use the correct terms in order to communicate with other seafarers in a quick and effective manner, avoiding any sort of misunderstanding when executing various maneuvers or in case of emergency...

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And here comes the perfect and so easy to follow an understand guidance to building boats for amateurs. This book has become world popular among boatbuilders as a result of the simple and straightforward way of explanation. The authors of the publication presented all information using a tack-and-tape method as well the framing method, which is more conventional.

There are so many people who have managed to build the boats using the designs, techniques and data provided on the pages of this publication. The duet of authors consisting of the professional boatbuilder Harold Payson and professional designer Phil Bolger created a perfect reference source. the secret of the success of this book was the proper combination of the boatbuilding genius and excellent writing style of Payson with the amazing designs prepared by Bolger.

The general technical knowledge and a huge number of construction plans and drawings allows the boatbuilding enthusiasts to construct nearly everything from a regular six-foot boat to a twenty-five-foot classic schooner. The book is written having the newcomer in mind, that is why the authors preferred not to go too deep into technical information - all the construction methods presented there are fool-proof, practical and easy to implement.

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The new edition of one of the best boat system maintenance book ever published. This release contains many significant updates in comparison to the previous edition. In fact, all section have been re-worked; however, the electrical systems portion was affected most. The publication provides enough technical information to allow people, even newcomers, to diagnose the problems with their boats, and, what is also important, to understand whether the external pro's coming to fix the problem, know what they do and offer.

Today, there is no any other book looking at the mechanical and electrical issues happening to the boats, that deep. The publication covers nearly all parts mechanical and electrical parts of all types of boats. The reader will get professional advice on such the important matters as battery technologies, marine diesel engines as applied to the boats, electric propulsion, electric motors, hybrid propulsion, electric lights, marine electronics, generators, solar power, transmissions, pumps, steering arrangements, watermakers, 12V and 24V DC systems, energy efficiency, A/C and refrigeration, mooring arrangements, rigging, bow thrusters - too many to get listed here.

We have some other publications by Nigel Calder on same topic, see The Instant Book of Boat Handling, Navigation, and Seamanship...

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Many of us have at least some familiarity with the electrical wiring maters. For instance, when we make minor repairs at home, say to a switch or receptacle, or replace the failed ones. Some people may feel quite secure in extending a circuit or adding a new one, and they may even be able conduct wiring in the entire house is a safe and effective manner.

We are able to do so thanks to the NEC (standing for the National Electric Code) and because so many useful books have been prepared and released for both the novices and the professionals. However, unfortunately, a boat is not a house at all - and this fact still escapes all too many boatyards. This publication is truly perfect for learning everything related to the electrical system of your boat and of the way the equipment on board works. It shall be treated as the invaluable guidance when adding the new equipment pieces to what is already existing on the boat.

It has to form a part of the library of every boater serving as the ready reference source teaching how to make effective maintenance, repairs and modifications that would comply with the recognized ABYC standards. Though the publication is technical, it is still very easy to read and understand. You will also get to know how to install the wind- and solar-power systems properly, and how to protect the electrical systems of your boat from corrosion...

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