Inspecting the Aging Sailboat

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Step by step, picture by picture, here is a complete reference on evaluating the condition of fiberglass sailboats using common sense and proven advice rather than complicated methodology. Current owners will find out how to prioritize maintenance tasks or prepare a boat to sell, while prospective owners will learn how to find good value and avoid pitfalls. "Surveying" a boat conjures an image of complex diagnostics using moisture meters and ultrasound. But premier boating writer Don Casey shows that, most of the time, owners and shoppers can learn what they need to know by rapping, poking, looking, and listening. Hull, deck, rig, interior, engine, electrical system--all are covered in a lavishly illustrated format. Casey also guides readers through the process of hiring a professional surveyor, but it won't often be necessary. Whether maintaining or shopping, readers can save hundreds, even thousands, of dollars in survey fees with the help of this peerless guide.

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Become an Expert Judge of Used Sailboats

Step by step, the author of the bestselling This Old Boat shows you how to evaluate the condition of an older fiberglass sailboat—the one you own or the one you'd like to purchase. Don Casey's expert advice helps you:

*Assess the condition of a used sailboat in 30 minutes
*Prioritize maintenance and repair tasks for a boat you already own
*Catch potential problems early
*Know where to look and what to look for (and how to interpret what you see)

A professional survey is recommended before purchasing a boat—and usually required for financing—but with Inspecting the Aging Sailboat, you can consider and reject any number of boats before settling on "the one." This book will streamline your used-boat shopping while saving you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in professional survey fees.

Don Casey is one of today's best and most trusted do-it-yourself boating writers. His nine books include the bestselling This Old Boat and Sailboat Electrics Simplified. He writes the long-running "Ask Don Casey" column for BoatUS.com and is a monthly columnist for Sailnet.com and a regular SAIL magazine contributor.

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The tolerance of fiberglass for neglect and abuse is legendary--and an astounding number of sailboats built in the last 35 years are still around. There are bargains aplenty--and the best one of all, with some overdue attention, just might be the boat you already own. 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 bulge 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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