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Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual: Six Books in One for Every Aspect of Sailboat Care



Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual: A Comprehensive Guide for Sailors




If you own a sailboat or are thinking of buying one, you know how important it is to keep it in good shape. But how do you do that? Where do you start? What do you need?




Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual: Including Inspecting The Aging Sailboa



Don't worry. You don't have to be a professional boatbuilder or mechanic to take care of your boat. You just need a reliable guide that shows you what to do and how to do it.


That's where Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual comes in. This book is the definitive guide from the world's best-known sailboat maintenance expert. It combines six core volumes into a single, utterly dependable resource that answers every frequent question, explains every major system, and helps you keep your boat and its components shipshape.


In this article, we'll give you an overview of what this book covers, and why it's a must-have for every sailor.


The Six Core Volumes of the Book




The book is divided into six sections, each covering a different aspect of sailboat maintenance. Each section is packed with practical advice, tips, tricks, and techniques that you can use on your own boat.


Here are the six core volumes of the book and what they teach you:


Inspecting the Aging Sailboat




This section helps you evaluate the condition of a sailboat before buying or repairing it. It shows you what to look for in the hull, deck, rigging, engine, electrical system, and interior. It also shows you how to use tools and techniques to detect problems and defects.


Some of the topics covered in this section are:



  • How to inspect the hull for cracks, blisters, delamination, osmosis, and core deterioration



  • How to inspect the deck for leaks, soft spots, stress cracks, and hardware attachment



  • How to inspect the rigging for corrosion, wear, fatigue, and alignment



  • How to inspect the engine for compression, oil pressure, cooling, exhaust, and fuel delivery



  • How to inspect the electrical system for wiring, connections, fuses, switches, and instruments



  • How to inspect the interior for moisture, mold, rot, stains, and odors



Sailboat Hull and Deck Repair




This section teaches you how to repair structural damage to fiberglass sailboats. It shows you how to fix cracks, blisters, delamination, osmosis, and core deterioration. It also shows you how to replace through-hull fittings, ports, hatches, and hardware.


Some of the topics covered in this section are:



  • How to repair gelcoat cracks and chips



  • How to repair laminate cracks and fractures



  • How to repair blistered and delaminated hulls



  • How to repair osmotic and interlaminate corrosion



  • How to repair wet and rotten cores



  • How to replace through-hull fittings and seacocks



  • How to replace ports and hatches



  • How to replace deck hardware and fasteners



Sailboat Refinishing




This section shows you how to put a professional-looking finish on the hull, deck, spars, wood, and trim. It shows you how to prepare, sand, paint, varnish, and polish different surfaces. It also shows you how to choose and apply the right products and materials.


Some of the topics covered in this section are:



  • How to prepare surfaces for painting or varnishing



  • How to sand surfaces by hand or machine



  • How to paint topsides, bottoms, and decks



  • How to varnish spars, woodwork, and trim



  • How to polish metal fittings and hardware



  • How to choose paints, varnishes, thinners, brushes, rollers, and pads



  • How to apply paints, varnishes, primers, sealers, and fillers