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  • Wooden Boat Restoration & Repair
  • The Art of Wooden Boat repair
  • Wooden Boat Renovation
  • The Restoration Handbook
  • The Boat Improvement Bible.
  • This Old Boat. 2nd edition.
  • Boat Works
  • How to Paint Your Boat
  • Inspecting the Aging Sailboat
  • Sailboat Refinishing
  • Sailboat Hull & Deck Repair.
  • Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual.
  • Quick & Easy Boat Maintenance
  • Essential Guide to Boating - Boat Maintenance
  • Fitting Out Your Boat

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    By Gougeon Brothers. Paperback, 204mm x 270mm, 78 pages, monochrome drawings .
    The techniques described in this manual are based on the handling characteristics and physical properties of WEST SYSTEM Epoxy products. Because physical properties of resin systems and epoxy brands vary, using the techniques in this publication with coatings or adhesives other than WEST SYSTEM is not recommended. Refer to the current WEST SYSTEM USer Manual & Product Guide for complete product information, and safety and handling guidelines.
    Contents includes:
  • Introduction
  • Inspecting and evaluating
  • Repairing localized dry rot
  • Repairing the structural frame work
  • Repairing hull and deck planking
  • Installing hardware
  • Protecting and maintaining wooden boats
  • Using WEST SYSTEM Epoxy.

    NZ$15.50 + delivery.

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    By Allen Cody Taube. Softback, 0.52kg, 180mm x 255mm, 275 pages, Line Drawings. 3rd Edition. Published 2018.

    Experience and insights gained by Allen Taube through 40 years of boat building, owning and sailing wooden schooners, marine surveying and wooden boat repair.
    His original book, "The Boatwright's Companion," published in 1986, became the wooden boat owners' bible. This third edition is updated, enlarged and destined to continue to be a wooden boat owner's and wooden boat lover's favorite classic book.

    Taube outlines and details wooden boat repairs in a clear and informal style, taking time and care to answer the many legitimate questions a boat carpenter or boat owner might ask. Illustrations by the author supplement the text.

    This clearly written book takes the mystery out of wooden boat repair. You'll feel confident and have the information you need to work, repair and maintain your own wooden boat.

    NZ$55.00 + Delivery

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    By Jim Trefethen. Hardback, 0.73kg, 200mm x 245mm, 270 pages, Black & White photos and line drawings. Published in 1993.
    Jim Trefethen has renovated dozens of good old wooden boats, and in this book he's sharing his collected wisdom, craftsmanship, and penury with you. It will supply you with the basic skills you'll need to successfully renovate an old wooden boat--any old wooden boat, from a 16-foot canoe to a 50-foot cruiser, and everything in between--provided the boat actually is repairable. You are expected to know a bit about boats and how to work with tools, but you needn't be a master craftsman and after you've read Wooden Boat Renovation, you might come away knowing what is possible and how to accomplish it.

    NZ$66.00 + Delivery

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    By Enric Rosello. Softback, 210mm x 285mm, 0.91 kg 251 pages, Colour Images. 2nd Ediiton. Published 2018.
    The essential guide to fibreglass yacht restoration and repair.

    A thoroughly practical manual on how to give a fibreglass cruising yacht a complete overhaul or to do specific restoration tasks. Filled with hundreds of colour photo-sequences, which detail how to replace the engine, hatches, electrics, plumbing, rigging, gelcoat and much more. Practical advice on when to call in the professionals and when to consider doing work yourself.

    The Restoration Handbook appeals equally to sailors and boat owners who want to overhaul a boat completely and to those who have one or two smaller jobs to do. Although the whole boat is covered, each section is broken down into manageable chunks. Readers can work their way through each job using the clear sequential photographs for step-by-step guidance.

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    By Adlard Coles. Hardcover, 1.09kg, 198m x 252mm, 303 pages, full colour photos. Published 2015.
    Boatowners by nature are often inveterate fiddlers, constantly wanting to improve their vessels, whether it's to make them more comfortable, easier to handle or just simply, more efficient.

    The Boat Improvement Bible is the most up to date, user friendly and hands-on practical manual for boatowners who wish to improve their sailboat or motorboat. It will equip any boatowner with average DIY skills to improve all aspects of their boat: safety, comfort, facilities, storage and performance on the water. Many of these projects will also help increase a boat's value.

