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Spurr's Guide to Upgrading Your Cruising Sailboat Hardcover – Apr 14 2006

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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 3 edition (April 14 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071455361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071455367
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 2.5 x 28.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 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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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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HASH(0xa1dd22d0) out of 5 stars Don't Go Offshore Without It April 20 2006
By John Matlock - Published on
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
HASH(0xa1dd2324) out of 5 stars a must have for anyone considering a cruising career on a budget Jan. 8 2008
By C. Northcutt - Published on
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
HASH(0xa1dd275c) out of 5 stars Outstanding all around sail book July 30 2007
By P. Lee - Published on
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
By Oleg Tognon - Published on
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.
HASH(0xa1dd2c00) out of 5 stars Spurr's Guide to Upgrading Your Cruising Sailboat 3rd Edition May 12 2009
By Gene Wells - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Well-written by a man of letters in cowboy English that even this old okie can fathom, this tome is right up there beside Don Casey's This Old Boat and covers every facet of every single detail which a singlehander or a fellow with a large family aboard who has or is about to make the decision to take a sailboat offshore rightly ought to consider. This is first hand knowledge, everyone. It is also well researched for the best brands to buy by name without any advertising hype thrown in, not even a scrap. Oh, and take it aboard with you when you shove off just in case, Heaven forbid, that something you forgot to do causes a breakdown in a place where you don't speak the language. Bon voyage