This article is from the Boats FAQ, by John F. Hughes with numerous contributions by others.
PRACTICAL YACHT JOINERY, Fred P. Bingham, How to butcher
wood, whether you have only hand tools, portable power tools, or a full
UPGRADING AND REFURBISHING THE OLDER FIBERGLASS
SAILBOAT, W.D. Booth., A good general discussion of the topic with
many useful ideas.
SHIPSHAPE AND BRISTOL FASHION, L.R. Borland, Some of the
slickest little boat project ideas I've ever seen. Out of print but worth
BOATOWNER'S MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL MANUAL, Nigel
Calder, The most comprehensive and practical repair manual available.
This book has been a lifesaver for me in overhauling an older boat. One of
the books I would not sail without.(mh).
MARINE DIESEL ENGINES, Nigel Calder, A good basic introduction to
diesels, although much of it concerns powerboats.(mh).
REFRIGERATION FOR PLEASURE BOATS, Nigel Calder, A complete
discussion of marine refrigeration systems, theory and practice. This is for
the person who wants to build one up from components.(mh).
THIS OLD BOAT, Don Casey, Some of the most detailed instructions
I've seen for basic restoration and upgrading procedures, including hand
painting with Polyurethane paints. Assumes you know nothing.(mh).
PROPELLER HANDBOOK, Dave Gerr, Covers the arcane business of
choosing the right propeller for your boat. Gerr demonstrates two
different approaches to predicting propeller performance, a simple method
suitable for boat owners and a much more complex approach more
suitable to naval architects. Requires basic algebra.(mh).
BOATOWNER'S ENERGY PLANNER, Kevin and Nan Jeffrey, A very
basic introduction to electrical systems with a lot of solid information
about various options, including some brand-name comparisons. Assumes
you know nothing about electricity.(mh).
THE FINELY FITTED YACHT, Farenc Mate', Another large collection
of nice improve-your-boat projects, mostly involving the living
COMFORT IN THE CRUISING YACHT CUSTOMIZING YOUR BOAT
IMPROVE YOUR OWN BOAT, Ian Nicolson, Bunches of nifty project
ideas for improving a boat.(mh).
FIBERGLASS REPAIRS, Paul J. Petrick, This book is really good. Back
in the 60's I sold fiberglassing materials and advised people how to use
them (I did do *some* work myself) and I think Petrick really knows
what he is talking about.(bs).
CRUISING IN COMFORT, James Skoog, Cost-no-object approach, but
many good ideas.
LIVING ON 12 VOLTS, David Smead and Ruth Ishihara, A very detailed
analysis of 12 volt electrical systems and components. It also contains
much useful information about refrigeration systems as well. Best if you
already know basic electrical theory and construction.(mh).
SPURR'S BOAT BOOK, Dan Spurr, Lots of ideas, illustrated by the
upgrading of a Pearson Vanguard. Includes repowering, which is
UPGRADING THE CRUISING SAILBOAT, Daniel Spurr, Very good
advice on overhauling an older boat. Spurr did extensive upgrades on a
Triton and a Vanguard, two good low priced boats for offshore cruising,
and also has many other good project suggestions. (mh).
MODERN BOAT MAINTENANCE, Bo Streiffert, A large collection of
project and explanatory articles with more illustration than text. It
covers a remarkable range of topics and some rather complex projects.
Good for the person who already knows the basic techniques. This
appears to have been published originally in Sweden.(mh).
MACHINIST'S HANDBOOK, unknown.
PIPEFITTER'S HANDBOOK, unknown.