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The Fiberglass Boat Repair Manual Hardcover – 1 Jan 1988

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press (1 Jan. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071569146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071569149
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 1.5 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The definitive book on cosmetic repairs, as well as major structural repairs to hulls and decks, delamination, refinishing, blistering, etc.''

The aroma of resin wafting out of this manual is refreshing. This book will save you money and grief before you can say woven roving.''

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"This book will save you money and grief before you can say woven roving."--Sailing

"A comprehensive and accurate work that should benefit almost any owner of a fiberglass boat."--SAIL

"This book will prove a valuable addition to the library of any boat builder or owner who is seriously interested in doing his own repairs, as well as intercepting minor problems before they become major projects."--Boatbuilder

Are there hairline cracks in your boat's deck or topsides gelcoat? Have her color and luster faded over the years? Does she have deck leaks? Has she been holed? Is her hull oilcanning in a sea? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, this book is for you. This is the definitive guide for fiberglass boat repair and beautification, covering not just cosmetic dings and scratches, but also major repairs of structural damage to hull and decks. It will show you how to:

  • replace deteriorated gelcoat, or repair the flaws in an existing gelcoat and recoat it with polyurethane or marine alkyd enamel paint;
  • strengthen a weak and overly flexible hull or deck;
  • tab in loose hull liners and joinerwork;
  • make templates from the good side of a hull to reshape large shattered or missing areas on the other side;
  • repair or replace water-saturated deck cores;
  • repair keels, rudders, and centerboards;
  • rebed and refasten underwater and on-deck hardware;
  • rebed, refasten, and strengthen hull-to-deck joints;
  • fix broken hatches, and make new ones when necessary;
  • treat the symptoms and causes of overstressed hulls.

That beautiful craft swinging at anchor or nestled dockside, her topsides reflecting water and sky like a polished mirror, could be yours. Here's how.

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Format: Hardcover
A really good book , very informative, good stlye with sound visuals. My only critisism is that it assumed the reader had basic knowledge of laying up. Enabled me to build a new transom and cockpit cover enough said
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I bought this book to repair a 19' cabin cruiser that I have. It is a fairly old boat and I wanted to strip it and restore it.

Althought this book is full of description on how to carry out a lot of work, it will still take a lot of research for me to know what I am doing. More illustrations or photos might have made things a bit clearer.

All in all, I think it is a fairly good book though.
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As i am doing major modifications to my boat altering from a outboard designed boat to a inboard diesel engine and a water thrust jet system, i needed to learn a bought the correct and safe way, to fiberglass the grafting of the new components, this a very comprehensive book and instills confidence to carry out the alterations
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It does exactly what it says on the cover of the book completely no nonsense and barely any fluff it just tells you how to get the job done.
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Excellent book, very simple and clear advice which if coupled with reasonable DIY skills enables repairs to be carried out with ease. I also purchased 'Fiberglass Boat Repairs Illustrated', which is also another good book, but is almost identical in content. In preference I would buy this book, it is in my opinion better written. However, you wont regret buying either title.
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Format: Hardcover
Very good book for aswell beginner as advanced finisher/laminator.
Good illustration, clear explanation and handy tips.
Would recommend to other people
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I guess you would have to be a dedicated hobbiest (or boatbuilder) to find the information in this book useful. Unfortunately I am neither.
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