Spurr's Guide to Upgrading Your Cruising Sailboat Hardcover – Apr 14 2006
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Is your boat ready to go cruising?
Just about every sailboat―used and new―can make a good cruiser, but only if the hull-deck structure, rig, and systems meet certain standards. Spurr’s Guide to Upgrading Your Cruising Sailboat tells you what those standards are, and gives you all the help you need to refurbish and upgrade every structure, surface, fitting, and system on your boat―stem to stern, project by project.
This all-in-one guide leads you step by step to a seaworthy, crew-friendly boat with top-notch cruising performance. Not only will you learn what to look for when you buy a new or used boat, you'll also learn how to reinforce your boat’s hull and structural components, redesign and replace rigging, upgrade electrical systems, and much more. Special features include:
- A detailed survey of 70 used and new fiberglass sailboats best suited to offshore sailing
- Gear and equipment recommendations by brand name
- Construction details and other essential features of a strong, safe cruising boat
- How to make critical repairs to the deck, hull, bulkheads, blisters, and portlights
Daniel Spurr is editor-at-large of Professional Boatbuilder magazine and the author of seven sailing books. He has been senior editor of Cruising World magazine and for twelve years was the editor of Practical Sailor. He has owned and upgraded eight sailboats.
“Just the right ticket for those of us who have discovered the boat we own is not the ideal cruising vessel.”―Sailing
“An extraordinary approach to refurbishing and structurally upgrading an older fiberglass sailboat for offshore cruising. Excellent illustrations.”―Good Old Boat
“A must-have book. The electrical and instrument chapters are outstanding.”―Southern Boating
“This long-awaited book bridges the gap between the theoretical and the practical aspects of sailboat design, construction, and renovation.”–Robert Perry, yacht designer
“This book sets a new standard of excellence by which any future texts must be judged. I heartily recommend it for anyone who is contemplating building or buying a cruising sailboat.”–Meade A. Gougeon, Gougeon Brothers, Inc.
About the Author
Dan Spurr is the editor-at-large of Professional Boatbuilder magazine and the author of seven sailing books. He has been senior editor of Cruising World magazine and for twelve years was the editor of Practical Sailor, the consumer report of the sailing world, for whom he recently edited a book-length collection of sailboat reviews. He has owned and upgraded eight sailboats.
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He spends the next couple of pages showing what he did in rebuilding the rudder. After it was finished a friend came by and showed him a rudder that was much easier to make from scratch rather than go through this whole process.
This says to me that first he knows what he is doing in repairing the rudder, and second that he is not ashamed to admit that sometimes he can still learn things.
This kind of attitude is carried throughout the book. Instead of a lot of publicity photographs supplied by manufacturers, he has taken most of the pictures himself. It is clear from the variety of the pictures, that he has 'been there, done that.'
I also liked his comments on what he calls 'Good Old Boats.' Most of us can't afford the prices of new boats, and his comments about some of the older boats he considers suitable for offshore sailing.
All in all, don't plan a long trip without reading this book first.
I have read just about every one of Dan's book and this is the BEST. I have many sailor friends whom also live and die by this book.
A MUST HAVE