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Spurr's Guide to Upgrading Your Cruising Sailboat Hardcover – Mar 24 2006

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 3 edition (March 24 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071455361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071455367
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 22.5 x 27.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #425,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By pturje on Nov. 28 2010
Format: Hardcover
A comprehensive guide to choosing and upgrading an older "classic plastic" cruising sailboat filled with Bruce Bingham's wonderful illustrations, complete with his trade mark cats and mice. Spurr has cruised extensively in his own projects. This experience, coupled with Bingham's obvious professional influence, has resulted in a valuable addition to the sailboat owners library. Add this to your copies by Don Casey and Nigel Calder and you have everything you need. Four stars only because Calder gets five. Recommended.
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Don't Go Offshore Without It April 20 2006
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Some books that you read just come across with the ring of truth. This one does. I think that this is best explained by referring to one short example. On page 60 he reports that he noticed rust stains on the rudder of his boat. Upon finding out that the rudder had a mild steel web in the middle he decided to rebuild it. After all, you really don't want the rudder coming apart half way across the ocean.

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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
a must have for anyone considering a cruising career on a budget Jan. 8 2008
By C. Northcutt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The first chapter starts out with a very readable but detailed discussion on the tradeoffs of the different types of cruising vessels. The rest of the book provides similiar commentaries for all of the different components and systems of cruising boats, with the voice of "been there done that" but a nice blend of personal preference toned by a sense of objectivity. While comprehensive, the technical jargon is well introduced, and never overbearing. Lots of illustrations, pictures and anecdotes make for enjoyable reading on it's own right. A must read for anyone seriously contemplating purchasing a cruising sailboat.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding all around sail book July 30 2007
By P. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dan is the expert in boat know-how. This guide is great for all sailors as it includes project ideas and tips from simple to complex things that are on your boat.

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.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Feb. 7 2009
By Oleg Tognon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Very good book. Complete, easy to read, well illustrated. If you are beginning an upgrading project or just want to know more about sailboat systems and structures this is a very good starting point. Very good gift for a sailor friend.
Good but confusing Oct. 4 2011
By Tirooriroo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Unfortunately it is a good book but if you want to find something specific it is nearly impossible. Chapters are put in order in a strange way so that information for the same matter is "scattered" all over the book.

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