    Projects include: installing a heating system, installing hot water and a shower, increasing water tank size, making the heads electric, installing air conditioning or better ventilation, setting up solar or wind power charging for the batteries, fitting a generator, adding a gas alarm, installing interior lighting, adding a bathing platform or boarding ladder, plus much, much more.

    Packed with exploded diagrams, helpful step-by-step photographs and detailed guidance, The Boat Improvement Bible provides a wealth of DIY expertise and advice to enable anyone to improve their yacht or motorboat.

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    THIS OLD BOAT. Completely revised and expanded 2nd edition.
    By Don Casey. Hbk, 223mm x 282mm, 547 pages, black and white illustrations and diagrams.
    Here's how YOU can turn an aging fiberglass classic into a showpiece...and do it on a shoestring budget.
    Now completely revised and greatly expanded, This Old Boat has helped more than 100,000 boatowners upgrade their boats. Whether you are skilled or unskilled, a sailor or a powerboater, this book will show you how to

  • Find the right boat at the right price.
  • Map out an affordable, achievable renovation plan.
  • Work with fiberglass - everything from minor cosmetics to major structural repairs.
  • Renovate rigging, winches, engines, and other mechanical systems.
  • Transfrom the cabin from a cramped, dingy cell into a light, livable home.
  • Repair and modernise plumbing, electrical and refrigeration systems.
  • Give a stunning, mirror-smooth finish to your topsides and brightwork.
  • Make your own dodgers, sail covers, even sails - and much more.

    NZ$97.00 + Delivery.

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    By Editors of Sail magazine. Hbk, 224mm x 286mm, 434 pages, full colour photographs.
    With contributions from leading how-to experts, this wide-ranging collection of projects from BoatWorks magazine ranges from structural, mechanical, and electrical projects to plumbing and cosmetic repairs and improvements. Much of this full-colour guide's information cannot be found in any other book. Nigel Calder, Don Casey, Mark Corke, Peter Nielsen, Charles Doane, Paul Esterle, Charles Mason, Aussie Bray, and other sailboat experts show you with step-by-step photography how to :
  • Buy and survey an older boat.
  • Replace bulkheads.
  • Fix below-the-waterline holes.
  • Repair gelcoat, portlights or rotten cores.
  • Paint, varnish, spray polyurethane, mark a waterline or rebed deck hardware.
  • Choose a mainsail system, install a headsail furler or an inner forestay, assemble rigging terminals, or buld a spinnaker or even a new aluminium mast.
  • Pamper an Atomic 4 gas engine, replace a Cutless bearing, maintain your diesel, and know when it's time to repower.
  • Install a new fuel or water tank, upgrade to wheel steering, replace a propeller or deck hardware, or install seacocks.
  • Troubleshoot electrical problems, install cockpit speakers, or rewire your boat.
  • Replace lifelines, install a forehatch, secure your cabin sole, and much, much more.

    Brought to you by the editors of Sail magazine, America's leading sail-only magazine, BoatWorks is a treasure trove.

    NZ$82.00 + Delivery.

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    By Nidel Clegg. Paperback, 138mm x 217mm, 138 pages, monochrome photographs & drawings.
    This book answers all the DIY boatowner's questions, and provides practical advice on painting every type of material. It explains:
  • Correct surface preparation
  • Correct application methods
  • Epoxies, polyurethanes and enamels
  • Antifouling and thinners
  • Estimating quantities
  • Drying times
  • Brushes, rollers, pads and sprays
  • Colour matching
  • Dealing with defects

    There is also a handy fault finding section for when things go wrong.

    NZ$37.00 + Delivery

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    By Don Casey. Pbk, 185mm x 230mm, 144 pages, monochrome drawings.
    Are those cracks in the gelcoat? Should the deck yield underfoot like that? Are those rivets in the toerail, and why are they loose? Why doesn't the head door close? Should there be rust on the keel bolts? What is that buldge in the hull?
    If any of these indicate real trouble, it is or could become your trouble. Here is all you'll need to learn where to look and what to look for. Whether you're shopping or prioritizing maintenance tasks, this book will save you money and perhaps even disaster.

