Outfitting the Offshore Cruising Sailboat

Overview

Several books have been offered on buying used sailboats for the purpose of long distance voyaging including John Vigor's 20 Small Sailboats and Gregg Nestor's Twenty Affordable Sailboats. The used boats reviewed in these books are all available to those on a modest budget, and there are plenty other used fiberglass production boats out there which are solid candidates for the would-be cruiser. In
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Overview

Several books have been offered on buying used sailboats for the purpose of long distance voyaging including John Vigor's 20 Small Sailboats and Gregg Nestor's Twenty Affordable Sailboats. The used boats reviewed in these books are all available to those on a modest budget, and there are plenty other used fiberglass production boats out there which are solid candidates for the would-be cruiser. In
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780939837991
  • Publisher: Paradise Cay Publications
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,362,477
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter I. Berman has cruised more than 100,000 miles in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Caribbean Oceans over the past 45 years in nearly a dozen different designs ranging from traditional CCA designs to modern high-performance craft. He's owned and extensively refit a wide variety of craft: medium to large wooden and fiberglass ketches, centerboard ketches, sloops, cutters, aft cockpit, and center cockpit designs.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments iv

Preface viii

Introduction ix

1 The Rig 1

Masts 4

How Well Was She Built in the First Place? 5

Beware Corrosion 9

Problem Areas 11

Watch Those Spreaders 12

How's She Set? 14

Keep it Simple, Sailor 15

Wire Shroud Terminal Ends 15

Turnbuckles and Toggles 18

Jib Furlers 20

Mainsail Furlers 22

Full Length Battened Mainsails 24

Sails 25

Sailing Hardware 26

Boom Vangs and Preventers 32

Lines and Sheets 34

Split Rigs 36

Mast Electrics 37

Grounding the Mast 39

2 The Engine 43

Marine Diesels 44

Engine Installation Improvements 47

Engine Spares 49

Power Boat Engine Installation Insights 52

3 Ground Tackle 57

Double Bow Rollers 60

Anchors 62

Shackles 57

Chain and Nylon Rodes 68

Windlasses 76

4 Safety Gear 81

Keeping the Vessel Afloat 85

Staying Afloat When the Vessel is Lost 88

Communication Gear 90

Keeping Crews Afloat 91

Fire Extinguishers 93

Propane Stoves 94

Visibility 95

Comprehensive Medical Kits 97

Dinghies 97

Automated Information System 99

5 Interior Equipment 101

Autopilot 102

Refrigeration 107

Desalinators 112

Electronic Navigation 116

Radar 117

GPS 121

Pressure Water 127

Lighting 130

Heating 132

6 Electric Installations 133

Batteries 134

Distribution Bus 138

Switchboards 141

Connection Boxes 143

Shore Power Cables 144

Electric Wire and Cable 144

Battery Charging 146

The Electric Tool Kit 147

7 The Hull 151

CCA Hull Designs 152

Problem Areas 156

Bulkheads, Chainplates, and Mast Steps 160

Rudders and Steering Gear 162

Decks 164

8 The Cockpit 169

Aft Cockpits 173

Center Cockpits 177

Center Cockpit Enclosures 182

9 Accommodations 189

Berths 193

Heads 196

Galley 200

Chart Table 207

Table 209

Lockers 210

Ventilation 211

Hatches 215

10 Buying the Boat 217

The Market 217

Some Pearls of Advice For Buying a Cruiser 219

The Professional Broker 231

An Old Pricing Rule of Thumb 234

The Survey 236

11 End Note 245

Index 249

About the Author 256

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