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How Boat Things Work: An Illustrated Guide Paperback – May 14, 2007
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“Anyone who contemplates any onboard do-it-yourself work should have this book at his or her elbow.”--Cruising World
“This book reduces a boat to its most rudimentary parts in simple drawings and clear explanations. Fascinating to read, it’s a perfect teaching tool.”--Ocean Navigator
Whether you’re a new mariner or a lifetime veteran, How Boat Things Work is a resource you can’t afford to be without. With intricate two-color cutaway drawings of eighty different systems and devices, as well as detailed explanations of how they’re assembled, how they work, and how they can go wrong, this book covers every primary component of your boat's inner workings.
This guided tour “under the hood” of your sailboat or powerboat includes:
- Engines, transmissions, bearings, stuffing boxes, propellers
- Steering systems, autopilots, windvanes, compasses
- Rigging, splicing, line handling, block and tackle, sail controls
- Anchors and windlasses
- DC and AC electrical systems
- Pumps, toilets, seacocks, freshwater systems
Charlie Wing earned a Ph.D. in oceanography from MIT. Wing lived aboard a cruising sailboat for six years, during which he obtained his U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s license. He is also the author of Get Your Captain's License, Boatowner's Illustrated Electrical Handbook, The One-Minute Guide to the Nautical Rules of the Road, and other boating titles.
About the Author
Charlie Wing is the author/illustrator of a number of top-selling home maintenance and remodeling books, as well as six other boating titles.
Top Customer Reviews
This is not really a reading-book, but is more of a reference. A discussion of membrane pumps is pretty darn dry, unless you suddenly need to know how to open the fool thing and fix it. Then, this book is just what you need. The author tells you he is discussing a certain model of pump or engine, but chances are yours is at least somewhat simular.
I found the discussion of waste-water plumbing to quite useful. As I eyeball boats, I now have a clearer idea of what I am looking at. This book is more suitable for a boat-owner than a boat-shopper like me, nevertheless I found it worth my time.
I cannot imagine not having a copy of this book on board.
But this book has opened her eyes! She now expects to be able to actually understand the different boat systems, and retain knowledge past the test. This is amazing because she is also a teacher herself.
Very well presented, with clear written descriptions, and many excellent illustrations. This is an excellent teaching tool.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great conceptual overview of every system on my boat. Not necessarily a fix-it type of book but as advertised, gives you the complete view of how the system is supposed to work. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Steven
The book my submarine mechanic friend wishes she'd had a decade agoPublished 6 months ago by Sunny Allen
I learned a tin from this book. I've boated and worked on my boats for over 30 years. I've learned how things go together. This book answers the "why".Published 8 months ago by paul berlinguet
Great book with great explanations.
Especially good if you have a small Yanmar engine as that is the basis for many of the discussions.
Very good and recommendable book for a novice. It is very clearly describe what I want to know.Published 9 months ago by jongwoon choi
This is a very basic guide suitable for the novice or one who is not mechanically inclined.
Interesting material, though.