Be Your Own Boat Surveyor by Dag Pike
A hands-on guide for all owners and buyers

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Boats are expensive and they are complicated-unless you are going to pay a professional to carry out a survey (at yet more expense) it is invaluable to be able to:

-Quickly assess a potential purchase for signs of trouble without paying for lengthy reports
-Carry out a detailed check on your own boat the end of the season
-Identify problems and get them dealt with before they get serious
-Get to know your boat in a lot more detail, so if a problem develops at sea you will be more able to cope

Organized into chapters covering: Tools of the trade (basic tools, moisture meters, fingers and feel, smell, mirrors, sources of information); Checking the hull (including wood construction and rot, GRP laminates, osmosis, metal construction, keels, anodes); RIBs and inflatables; Engine and systems; Stern gear; Plumbing; Mast and rigging; Electrical systems; Interiors; Safety equipment. At the end of the book there's a handy guide to carrying out a five minute survey-invaluable when making a quick assessment of a potential purchase.

Highly illustrated, with anecdotes and hands-on advice throughout, this practical book gives readers the tools to do much of the work on their own, and know when to call in the experts.


About Dag Pike

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Dag Pike is a well-known nautical journalist and author with an international reach. He began his career as a merchant captain and went on to test RNLI lifeboats. He has over 20 years' experience in marine surveying, covering vessels of all types. He is the author of several books for Adlard Coles Nautical, most recently The Complete RIB Manual.
Published September 11, 2014 by Adlard Coles. 192 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction