Surveying Fiberglass Sailboats

Overview

Mustin's part-by-part look at hull, deck, rig, and machinery is both a minicourse for transforming used-boat shopping from a game of craps to a science, and the first step in a holistic boat maintenance program. His discussion of the significance of cracks found in aging hulls and decks is the most thorough in print. He is not shy in assessing the lack of regulation of professional surveyors, nor does he shrink from pointing a finger at shoddy building practices.

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Overview

Mustin's part-by-part look at hull, deck, rig, and machinery is both a minicourse for transforming used-boat shopping from a game of craps to a science, and the first step in a holistic boat maintenance program. His discussion of the significance of cracks found in aging hulls and decks is the most thorough in print. He is not shy in assessing the lack of regulation of professional surveyors, nor does he shrink from pointing a finger at shoddy building practices.

Having a used boat surveyed is a critical prelude to buying it. Yet a professional survey is expensive--several hundred dollars. Surveying Fiberglass Sailboats will enable you to conduct your own surveys while narrowing the field, then monitor a professional surveyor's performance when selecting your target boat.

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Editorial Reviews

Sail
''Books about marine surveying are often overly technical and pedantic. Not so [this book]. . .It's a concisely written primer. . .Mustin is adept at distilling often highly involved subjects, so you should be able to learn the fundamentals of evaluating a vessel's major structures, systems and equipment.''
Practical Sailor
''. . .one book we'd recommend to anyone looking at used boats (or new, for that matter). . .[Mustin's] book shows you what and where to look for signs of trouble.''
Practical Sailor

. . .one book we'd recommend to anyone looking at used boats (or new, for that matter). . .[Mustin's] book shows you what and where to look for signs of trouble.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070442481
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 139
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry C. Mustin, proprietor of H. C. Mustin Co., Yacht & Ship Surveyors, based in Marblehead, Massachusetts, has 20 years in the boat business, 14 of them as a surveyor. He is certified by the National Association of Marine Surveyors in the U.S. and is the only U.S. member of the Yacht Designers & Surveyors Association Ltd. of England.

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Table of Contents

IntroductionChapter 1 The Raw Materials of a Fiberglass BoatChapter 2 Stresses and StrainsChapter 3 Boat PoxChapter 4 Surveying the Principal StructuresChapter 5 Surveying the Mechanical and Electrical SystemsChapter 6 Surveying the Masts and Standing RiggingChapter 7 The Role of the SurveyorChapter 8 Determining the Worth of Your BoatAppendix Compliance ItemsIndex

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