Optimize Your Cruising Sailboat: 101 Ways to Make Your Sailboat Better

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Developed for cruising sailboat owners with 24- to 45-foot fiberglass boats,John Roberts' projects:

*improve comfort,handling,seaworthiness,performance,and dockside appeal

*show how to add attractive features such as a deck washdown system,a backstay self-leving radar mount,and more It would be hard to convey to a landlubber all the different ideas,dreams,and emotions that the word sailboat evokes. Freedom,adventure,comfort,security,beauty,mastery,pride of ownership. . . a sailor hopes to find all these and more ...

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Overview

Developed for cruising sailboat owners with 24- to 45-foot fiberglass boats,John Roberts' projects:

*improve comfort,handling,seaworthiness,performance,and dockside appeal

*show how to add attractive features such as a deck washdown system,a backstay self-leving radar mount,and more It would be hard to convey to a landlubber all the different ideas,dreams,and emotions that the word sailboat evokes. Freedom,adventure,comfort,security,beauty,mastery,pride of ownership. . . a sailor hopes to find all these and more in a sailboat. Unfortunately,for most boatowners,a sailboat also represents compromise. Unless you are rich or very lucky,your cruising sailboat scales back some of your dreams and expectations to make room for others. Comfort versus performance,seaworthiness versus accommodations,ease of sailing versus appearance—let's face it,you just can't have it all. Or can you?
In Optimize Your Cruising Sailboat,experienced cruising sailor and author John Roberts outlines affordable techniques for transforming your sailboat from the one you settled for to the one you dream about. Drawing upon his extensive research among sailmakers,riggers,boat designers,boatbuilders,and,of course,other sailors,he describes methods for improving virtually every aspect of your boat and sailing experience,including comfort,ease of handling,performance,dockside appeal,and more.
Optimize Your Cruising Sailboat features hundreds of crystal-clear illustrations along with step-by-step instructions on how to complete more than 100 boat improvement projects ranging from quick,inexpensive improvements you can easily do yourself,like creating a pass-through porthole between galleyand cockpit,to more elaborate projects you may want help with,such as installing a backup headstay. Optimize Your Cruising Sailboat is the total-solutions guide for cruising sailboat owners.

Every sailboat is a compromise,and few sailors are ever completely satisfied with their boat. In this mostly do-it-yourself upgrade guide,you'll find dozens of proven,affordable ideas for enhancing every aspect of your boat.
Developed mainly for owners of 25- to 45-foot cruising sailboats,Optimize Your Cruising Sailboat helps you develop a comprehensive wish list of improvements that would help make yours the ideal boat for you. More than 200 illustrations show you 101 projects for improving your boat's comfort,handling,seaworthiness,performance,and beauty.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071341141
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

John Roberts

John Roberts has been sailing and writing about sailing for more than two decades. He finished his 36-foot cruising sailboat, Sea Sparrow, from a bare hull and has cruised her more than 25,000 miles. His articles have appeared in SAIL, Yachting, and Sailing World. His other books include Fiberglass Boats: Construction, Repair, and Maintenance, Choosing Your Boat, and Why Didn't I Think of That?.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Make Your Boat Better: The Practical Alternative
2 Make Your Boat More Comfortable
Livability; Seakindliness; Security
3 Make Your Boat Easier to Handle
Anchoring; Docking; Fuel System; Headsails; Removable Inner Forestays; Lifting; Mainsails; Piloting; Sail Handling; Steering; Taking on Fuel and Water
4 Make Your Boat More Seaworthy
Guarding against Collision; Keeping Crew on the Boat; Keeping Crew Safe below Deck; Keeping the Ocean outside the Boat; Preparing for Foul Weather; Protecting Rig and Propeller
5 Make Your Boat Sail Faster
Taking Off Weight; Below the Waterline; Above the Waterline
6 Make Your Boat Look Better
Dressing Up Your Boat; Making Your Boat Saltier; Making Your Boat Look More Substantial
Appendix—Marine Vendors
Metric Conversion Table
Index
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