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Powerboat Care and Repair: How to Keep Your Outboard, Sterndrive, or Gas-Inboard Boat Alive and Well / Edition 1

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Do-it-yourself troubleshooting and maintenance prescriptions from the Boat Doctor himself

The boat-maintenance bible for small powerboats, Powerboat Care and Repair covers all you need to know to keep your boat running and looking like a million bucks. You'll find step-by-step guidance on:

  • troubleshooting electrical wire and gear
  • electrolysis and how to protect your boat's underwater hardware
  • the nuts and bolts of boat plumbing, from pumps and seacocks to your boat's head and holding tank system
  • troubleshooting your engine, whether inboard, sterndrive, or outboard
  • a complete winterizing program, including comprehensive checklists for safeguarding your engine and all other freeze-vulnerable equipment
  • springtime commissioning guidelines, including tune-ups, lubrication, and preventive maintenance
  • assembling a maintenance and repair tool kit (including spare parts)

If you'd like to save time and money, get to know your boat inside and out, and acquire the tools, techniques, and troubleshooting skills it takes to be a competent, comfortable boater, this book is for you.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071419468
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 962,784
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Allen Berrien was Boating magazine's "Boat Doctor" columnist for many years. He has over three decades of boat repair and maintenance expertise and is a full-time boat repair expert in a family-owned boatyard on the Connecticut shore.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Introduction ix
Warnings xi
Chapter 1 Cleaning and Exterior Maintenance 1
Chapter 2 Bottom Painting 11
Chapter 3 Troubleshooting Gasoline-Fueled Inboards and Sterndrives 22
Chapter 4 The Care and Feeding of Outboards 40
Chapter 5 Wiring and Electrolysis 54
Chapter 6 Plumbing and Pumps 79
Chapter 7 Winterizing 90
Chapter 8 Commissioning 123
Chapter 9 Tools, Spares, and Emergency Preparedness 142
Index 155
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