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Fix It and Sail Everything You Need to Know to Buy and Retore a Small Sailboat on a Shoestring

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ISBN-10: 0071458093

ISBN-13: 9780071458092

Edition: 2006

Authors: Brian Gilbert

List price: $29.00
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Brian Gilbert presents a guide to finding a small cruising sailboat and how to restore it to pristine condition on a budget that won't sink boatowners.
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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 1/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.30" long x 0.42" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Brian Gilbert (Chattanooga, TN) is a lifelong sailor who lived aboard a Catalina 27 for four years. His total restoration of a basket-case trailer-sailer is documented in International Marine's forthcoming title Fix It and Sail (January, 2006). He recently sold Fluke, the MacGregor Venture 222 sailboat that was the subject of that book, and purchased another used trailer-sailer, a Montgomery 17. He is a frequent contributor of how-to articles for magazines such as Good Old Boat, Small Craft Advisor, and DIY Boatowner, and he writes and edits a newsletter for blacksmiths.

Why Restore a Small Boat? Economics, Practical Considerations, and Having It Your Way
Reducing the Costs of Sailing
Cash Value
Emotional Reasons
Which Boat?
Physical Location of the Boat
The Self-Survey
Resources and Choices for the Small Boat Sailor: Books, Websites, Magazines, and a Look at a Few Boats
Where to Get good Information
My Short List of Commonly Available Boats to Restore
Cal 20
Cal 25
Oday 22
Catalina 22
Com-Pac 16
Pearson 22
Tanzer 22
Bristol 24
Irwin 23
Venture 21
Venture 22
MacGregor 23 (Venture of Newport)
MacGregor 24 (Venture 24/Venture 224)
MacGregor 25 (Venture 25)
What I Finally Chose
Getting Ready: Safety, Tooling, and Setting Up Shop
Getting the Boat Home and Getting It Ready
Boat Restoration Without Restorative Surgery
Getting Tooled Up
Setting Up Shop
Getting Started: Restoration Strategies, Cleaning, and More
The Plan
Strip Search
Scraping the Exterior
About Epoxy and Fiberglass
Rebuilding the Keel
Moving Right Along: The Interior
Small Boat Wiring
Painting the Exterior
Bottom Paint
Painting the Deck
Hardware Mounting
Boat Joinery and Woodworking: Materials, Techniques, and Procedures
Wood Choices
Marine Plywood and Alternatives
Adhesives and Fastenings
Marine Metalwork: Cost-Effective Solutions for the Small Sailboat
Simple Corrosion
Surface Preparation
Electrolytic Rust Removal
Galvanic Corrosion
Electrolytic Corrosion
About Stainless
Marine Metal Fabrication
Welding Stainless
Fabricating without Welding
Canvaswork and Upholstery: Sewing Basics for Small Boats
Sewing Machines
Odds and Ends
The Rig: Inspection, Repair, and Replacement
Standing Rigging Inspection and Repair
End Fittings
Restoring Tangs and Chainplates
Running Rigging
Mainsheet Traveler
Relocating the Winches
Replacing Halyard Cam Cleats
Replacing Jibsheet Lead Blocks
The Sails
Outboard Motors: A Cost-Effective Power Plant
About Outboards
Evaluating a Used Motor
Buying Locally
Visual Checks
Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines ...
Checking Compression
Principles of Operation
Regular Maintenance
Electric Outboards
Sea Trials and Commissioning: Finishing It All Up
Outfitting for Sailing
Electronic Equipment for Small Boats
The Payoff
A Replacement Rudder
Making Oars
Trailer Restoration
Costs to Restore a 1972 MacGregor Venture 222
Restoration Log
A Boat Restoration Photo Album
Restoration Resources