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Surveying Fiberglass Sailboats: A Step-by-Step Guide for Buyers and Owners

Surveying Fiberglass Sailboats: A Step-by-Step Guide for Buyers and Owners

A Step-by-Step Guide for Buyers and Owners

by Henry Mustin
Paperback
Publication Date: 01/01/1994
RRP  $37.95 $36.90
Since the late 1950s, when the first "plastic" sailboat shocked the New York Boat Show, fiberglass boatbuilding has gone through classic growing pains. Longtime yacht broker and marine surveyor Henry Mustin has seen it all: the slow acceptance of those early, heavy boats; the market boom of the lighter boats of the 1970s; the "boat pox" scare of the 1980s; and the continued lack of industry standards that makes buying and owning a fiberglass boat an adventure. In Surveying Fiberglass Sailboats Mustin explains what to watch for in a used sailboat from each era, and how to ferret out the hidden defects in any boat. He shows how to estimate the cost of repairs and the value of a boat. And he addresses the question: When is a fiberglass boat too used up to save? 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.
ISBN:
9780070442481
9780070442481
Category:
Ships & boats: general interest
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
01-01-1994
Language:
English
Publisher:
International Marine Publishing Co
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
139
Dimensions (mm):
236x188x9mm
Weight:
0.26kg

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