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Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual: Including Inspecting the Aging Sailboat, Sailboat Hull and Deck Repair, Sailboat Refinishing, Sailbo [Kindle Edition]

Don Casey
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The definitive guide from the world's best-known sailboat maintenance expert

Don Casey’s Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual combines six core volumes into a single, utterly dependable resource that answers every frequent question, explains every major system, and helps you keep your boat and its components shipshape.

More than 2,500 clear and detailed illustrations guide you step by step through every procedure. Casey’s technical virtuosity, his user-friendly explanations, and Peter Compton's diesel engine expertise make even the more complicated repairs and improvements easy to understand. This must-have guide saves you time, money, and grief as you learn the fastest, easiest, most effective ways to:

  • Evaluate the condition of your boat or one you’re about to purchase
  • Repair structural damage to your fiberglass sailboat
  • Improve or repair your sailboat’s electrical system
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and repair your boat’s diesel engine
  • Put a professional-looking finish on your boat’s hull, deck, spars, wood, and trim
  • Make and repair sails, sail covers, dodgers, awnings, sailbags, and bimini tops


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The definitive guide from the world's best-known sailboat maintenance expert

Don Casey’s Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual combines six core volumes into a single, utterly dependable resource that answers every frequent question, explains every major system, and helps you keep your boat and its components shipshape.

More than 2,500 clear and detailed illustrations guide you step by step through every procedure. Casey’s technical virtuosity, his user-friendly explanations, and Peter Compton's diesel engine expertise make even the more complicated repairs and improvements easy to understand. This must-have guide saves you time, money, and grief as you learn the fastest, easiest, most effective ways to:

  • Evaluate the condition of your boat or one you’re about to purchase
  • Repair structural damage to your fiberglass sailboat
  • Improve or repair your sailboat’s electrical system
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and repair your boat’s diesel engine
  • Put a professional-looking finish on your boat’s hull, deck, spars, wood, and trim
  • Make and repair sails, sail covers, dodgers, awnings, sailbags, and bimini tops

"Astoundingly clear text and line drawing illustrations. The reader can almost feel the hand-holding this book provides through each step of a repair."—Dockside

Don Casey is the author of the universally praised This Old Boat, which has helped tens of thousands of boatowners turn their rundown production boats into first-class yachts. A regular contributor to SAIL and Good Old Boat magazines, he combines more than three decades of sailing, an innate curiosity, a knack for clarity, and an eye for the telling detail to deliver reliable expertise. He and his wife, Olga, cruise the Caribbean aboard their 35-year-old, much-modified Allied Seawind.

About the Author

Don Casey is the author of the universally praised This Old Boat, which has helped tens of thousands of boatowners turn their rundown production boats into first-class yachts. A regular contributor to SAIL and Good Old Boat magazines, he combines more than three decades of sailing, an innate curiosity, a knack for clarity, and an eye for the telling detail to deliver reliable expertise. He and his wife, Olga, cruise the Caribbean aboard their 35-year-old, much-modified Allied Seawind.


Product Details

  • File Size: 43830 KB
  • Print Length: 896 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (October 6, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006N7YEC4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,491 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for the Do-It-Your-Selfer March 29, 2006
Format:Hardcover
This book is a must have for the occasional do-it-your-selfer. Being a compilation of all of the Don Casey books on sailboat maintenance, I find myself pulling this book off the shelf more often than any other maintenance book I own.

I find the drawings and step by step instructions to be well thought out and easy to follow. Geared for the occasional weekend warrior, this book shows you how to do it right while pointing out many of the pitfalls that often accompany a sailboat maintenance project.

I highly recommend it for those like me who own an aging sailboat but don't have a Pentagon sized budget laying on the side to give the yard.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the only book you need (almost) March 13, 2007
Format:Hardcover
This is compilation of 5 Don Casey's books, but only very small portions of material are doubled. There is part on marine diesel, but there isn't on marine gas engine. Fiberglass repair chapter describes only strightforward repairs of the hull. I couldn't find much info about propeler and rudder shafts repairs. But these are my only complains.

Besides it is excellent book full of very clear pictures. Great source of info about materials and paints, great chapter on AC/DC systems etc.

I probably won't buy any other "sailboat repairs" book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No better book for a sailboat owner September 10, 2007
Format:Hardcover
I own a 30 foot sailboat that is just about 30 years old. Although my boat is in overall good condition, there are always things to touch up and fix.