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    By Don Casey. Paperback, 189mm x 232mm, 141 pages, monochrome illustrations.
    No improvement to a tired-looking boat will have a more dramatic impact than refinishing. And few tasks are easier.
    Here is everything you need to achieve a professional looking finish on your boat's hull, deck, spars, wood trim, and in the cabin. And save a lot of time, money, and grief in the bargain.

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    By Don Casey. Hardback, 189mm x 238mm, 128 pages, Black and White Drawings. 1996
    A fiberglass hull's seamless nature leads many boatowners to conclude that repair must be difficult. Wrong. Here, clearly and abundantly illustrated, is all you need to know to seal joints, bed hardware, replace portlights, locate leaks, fix cracks and even holes, restore your hull's gloss, renew nonskid decks, and much more.

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    By Don Casey. Hbk, 190mm x 240mm, 892 pages, monochrome and colour drawings.
    This book 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.
    More than 2,500 clear and detailed illustrations guide you step by step through every procedure. Casey's technical virtuosity, his user-friendly explanations, and Peter Compton's diesel engine expertise make even the more complicated repairs and improvements easy to understand. This must-have guide saves you time, money, and grief as you learn the fastest, easiest, and most effective ways to:
  • Evaluate the condition of your boat or one you're about to purchase
  • Repair structural damage to your fiberglass sailboat
  • Improve or repair your sailboat's elctrical system
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and repair your boat's diesel engine
  • Put a professional-looking finish on your boat's hull, deck, spars, wood and trim
  • Make and repair sails, sail covers, dodgers, awnings, sailbags, and bimini tops.

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    By Sandy Lindsey. Paperback, 0.28kg, 188mm x 235mm, 152 pages, black and white photographs. Published in 2012.
    Save money and time with these 1,001 tested tips from Sandy Lindsey, a boat-maintenance contributor to Boating magazine for many years. In Quick & Easy Boat Maintenance, Lindsey has culled the best of her years of advice and gathered the top suggestions from her readers. These handy, natural solutions work amazingly well - and are environmentally friendly.
    Boats last longer and look more beautiful with proper care. But that care takes a lot less time when you work smart. See how you can make your winterizing and spring commissioning chores go much faster and learn Lindsey's labor-saving secrets for tackling:
  • Teak, canvas, and carpet care
  • Painting, metal cleaning, and polishing
  • Fiberglass and gelcoat cleaning and repair
  • Engine care and winterizing
  • Mildew - how to get rid of it, how to prevent it
    This second edition is updated with green solutions, information about dealing with ethanol in fuel, how to maintain the new batteries, and an all-new chapter on maintenance aspects of sailboats (sail care, winches, lines, and wire rigging).
    Putting the helpful hints of this book to work can change your boating life. Less time working means more time boating.

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    By Fox Chapel Publishing, 0.43kg, 191mm x 229mm, 160 pages, full colour photographs. Published in 2011.
    Every boat, be it sail or power, wood or fiberglass, stored in the water or on dry land, needs regular maintenance to keep it seaworthy. Proper maintenance can help save money by catching trouble before it starts.
    The Essential Guide to Boating: Boat Maintenance will help you, whether you are new to boating or an experienced boat owner, keep your boat in tiptop shape. From repairing scratched and worn hulls and decks, to fixing engines and tightening fittings, every inch of the boat is covered, including the below-deck quarters. This comprehensive guide also features historical details and examples of real-life events related to boat maintenance that illustrate its importance.
    Learning to care for this valuable possession is part of the fun of owning one. Whether you plan to DIY or hire help, this book is a great guide to have on-board to ensure many years of boating enjoyment.

    NZ$40.00 + Delivery

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    FITTING OUT YOUR BOAT, In Fibreglass or Wood.
    By Michael Naujok. Pbk, 170mm x 240mm, 160 pages, full colour photographs.
    The author has also written Boat Interior Construction, which is a favourite with builders and renovators. This new book will help those who are either fitting out a wooden or fibreglass hull from scratch, or renovating an old yacht.
    It covers:

  • repairing or laying teak decks,
  • refurbishing an old keel or rudder,
  • fitting headlining,
  • replacing deck fittings,
  • stripping down winches or modernising the galley and more…

    The author takes the do-it-yourself boat owner through all the stages of refitting a boat, with the help of detailed photo sequences and step-by-step instructions.

    NZ$45.00 + delivery.

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