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Boat Mechanical Systems Handbook: How to Design, Install, and Recognize Proper Systems in Boats [Hardcover]

Dave Gerr
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1 Feb 2009

The First Ever Guide for Optimizing Boat Systems

This guide is invaluable for anyone designing or installing mechanical systems on a new boat, retrofitting an existing boat, or evaluating a boat's operating condition. Writing for designers, builders, owners, buyers, mechanics, surveyors, and insurers of sailboats, powerboats, and commercial vessels, Dave Gerr provides design and installation guidance for each major mechanical system plus pragmatic guidelines and real-world interpretations of American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) and European standards. No marine professional or serious boater should be without Boat Mechanical Systems Handbook.

"Dave Gerr has a knack for breaking down the more esoteric concepts of naval architecture into language that’s easily understood by the layman, which is one of the reasons why his writing often appears in the pages of SAIL. Another reason is his deep practical knowledge of the intricacies and subtleties of boat construction and systems, and the way they relate to each other. The subhead of Boat Mechanical Systems Handbook says it all--'how to design, install and recognize proper systems in boats.' Light reading this isn’t, but if you’re about to refit your boat or upgrade outdated systems, perhaps with some serious voyaging in mind, this book is a worthwhile investment. This is a unisex book, for both powerboaters and sailors; there’s no mention of sailing rigs, but every other conceivable system is covered more or less exhaustively."
--PETER NIELSEN, SAIL, November 2009

Praise for Dave Gerr's previous books:

The Elements of Boat Strength:
“Certain books, because of their thoroughness, tend to become industry standards; such is the case with The Elements of Boat Strength.”
--Ocean Navigator

Propeller Handbook:
“The best layman's guide we've ever read.”--Practical Sailor

“Gerr made a complicated topic understandable and put it into a handbook that is easy to use.”

The Nature of Boats:
“Offers, in a disarmingly charming fashion, a look at all aspects of what makes a boat work. If you are not nautically obsessed prior to reading this book, you most certainly will be afterward.”

Product details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine; 2nd Ed edition (1 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071444564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071444569
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 22.1 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 994,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Gerr is the director of the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology--the only accredited distance-learning school of small-craft design in the United States--and since 1983 the principal of Gerr Marine, Inc., a designer of yachts and commercial vessels. A fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, he is the author of Propeller Handbook, The Elements of Boat Strength, and The Nature of Boats, all from International Marine/McGraw-Hill.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent from page 1 to the end 2 Mar 2012
The wealth of info you can find in this book is worth at least three times the cost of it.
As a naval architect, through the years I've gathered plenty of information about the topics dealt with in this book, but even though, after half an hour I had found many useful things.
Topics covered are: shaft lines (from engine beds to propeller nuts), fuel systems, exhaust systems, rudders and steering, ventilation, air conditioning and heating, bilge&firefighting, freshwater&sewage, anchoring.
The appendix on international pipe standards is the clearer explanation on this confusing subject I've ever come accross.

It is just missing a chapter on hydraulic systems, otherwise this book would have been an absolute 10.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mechanical systems 17 May 2010
By Bobbie
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Not at all what I expected... or wanted.
Written by an american for a pretty simplistic market..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutelly amazing 26 Sep 2009
By Slawomir Kot - Published on Amazon.com
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Absolutely amazing hanbook. I think Dave Geer can read in my mind and writte directly about 99% of my designing troubles, problems ang give me recipes.
Very clear written, 110% usefull.
I live not in USA, not in England or other country with english language. For me very important is easy language. This book has easy for foreigners language and very good ilustration.
This is my third book of Dave Gerr. Ones again the best choice
If I can, I give six star for this book
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a 'MUST HAVE' boaters book ! 3 Jun 2009
By George L. Ray - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are doing a new buildout, restoration or planning to do either this book MUST join those by Nigel Calder (Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual: How to Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat's Essential Systems) and other great authors, on your reference shelf. The details provided for various systems include historical examples, numerous sketches, photos and engineering formulas and careful attention to international standards and measurments. The boating world is a better place because of this book. I have a nautical library with over 700 volumes and this book will go go immediately to "most treasured" status!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gerr's latest (Mechincal systems) 25 Feb 2009
By nofacey - Published on Amazon.com
Another bible for home boat builders and designers. This and Gerr's propeller handbook are must haves.

Why? Covers a wide range of key boat systems (steering, exhaust, tanks, etc)to a level just not found anywhere else. Drawings, pictures, and well written experiences - interesting reading as well as a solid reference book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but. 21 July 2013
By tom28571 - Published on Amazon.com
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Like Dave Gerr's other books, which I have and like, this one is fairly comprehensive but only in the area covered. The problem with it is that it is limited to large powerboats and if your interest is in smaller or trailer sized powerboats, there is not enough meat here to warrant buying it. Much of the information that is suitable for smaller boats is also in his or other books.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done 22 Dec 2010
By Clint Aust Centre - Published on Amazon.com
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Dave's books are always down to earth and practical, and this is the best of all his books. Most boat design books give lofty and impractical theories whereas Dave has drill down to tried and true solutions. Better still he explains why we need to follow the principles and every now and then gives a back story that illuminates the topic even more.
As an amatuer boat builder this book is dog eared through use. It is beside me in the studio and then used as a practical check in the workshop.
I buy all of Dave's books but this is the standout. Well Done.
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