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Old 17-12-2019, 08:24   #1
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Maintenance manual recommendation

After months of pondering, I finally bought an old boat to practice what I learned this past summer. 1974 Pearson 26. I have no practical fibreglass experience but I'm pretty handy and have lots of tools. I'm looking for a general keel boat maintenance manual... Don Casey or Nigel Calder both look pretty good.
Are there any others that are highly recommended?
I find YouTubes are hit or miss depending on what you need.
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Old 17-12-2019, 11:26   #2
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Re: Maintenance manual recommendation

The Nigel Calder series is a very good bet. There are tricks to fiberglass, but once you've got them in mind, it's just a lot of heavy labor. Plumbing and electrical systems are the ones where a manual is particularly important. Calder's Mechanical and Electrical Manual has good conceptual discussions, and got me over the humps with occasional help from this forum.
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Old 17-12-2019, 11:37   #3
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Re: Maintenance manual recommendation

Don Casey's this old boat, 2nd addition - hands down best book you'll ever buy. Mine is dog-eared, stained, well thumbed-up, and generally committed to memory at this point.

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