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  • ISBN: 9780071579933
  • ISBN10: 0071579931

This Old Boat

by Don Casey

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill
  • Publish date: 11/01/1991
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Let's say you're a typical low-paid working stiff. You've sailed small boats all your life, you've saved a little money--you're finally ready for a "real cruising boat. You drop in on Tadd, your friendly neighborhood yacht broker, who is more than happy to sell you that brand-new Trickledown 32 for only $90,000, plus a few optional extras like anchors, sails, cushions, a compass, instruments--stuff like that; say, $115,000 ready to sail.<P>"One hundred and fifteen thousand . . . "dollars?"<P>"Not to worry, " says Tadd. "Only 20% down and 10 years of easy payments and you're off into the sunset. Let's see, that's $23,000 down and, at 10% interest, only $1,215.79 per month--plus insurance of course. Send me a postcard from Tahiti."<P>""How much per month? That's half my salary! Don't you have anything in "my price range?"<P>Tadd glances conspicuously at his Rolex, sighing, and points to a characterless Clorox jog with a spindly mast--a hyperthyroid daysailer with bunks for the seven dwarfs; NOT what you had in mind!<P>And then you see it, in the back of the yard, varnish hanging in strips off weather-beaten trim, rigging frayed, sails ripped and stained, dank interior with dangling wires and scurrying anonymous inhabitants. But underneath all the squalor you see the lines of a real cruising boat--a sturdy hull with a sprightly sheer from the pen of a Philip Rhodes or a Tom Gillmer--a fiberglass boat built back when craftsmanship still "meant something.<P>You remember when you bought your house--it looked a lot like this boat, and you and your all-thumbs husband managed to breathe life into "it over time, painting, papering, spackling--"lots of spackling. This boat has"possibilities.<P>"How much?" you ask.<P>"You're kidding, right?" says Tadd, flicking a bit of cobweb from his spotless Breton Reds. "Take it for, say, $8,000?"<P>Sold.<P>Well, now you've got it home, but Bob and Norm aren't there every weekend to help guide you through "this restoration. Where to turn?<P>Turn to "This Old Boat. Don Casey, co-author of "Sensible Cruising: The Thoreau Approach/i>, assumes you know nothing--not even how to use tools--and leads you methodically and good-naturedly through every step of turning a cast-off fiberglass boat into a real show-stopper, including the simplest and most comlete explanation yet of sailmaking--the sailor's darkest and most expensive art. Casey's step-by-step drawings guide you through a simple project--laying up a fiberglass instrument case, for example--then show you how to apply those skills to something more ambitious--like building a new hatch.<P>With this book and the best buyer's market in boating history, you can send Tadd that postcard from Tahiti--and have money to spare.<P>Can't afford that brand-new boat?<P>Take advantage of the best buyer's market in boating history. Turn a rundown production boat into a first-class yacht with "This Old Boat.<P>Whether you are skilled or unskilled, whether you like sail or powerboats, here is everything you need to: <P>Find the right boat at the right priceMap out a logical, affordable renovation planWork with fiberglass--everything from minor cosmetics to major structural repairsRenovate rigging, winches, engines, and other mechanical systemsWork with wood, canvas, and plasticChange the interior from a cramped, dingy dormitory to a light, spacious livable homeRepair and modernize theelectrical, plumbing, and refrigeration systemsAdd a stunning, mirror-like finishMake your own dodgers, sail covers, and SAILS--and much more!<P>"Casey's intelligent, practical advice covers just about everything, and his style is just what the doctor ordered for anyone daft enough to want to fix up an old boat."--"Southern Boating<P>"A great book for anyone on the water."--"Maine Coastal News
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