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Old 06-02-2009, 04:20   #1
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DIY Maintenance / Repair Books?

We're starting our renovation afloat, and we have what I think is an excellent printed resource: Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual, by Nigel Calder. Expensive but worth it.

I'm reasonably handy, and this one's full of good info. But I'm a big fan of documentation and references in general; can anyone suggest other good books on the subject, preferably from personal experience?

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Old 06-02-2009, 05:43   #2
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Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual

I would say is the best I have read.

I also bought the 12v Bible for Boats which was pretty good too but very basic.

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I have the same Cader you do very good. Don Caseys Good Old Boat is also very good.
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Thanks!

I am looking up the Casey books now.
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I have the same Cader you do very good. Don Caseys Good Old Boat is also very good.
I have THIS OLD BOAT by Don Casey also.
It is like a bible to me.
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What type of maintenance are you looking at specifically? I see you have Nigel Calder's excellent Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual already. Highly recommended.

Many different books on topics such as fiberglass, wood, refinishing, engine, rigging, electrical, mechanical, sail & canvas.
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What type of maintenance are you looking at specifically? I see you have Nigel Calder's excellent Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual already. Highly recommended.

Many different books on topics such as fiberglass, wood, refinishing, engine, rigging, electrical, mechanical, sail & canvas.
Good point!!!! Plus the level of expertise one already has, is important to consider also.
There are some electrical books I have looked at, and I didn't even understand the introduction pages.
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IMHO Nigel Calder has the best book out there. I keep a copy handy and read from it often.
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I'm a big fan of Nigel Calder. The reason is that I like reference type books with lots of illustrations and easy to read.

Another "must have" is Troubleshooting Marine Diesels by Peter Compton. More than 10 years old (1997) but very recommended. Simple and to the point. The strength of this book is it's trouble shooting tree and diagrams. Lots of Illustrations. Excellent for Sailboats when you're stuck in the middle of nowhere with an engine problem.

Another I like is Marine Engine Diesels by Nigel Calder
More recent (2006). Well written and easy to read. Considered the "bible" of marine diesel engines. Good for the uninitiated. Not as illustrated as the one above but quite good.

The 12V Bible is one that comes up often as a "must have".
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For me...Nigel, hands down. I like the fact it gets updated once in awhile. It is for someone that knows their way around a boat though. Otherwise it can be a hard read. We call it the boat bible on the docks.
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Well, I'm an electronic technician by trade; I know avionics as well, so marine electronics should not be a big leap. And I'm a gearhead by hobby, comfortable under a car. So basically, I'm reasonably confident and competent with electrical and engine work.

As for fiberglass, carpentry, rigging, canvas...I know very little.
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the new casey edition book which is an update and compendium of previous books is excellent
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the new casey edition book which is an update and compendium of previous books is excellent
I have heard that there is a lot of new information in it.
As I stated above, I have the original edition, but the expanded edition might be something I will buy this winter.

I don't usually do things like that, but I am such a fan of the book I will make an exception.
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