Know Your Boat : The Guide to Everything That Makes Your Boat Work

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Know Your Boat is here to rescue the millions of boaters who have always been afraid to peer into their boat’s innards for fear of what they’ll find. Here at last is the humorous, user-friendly guide that will give a timid skipper the courage to grab a wrench and tame the savage beast in the bilge (or at least make its acquaintance). Assuming no mechanical aptitude, David Kroenke provides readers with an easy-to-read introduction to the use and maintenance of the many systems found on today’s typical power or ...
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Overview

Know Your Boat is here to rescue the millions of boaters who have always been afraid to peer into their boat’s innards for fear of what they’ll find. Here at last is the humorous, user-friendly guide that will give a timid skipper the courage to grab a wrench and tame the savage beast in the bilge (or at least make its acquaintance). Assuming no mechanical aptitude, David Kroenke provides readers with an easy-to-read introduction to the use and maintenance of the many systems found on today’s typical power or sail boat, including: engine, electricity, electronics, plumbing, refrigeration, windlasses, pumps, and steering system.
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Know Your Boat is here to rescue thousands of Rhode Island boat owners who have always hesitated to peer into their boat's innards for fear of what they'll find.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071361347
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/2/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 959,028
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

David Kroenke has been a sailor since 1971 and currently owns a Mason 44. He has cruised the West Coast extensively, roamed the Inside Passage and the coast of British Columbia, and sailed to Mexico and back. His next Big Trip is a voyage to the Marquesas. Although he holds a Ph.D. in engineering, he claims his chief qualification for writing Know Your Boat is the self-education process he undertook after spending piles of money in boatyards.

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Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments1. What Were You Thinking? The Beginning; Reality Sets In; The Process for Getting to Know Dulcinea2. Keeping Your Boat AfloatThrough-Hulls; Types of Through-Hulls; The Through-Hull Inventory3. Engine BasicsHow Engines Work; Maintenance; Engine Troubleshooting; Are We Having Fun Yet? 4. Boat ElectricityBasic Ideas; A Basic Electrical System; A More Elaborate Electrical System (with Generator and Inverter); Electrical System Maintenance5. Freshwater Plumbing and WatermakersUnderstanding Your Freshwater System; Fixing Water Pressure Problems; Watermakers6. Marine ToiletsUsing Your Head; Basic Head Design; Toilet Problems7. Stoves, Sinks, and RefrigerationStoves and Ovens; Sinks; Refrigeration8. Steering, Autopilots, and WindlassesSteering Systems; Autopilots; Wind Vanes; Windlasses9. Sailboat RiggingStanding Rigging; Running Rigging10. Getting Ready for the Big TripThe Schedule; Your ListAppendix 1. Spare PartsAppendix 2. Tool KitIndex

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