The Boat Improvement Bible: Practical Projects to Customise and Upgrade your Boat

The Boat Improvement Bible: Practical Projects to Customise and Upgrade your Boat

by Bloomsbury USA

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Overview

The Boat Improvement Bible is the most up-to-date, user-friendly, and hands-on practical manual for boat owners who wish to improve their sailboat or motorboat. It will equip any boat owner with average DIY skills to upgrade all aspects of their boat: safety, comfort, facilities, storage, and performance on the water. Many of these projects will also help increase a boat's value.

Projects include installing a heating system, installing hot water and a shower, increasing water tank size, making the heads electric, installing air conditioning or better ventilation, setting up solar- or wind-power charging for the batteries, fitting a generator, adding a gas alarm, installing interior lighting, adding a bathing platform or boarding ladder, plus much, much more.

Packed with exploded diagrams, helpful step-by-step photographs, and detailed guidance, The Boat Improvement Bible provides a wealth of DIY expertise and advice to enable anyone to improve their yacht or motorboat.

With this book in hand, you'll never need to call in the experts!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781408154199
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 858,685
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Welcome to boat improvement 8

Setting up 10

Safety and tools 12

Types of tools 14

A working toolkit 18

Setting up a portable workshop 20

Hull and deck 22

Woodworking skills 24

Cockpit grating 26

Nameplate 28

Dorade vents 30

Passarelle 32

Cockpit table 36

Grab rails 38

Faced-ply cabin sides 40

Faux decks - floor 44

Faux decks - fore and sidedecks 46

Replacing aluminum fittings 48

Pulpit and pushpit 50

Gantries and goalposts 52

Roll reducer 56

Lightweight tiller 58

Bathing platform 62

Davits 64

Canvas and upholstery 66

Care and repair 68

Cockpit cushions 70

Bimini 74

Low profile windscoop 76

Hatch covers 78

Dodgers 82

Lee cloths 86

Domestic 90

The ideal galley 92

Gimballing the stove 94

Galley straps 96

Deck handholds and footholds 98

Fiddle rails 100

Simple veneers 102

Charcoal heater 106

Hot air diesel heating 108

Diesel cooker 112

Fridge and cool box 116

Air conditioning 120

LED interior lighting 122

iPod 124

Domestic tips 126

General mechanics 128

Mechanical skills 130

Manual water pumps 132

Pressurised water 134

Hot water 136

Shower 138

Electrically operated heads 140

Bilge pump and alarms 142

Engine-driven bilge pump 144

Water maker 146

Ventilation 150

Gas alarm 154

Generator 156

Fuel capacity 160

Tank level gauge 162

Windlass 164

Chain counter 166

Wheel steering 170

Bow thruster 172

Stern thruster 176

Trim tabs 178

General mechanics tips 180

Electrical 182

Electrical skills 184

Radar 186

Navtex/AIS 190

Inboard autopilot 192

LED navigation lights 196

Underwater lights 198

Lightning protection 202

Battery-charging inputs 204

Battery capacity 208

Shore power 210

Inverters 212

Electrical and systems tips 216

Mast, rigging and sails 218

Rigging and sail-mending skills 220

Lazy jacks 222

Headsail furling 226

Additional forestay 230

Backstay adjuster 232

Jackstays 234

Deck gear 236

Leading halyards aft 238

Sheeting points 242

Single-line reefing 244

Cruising chute 248

Spinnaker 250

Mast steps 252

Pop-riveting 254

Windvane self-steering 256

Tiller pilot 260

Electric winches 262

Sails and rigging tips 266

Eco upgrades 268

Solar energy 270

Wind power 274

30 electric 278

Fuel cells 282

Better insulation 284

Holding tank 288

Greener' antifouling 292

Glossary 294

Index 300

Acknowledgements 304

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