I am extremely happy with this book and refers to it constantly before attemtption a new task. A few of the things I have used the book for:
- Refinishing interior wood
- Maintaining the engine (oil changes, valve settings, shaft alinghtment)
- Maintaining topsides (gelcoat repairs, general maintenance and upkeep, re-sealing deck hardware)
- Electrical work, troubleshooting stray currents and partial re-wiring
- Maintaining and fixing the head
- Canvas work is next. :-)

I am amazed at Don Casey's huge knowledge on sailboat maintenance and repair. I do not think there is a better or more copmlete book on the subject of sailboat maintenance.

I highly recommend this book for all sailboat owners. I can also reconmmend it as a gift.

Fair winds to you!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If there is only one book on your boat... January 9, 2007
Format:Hardcover
As full-time cruising liveaboards for the past 3 1/2 years, I can honestly say that every sailboat owner should have a copy of this fantastic book!

From engine issues to canvas work there isn't any feature about sailboat maintenance Don hasn't covered in good easy to understand detail. When things go wrong (and they always do) his book is the first place I turn to figure out what course of action to take.

For those who wish to do all the work themselves or for those that will hire others, the book will pay for itself many times over without a doubt.

Great illustrations and a subtle wit make this a very enjoyable read.

It's always enjoyable to discover a product that delivers real value and not just fluffy hype... obviously written by a guy who really does know his stuff!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have a Sailboat? You Need This Book! April 8, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Besides the basic required USCG Rules of Navigation, there are only two books I consider absolutely essential to ownership of a sailboat. The first is Nigel Calder's "Mechanical and Electrical Systems for Boats". The other is Don Casey's "Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual". These books complement one another beautifully. Don't leave port without 'em!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book but read the title completely January 5, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is an interesting book that I am enjoying quite a bit. All line drawings, no photos but what seems to be a good cross section of techniques and things to look for. The reason I say read the title completely is that it states (in the Amazon description...the cover of the book does not state the information the same): "Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual: Including Inspecting the Aging Sailboat, Sailboat Hull and Deck Repair, Sailboat Refinishing..." When it says "Including Inspecting the Aging Sailboat", it means the actual book that is sold under a separate cover and in paperback: looks like page for page, chapter by chapter to be the same except that the paperback is in b&w whereas the hardcover that includes the same information includes blue as one of the colors (I bought both...oops). At any rate, I'm not griping about either of the books, just informing that if this book is purchased, buying the paperback is redundant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I just got this book in from Amazon. I need to work on my own 30 year old L. F. Herreshoff designed H-28 sailboat. I ordered two Don Casey books. These books by Don Casey cover 99% of the things which I need to work on, complete with drawings and diagrams. This book gives you an extensive list of information topics for repairing your boat properly. This book is a reference book and doesn't spend a lot of time on any one subject. This book is well worth ordering if you plan on doing any repairs to your sailboat.

Update (2 weeks later):
I've had a chance to look closer at this book and I just reduced my opinion of this book from 5 Stars to 4 Stars. The reason was his explanation on Basic Electronics. I came away scratching my head and wondering what the heck he was saying. This is information from a Physic's Course for people who understand it better. What he considered were his layman's explanations were still over my head.

However, I found his How-To information very useful. Even his How-To on electronics was very useful. But if you need to know exact numbers on how much electricity that you are pulling and how much you need (And you have been out of school as long as I have been), I would suggest ordering an additional book on boat electronics. (I suggest "Boatowner's Illustrated Electrical Handbook" by Charlie Wing.)

Beyond his attempt (failed attempt in my case) at educating the general public on Basic Electronics, this is a good book to have on board your boat for a quick reference to repairs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very handy book.
Published 3 days ago by rdnurse
4.0 out of 5 stars technical and thorough but easy to read
This may not cover everything, but it certainly covers most things. It is very informative, technical and thorough but easy to read. The simple illustrations are very useful. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tait Karlson
5.0 out of 5 stars good book.
Fast shipping, good book.
Published 2 months ago by K7MDL
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Used for consulting time to time.
Published 3 months ago by Jose Ricardo Descardeci
5.0 out of 5 stars If you own a boat BUY THIS BOOK!
It s what it is. One of the best how to books on the market. i waited for4 months to see if it came down or I could find a used none at a better price. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B. Reed
3.0 out of 5 stars A great assist to a boat owner.
Hav't gotten into it yet, but looks very through.
Published 3 months ago by Bill Conlyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive.
Nicely done. Videos would help also. Mine did not come with them.
Published 3 months ago by richard dietzen
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Buyer's Guide
Don Casey is the guru of sailboat maintenance but this book is written more as a buyers guide. The articles read like, "What out for this" and "If you see this, walk... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Newbie essential..
Great book for newbies or review and updates by oldies like me..
Published 5 months ago by Relinda Broom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference, one of the primary ones we use
good reference
Published 5 months ago by R. Crider
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