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Charlie Wing
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1 Jun 2007

“Anyone who contemplates any onboard do-it-yourself work should have this book at his or her elbow.”--Cruising World

“This book reduces a boat to its most rudimentary parts in simple drawings and clear explanations. Fascinating to read, it’s a perfect teaching tool.”--Ocean Navigator

Whether you’re a new mariner or a lifetime veteran, How Boat Things Work is a resource you can’t afford to be without. With intricate two-color cutaway drawings of eighty different systems and devices, as well as detailed explanations of how they’re assembled, how they work, and how they can go wrong, this book covers every primary component of your boat's inner workings.

This guided tour “under the hood” of your sailboat or powerboat includes:

  • Engines, transmissions, bearings, stuffing boxes, propellers
  • Steering systems, autopilots, windvanes, compasses
  • Rigging, splicing, line handling, block and tackle, sail controls
  • Anchors and windlasses
  • DC and AC electrical systems
  • Pumps, toilets, seacocks, freshwater systems

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Product details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine; Ill edition (1 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071493441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071493444
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 21.3 x 27.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

“Anyone who contemplates any onboard do-it-yourself work should have this book at his or her elbow.”--Cruising World

“This book reduces a boat to its most rudimentary parts in simple drawings and clear explanations. Fascinating to read, it’s a perfect teaching tool.”--Ocean Navigator

Whether you’re a new mariner or a lifetime veteran, How Boat Things Work is a resource you can’t afford to be without. With intricate two-color cutaway drawings of eighty different systems and devices, as well as detailed explanations of how they’re assembled, how they work, and how they can go wrong, this book covers every primary component of your boat's inner workings.

This guided tour “under the hood” of your sailboat or powerboat includes:

  • Engines, transmissions, bearings, stuffing boxes, propellers
  • Steering systems, autopilots, windvanes, compasses
  • Rigging, splicing, line handling, block and tackle, sail controls
  • Anchors and windlasses
  • DC and AC electrical systems
  • Pumps, toilets, seacocks, freshwater systems

Charlie Wing earned a Ph.D. in oceanography from MIT. Wing lived aboard a cruising sailboat for six years, during which he obtained his U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s license. He is also the author of Get Your Captain's License, Boatowner's Illustrated Electrical Handbook, The One-Minute Guide to the Nautical Rules of the Road, and other boating titles.

About the Author

Charlie Wing is the author/illustrator of a numberof top-selling home maintenance and remodeling books, as well as sixother boating titles.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A picture paints a thousand words. 17 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
If you're the sort of person who always 'feels a diagram coming on' when you are trying to describe a complicated process or intricate device then this book is for you. Every typical onboard system is described beautifully in clear, detailed exploded diagrams which teach you more in two minutes study of them than 20 pages of text could.

Another reviewer has commented that it doesn't teach you how to trim sails. Well, the author doesn't claim that his book will teach you 'how' to sail a boat but it will definitely help you if and/or when you need to identify the cause of some malfunction or to fix a fault yourself.

This book is an essential reference source to have onboard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little read 22 May 2009
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First class production. I found it clear and very informative for someone who sort of knows a bit about engines and boat bits. This confirmed a lot for me. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars how boat things work 19 April 2012
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this book covers every mortal repair or illustration
that is nessary for boating and or understanding
of how things work well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very clear and informative 3 April 2014
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Given as a gift to a yachting novice, I am told it is an excellent guide to construction and working.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very useful manual 3 Mar 2014
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Great for a beginner to help understand the basics. Useful for ready reference. Helpful drawings and diagrams. Why more words?
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