Boat Repair and Do-it-Yourself

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Boat Sense: Lessons and Yarns from a Marine Writer's Life Afloat

Boat Sense: Lessons and Yarns from a Marine Writer's Life Afloat

In BoatSense, veteran sailor and writer Doug Logan sets down a rare commonsense approach to boating and boat ownership, with observations and advice from a lifetime around a wide variety of boats. Many readers of sailing magazines and major boating websites will be familiar with his warm and humorous writing style; BoatSense is a collection of some of his best on-the-water wisdom, anecdotes, and practical advice, seasoned with reverence for the life lessons that boating can bring.

In the voice of a deeply knowledgeable friend, Doug describes the thoughts of an experienced boat operator heading out into open water, like a cop on the beat -- monitoring gauges, weather, boat traffic, and the welfare of the crew. He addresses the habits of seamanship needed to safely and happily operate any small boat, power or sail.

As someone with many years of gear-testing experience, Doug has strong opinions on must-have equipment and things that should stay ashore. He favors simplicity and the practices of seamanship over too much technology and "labor-saving" devices. A strong proponent of GPS-based navigation, he also explains why a well-adjusted compass and traditional piloting skills are just as important.

More than providing how-to boating advice, Doug describes the skills and sensibilities that a life around boats can help develop―things like self-reliance, adaptability, a sense of balance between daring and humility, and an appreciation of our place in the grand scheme. His BoatSense collection establishes a poetic reverence for the life in a small boat on the water.
$19.95
Captain Payley's Workshop: 60-plus Tips for Better Boating

Captain Payley's Workshop: 60-plus Tips for Better Boating

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this new book from Capt'n Pauley is worth over 60,000 of them. More than 60 time-tested, boater-approved hints, tips and projects. Each is presented on a separate page and illustrated with a CAD drawing or two. These tips were originally published in Small Craft Advisor magazine. They apply to both power and sail boats and can be grouped into thirteen broad categories: cabin, deck, electrical and electronics, fuel, galley, gear, maintenance, outboards, plumbing, rigging, tools, and trailers. 76 pages. Soft cover.
$13.99
Chinese Sailing Rig

Chinese Sailing Rig

A practical handbook for adapting the junk rig to western style hulls. Emphasis is on practical, straight forward design and construction choices with tested materials and methods throughout. Instructions on sailing the rig, also. Well illustrated.
$18.95
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Cooking Aboard a Small Boat  by Paul Esterle

Cooking Aboard a Small Boat by Paul Esterle

No refrigeration, no running water, no stove, NO PROBLEM!

The definitive book on cooking aboard a small boat from Capt'n Pauley and Ternabout.

This book covers everything from stoves to trash handling, recipes to food types, packaging to organizing, all in one compact book. Pick the right stove and fuel, learn to live without refrigeration and still cook great tasting meals.

Chapters on: cooking fuels and stoves, utensils and tools, organization, preparation, foods and drinks, recipes, hints, tips & tricks and resources: books & websites
$17.95
Cost Conscious Cruiser

Cost Conscious Cruiser

This acclaimed cruising couple reveals how anyone can cruise in champagne style on a beer budget. The essence of making informed, real world decisions on boats, equipment, plans, maintenance to control costs and of making cruising dreams a reality. Many photos, illustrations.
$29.95
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Ditty Bag Book: A Guide for Sailors

Ditty Bag Book: A Guide for Sailors

No sailor should leave the dock without this book! Sailors have used ditty bags to carry sewing equipment, toiletries, and other small items for centuries, and now The Ditty Bag Book teaches modern-day sailors the art form of hand-making ditty bags to use on their own seaward travels. Master sailor Frank Rosenow provides complete, step-by-step instructions in the making of a ditty bag-from cutting material to size to decorative touches-and emphasizes the proper maintenance of rigging and sails using the items stowed in the ditty bag. Included in this handy, portable guide is additional information about the essential tools any sailor should have aboard ship, such as a clasp knife, a hand-seeming palm, beeswax, and a serving mallet. Rosenow also offers an array of advice on repairing sails, splicing, palm-and-needle whippings, chafing gear, and much more! Complete with hand drawings by the author, The Ditty Bag Book is essential for any modern-day sailor. 100 black-and-white illustrations sailor should leave the dock without this book! Sailors have used ditty bags to carry sewing equipment, toiletries, and other small items for centuries, and now.
$14.95
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Fix It and Sail

