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          “This well-presented volume is a guide to making the best use of boatyard time and facilities by careful planning and good organisation…his examples and explanations helped reduce the fear factor and should improve my conversations with professionals or even my ability to have a go.” – Yachting Monthly

The Boatyard Book is a fully illustrated 224 page practical reference manual that provides advice for boat owners on planning and carrying out annual maintenance, repairs, upgrades and refits of sailing yachts and motorboats, up to 20 metres in length.

What does caring for a boat involve?

Boat care requires understanding the importance of knowing how and when to carry out boat inspections in order to troubleshoot problems before they develop into major issues.

Boat care also entails understanding when and how to carry out essential annual maintenance tasks. If major repairs and refits become necessary, a knowledgeable boat owner with greater understanding of what needs to be done will be in a better position to remain in control of the process and be confident when dealing with boatyard managers, professionals and suppliers of services and parts. All these aspects of boat care are dealt with in The Boatyard Book.

What is covered in the book?

Beginning with all the information owners will need to care for their boat, including how to budget and plan tasks to be done through the year, The Boatyard Book goes on to help them choose the best boatyard for their needs, then provides essential how-to reference material and ideas for a comprehensive range of projects large and small to be carried out ashore.

There’s advice and tips from boatyard owners and managers, specialists and surveyors, as well as from the author’s own 25 years experience of boat ownership, all fully illustrated with step-by-step photos and illustrations.

Topics covered in the book include:

  • laying up
  • hull and deck care
  • mast and rigging
  • sail care
  • engines
  • electrics
  • maintenance of plumbing and gas systems
  • more complex projects, including re-wiring a boat, overhauling an engine, how to treat osmosis and how to go about a complete refit

Expert tips and advice

The inclusion of advice and tips from experts provides very valuable information for owners, whether they are hands-on DIY fanatics or are happy to pay others to do the work for them. The advice given will help owners to save money when any work needs to be done. This will apply to those who keep their yachts abroad as well as closer to home.

The Boatyard Book includes case studies of real life experiences, not just step-by-step instructions on “how to” but clearly demonstrating pitfalls, difficulties encountered along the way and how problems were solved and the work finally completed. This will help owners to manage their expectations, to expect certain types of work to be more difficult and take longer than they anticipate and help them decide whether they are able to undertake the work themselves or better advised to call in the professionals.

This is a book to be kept at the yard, or on the boat, and used time and time again by those who are either happy to keep things ticking along with the minimum of effort or by those who want to get stuck into bigger projects.

            “This well-presented volume is a guide to making the best use of boatyard time and facilities by careful planning and good organisation…his examples and explanations helped reduce the fear factor and should improve my conversations with professionals or even my ability to have a go.” – Yachting Monthly

A lifelong sailing enthusiast, Simon Jollands has filmed many major sailing events as well as producing and directing several sea safety films for the RNLI. He is the co-founder of Safe Skipper Apps and is author of The Boatyard Book, Safe Skipper and Reeds Lights, Shapes and Buoyage Handbook, all published by Adlard Coles.

See more and buy the book here: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/boatyard-book-9781472977106/

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The Boatyard Book: A boatowner’s guide to yacht maintenance, repair and refitting: Amazon.co.uk: Simon Jollands: 9781472977106: Books

Product details

Published 02 Sep 2021
Format Flexiback
Edition 1st
Extent 224
ISBN 9781472977106
Imprint Adlard Coles
Illustrations Colour photography and diagrams throughout
Dimensions 246 x 189 mm
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

 

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