From the Back Cover
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 other sailing books.