Fix It and Sail

Find it, buy it, restore it, sail it-and have money left over. That's the thinking behind SCA contributor Brian Gilbert's new book, Fix it and Sail. Step-by-step instructions guide the reader through the restoration process. Trailerable sailboats are the primary focus.
$19.95
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From Truths to Tools by Jim Tolpin and George Walker

From Truths to Tools by Jim Tolpin and George Walker

By Jim Tolpin and George Walker
Illustrated by Andrea Love

By Jim Tolpin and George Walker
Illustrated by Andrea Love

These beautifully-bound hardcover books are signed by author Jim Tolpin.

From the publisher:

Good books give you a glimpse of small truths – about workbenches, joinery or sharpening, for example. Great books, on the other hand, stitch together seemingly disparate ideas to present a new way of looking at the whole world, from your marking awl, to your hand or to the line of the horizon.

“From Truths to Tools” is a hand-illustrated work that masquerades as a children’s book. There are funny drawings. There aren’t a lot of words. You can read the entire 208-page book in one sitting.

But “From Truths to Tools” somehow explains the craft, the entire physical world, our language and geometry in a way that makes you feel like the authors have revealed a huge secret to you. One that has been sitting in front of you your entire life.

The book begins with an explanation of a circle and a single point, and it then shows how those simple ideas can be used to create an entire set of layout tools – a try square, a straightedge, dividers etc. that allow you to build furniture.

Once you understand the language behind your tools, very complicated things become easy to understand. Compound joinery. Fitting odd miters. Making curves that taper.

And once you get those ideas in your head, it’s a short hop to grasp how those same ideas can be applied to building anything of any shape imaginable – skyscrapers, boats, bridges. When you can calculate if a tree will hit you when you fell it in the forest, you’ll be able to calculate the circumference of the earth.

“From Truths to Tools” is the third book from the geometry-loving team of Jim Tolpin and George Walker. Their first book, “By Hand & Eye,” makes the case that simple whole-number ratios are the underpinning to the built world and our furniture. Their second book, “By Hound & Eye,” gives you the exercises that open your eyes to the way geometry and ratios govern our world. And the third, “From Truths to Tools,” shows how geometry creates our tools and, once understood, leads to a deeper grasp of the things we build, the world around us and even our language.
$23.95
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Gear List of the Golden Moon

Gear List of the Golden Moon

What to pack for costal travel in an open boat with notes on anchoring, hazards, money and other helpful things.

This book describes what I took aboard the 18 foot dory Golden Moon rowing and sailing from Alaska to Seattle with a few words on travelling by open boat. If some things are in the way of your open boat travels; like you've got no boat, no gear, no money, no experience with either distance rowing or sailing and no clue where to start, this book is for you. Whether for weekend camping, distance rowing, or the simple happiness of a sunset in an open boat, my hope is that this gear list will be of help to those who walk the docks and feel a certain pull. 84 pages. Soft cover. Signed copy.
$15.95
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Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction

Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction

An expanded, revised, reorganized, updated edition of this exhaustive manual on modern wood/epoxy yacht construction. Extensively illustrated with photos and drawings covering every operation from lofting to launching. Extraordinary volume.
$39.95
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How to Paint Your Boat, 2nd ed.

How to Paint Your Boat, 2nd ed.

Concise, non-technical advice on how to do the job right using contemporary materials and techniques. Covers all paint, varnish situations and application challenges. A fault-finding section deals with when things go wrong. Line drawings and photos.
$19.95
Optimizing the Trailerable Sailboat by Paul Esterle (Capt'n Pauley)

Optimizing the Trailerable Sailboat by Paul Esterle (Capt'n Pauley)

This inch-thick, 325-page spiral-bound volume by our own Technical Editor, Capt'n Pauley Esterle features tip after detailed tip with full explanation on optimizing and upgrading your trailerable sailboat. Just a few of the many topics include: modifying bulkheads, chart tubes, heaters, line storage, food prep, electrical systems, anchor rode storage, sealing cockpit lockers, replacing handrails, painting the boat, installing roller-furling, handhled radios—the list goes on and on.
$29.95
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