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Simple Boat Maintenance


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Introduction. Engines: Cooling system. 1. Engine overheating due to blockage. 2. Sea water pump. Changing the impeller. Sea water pump leaking. 3. Thermostat. 4. Anti-syphon valve. 5. Other problems. Engines: Fuel system. 6. Fuel pump. 7. Bleeding (venting) air from the fuel system. Engines: Electricity. 8. Drive belts. Engines: Servicing. 9. Servicing the engines. Engines: Other topics. 10. Adjusting valve clearance. 11. Engines mounts. 12. Engines alignment. 13. Winterisation. 14. Engine won't start. 15. Engine won't stop. Fuel System. 16. Fuel contamination. 17. Cleaning the fuel tank. Water System. 18. Recharging the accumulator. 19. Replacing contaminated pipes. 20. Hot water pressure relief valve. 21. Replacing the drinking water filter. 22. Installing isolation and drink valves. 23. Leaking tap washer. 24. Plastic water pipe fittings. 25. Water pump. 26. Water pump filter. Gas System. 27. Checking for leaks. 28. Do I need to replace the gas system components?. 29. The ideal gas system. Electrical System. 30. Formulae. 31. Multimeter. 32. Energy consumption. 33. Batteries. 34. Circuit protection. 35. Connections. 36. Soldering. 37. Wiring. 38. Troubleshooting. 39. AC power. Heads. 40. Clearing blockages. 41. Servicing a manual toilet pump. Bilge and Water Pumps. 42. Henderson MK IV diaphragm pump. 43. Servicing an electric impeller pump. Seacocks. 44. Servicing gate valves. 45. Servicing ball valves. 46. Servicing blakes seacocks. Stern Gear. 47. Cutless bearing. 48. Propellers. 49. Sterngland. Steering. 50. Rudders. 51. Wheel steering systems. Anodes. 52. Changing hull anodes. 53. Changing sail drive anodes. 54. Changing shaft anodes. Antifouling. 55. Removal of old paint. 56. Preparation. 57. Application. 58. Saildrive legs and keels. Fibreglass. 59. Repair of puncture damage to hull the hull. 60. Repairs of stress cracking. 61. Repair of cosmetic blemishes to the gelcoat. Deck Hardware. 62. Fitting a deck vent. 63. Replacing a stanchion base. Leaks. 64. Locating a leak. Winches. 65. Winch servicing. Windlasses. 66. Routines maintenance. Inflatables. 67. Puncture repair.

About the Author

Pat Manley is a keen sailor and one of Practical Boat Owner magazine's team of experts, answering readers' questions on diesel engines. He is also author of Essential Boat Electronics, Diesels Afloat, Practical Navigation, Diesel Companion, Radar Companion and Electrics Companion.


The two aims of this book are preventing problems and curing them when they do happen (even at sea). This is the best-illustrated book ever produced on maintenance and Manley has spent over a year photographing each stage of each topic. This book is an absolute gem. Using very clear graphics and photographs, common maintenance tasks are broken down into simple step-by-step instructions. Each task has an introduction about why and when maintenance should be done, what tools are needed and how difficult the job is considered to be. Even those that claim to have two left thumbs would be able to use this guide. Peter Chennell, Sea Safety Manager, RNLI Offshore News

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