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The definitive guide from the world''s best-known sailboat maintenance expert

Don Casey’s Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual combines six core volumes into a single, utterly dependable resource that answers every frequent question, explains every major system, and helps you keep your boat and its components shipshape.

More than 2,500 clear and detailed illustrations guide you step by step through every procedure. Casey’s technical virtuosity, his user-friendly explanations, and Peter Compton''s diesel engine expertise make even the more complicated repairs and improvements easy to understand. This must-have guide saves you time, money, and grief as you learn the fastest, easiest, most effective ways to:

  • Evaluate the condition of your boat or one you’re about to purchase
  • Repair structural damage to your fiberglass sailboat
  • Improve or repair your sailboat’s electrical system
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and repair your boat’s diesel engine
  • Put a professional-looking finish on your boat’s hull, deck, spars, wood, and trim
  • Make and repair sails, sail covers, dodgers, awnings, sailbags, and bimini tops

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Don Casey is the author of the universally praised This Old Boat, which has helped tens of thousands of boatowners turn their rundown production boats into first-class yachts. A regular contributor to SAIL and Good Old Boat magazines, he combines more than three decades of sailing, an innate curiosity, a knack for clarity, and an eye for the telling detail to deliver reliable expertise. He and his wife, Olga, cruise the Caribbean aboard their 35-year-old, much-modified Allied Seawind.

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The definitive guide from the world''s best-known sailboat maintenance expert

Don Casey’s Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual combines six core volumes into a single, utterly dependable resource that answers every frequent question, explains every major system, and helps you keep your boat and its components shipshape.

More than 2,500 clear and detailed illustrations guide you step by step through every procedure. Casey’s technical virtuosity, his user-friendly explanations, and Peter Compton''s diesel engine expertise make even the more complicated repairs and improvements easy to understand. This must-have guide saves you time, money, and grief as you learn the fastest, easiest, most effective ways to:

  • Evaluate the condition of your boat or one you’re about to purchase
  • Repair structural damage to your fiberglass sailboat
  • Improve or repair your sailboat’s electrical system
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and repair your boat’s diesel engine
  • Put a professional-looking finish on your boat’s hull, deck, spars, wood, and trim
  • Make and repair sails, sail covers, dodgers, awnings, sailbags, and bimini tops

"Astoundingly clear text and line drawing illustrations. The reader can almost feel the hand-holding this book provides through each step of a repair."—Dockside

Don Casey is the author of the universally praised This Old Boat, which has helped tens of thousands of boatowners turn their rundown production boats into first-class yachts. A regular contributor to SAIL and Good Old Boat magazines, he combines more than three decades of sailing, an innate curiosity, a knack for clarity, and an eye for the telling detail to deliver reliable expertise. He and his wife, Olga, cruise the Caribbean aboard their 35-year-old, much-modified Allied Seawind.

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Justin B.
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great book. Five stars, but be aware...
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2016
Great book! I am really happy with the book overall and I''ve been learning a lot from it. It isn''t as detailed as I''d like in some parts, but he covers a LOT of different topics, and at least opens the door for you to investigate further. I mistakenly bought some... See more
Great book!
I am really happy with the book overall and I''ve been learning a lot from it. It isn''t as detailed as I''d like in some parts, but he covers a LOT of different topics, and at least opens the door for you to investigate further.
I mistakenly bought some of his other titles, thinking they were expansions into further detail on subjects such as hull and keel repair, but later came to find out that those books are exactly what is already contained herein. This one book is sufficient to start with.
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DaveIndy
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GREAT FOR EXPERTS - EXTRAORDINARY FOR DUMMIES LIKE ME!
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2020
Embarrassed - but I''m not that handy. Boat instructions and manuals seem to be the most difficult compared to other things in my life. So - I was praying that this book would be better. Have tried likely 10 others - over the years - and always disappointed. This book was... See more
Embarrassed - but I''m not that handy. Boat instructions and manuals seem to be the most difficult compared to other things in my life. So - I was praying that this book would be better. Have tried likely 10 others - over the years - and always disappointed. This book was great. It not only showed you what and how to do something - but the graphics were very helpful - and the book explains WHY which is usually missing. Highly recommend.
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JWiz
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This book is *THE* Sailboat Maintenance Bible. It''s a must have.
Reviewed in the United States on October 5, 2015
This book is *THE* Sailboat Maintenance Bible. It''s a must have. I have "This Old Boat" by Don Casey as well, and much of the information overlaps. I find this book to be a bit easier to read and refer to since it''s completely sailboat focused. I don''t attempt... See more
This book is *THE* Sailboat Maintenance Bible. It''s a must have. I have "This Old Boat" by Don Casey as well, and much of the information overlaps. I find this book to be a bit easier to read and refer to since it''s completely sailboat focused. I don''t attempt any job on my boat without first referring to this book, and it has never steered me wrong. Whether it''s the guys at the mechanic shop, out in the yard, or the other folks in my owner''s group, the advice given is almost always identical to what you''ll find here. And if it isn''t, question the source. It''s a great book, I can''t say enough good things about it.
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Clark R.
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Fantastic and Comprehensive
Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2015
Fantastic. It had everything I needed to get my fixer-upper boat out on the water. After three years of steady improvements (both in my sailing and the boat itself), I have yet to find a repair project that this 5-in-1 books doesn''t have the answer to.... See more
Fantastic. It had everything I needed to get my fixer-upper boat out on the water. After three years of steady improvements (both in my sailing and the boat itself), I have yet to find a repair project that this 5-in-1 books doesn''t have the answer to.

Initially, I was disappointed that the illustrations were simple two-color line drawings. But I''ve come to appreciate the simplicity as more helpful than other, more complicated art. The writing is concise, simple, and the nautical terms are explained. For example, on the deck/hull joint , he explains the different methods used, which are best, where the probably weak points might be, and the tools and step-by-step process to repair them.

For fixing up a fiberglass sailboat, you won''t do better than this book
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Michael
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The book itself is a sturdy hard copy
Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2017
A must-have book for sailboat owners. Essentially for the price of two of Don Casey''s individual books, you get all six in one collection. The book itself is a sturdy hard copy, and reads like a school textbook on sailboat maintenance. Each section is easy to navigate,... See more
A must-have book for sailboat owners. Essentially for the price of two of Don Casey''s individual books, you get all six in one collection. The book itself is a sturdy hard copy, and reads like a school textbook on sailboat maintenance. Each section is easy to navigate, and the instructions are in very plain and easy to read English. I own a 1995 26 foot sailboat, and mainly purchased this as a guide for wiring the electrical system, but have now read most of the chapters. Knowing the fundamentals of maintenance helps you know your boat even better, which in turn makes you a better sailor.
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st ruell
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The illustrations are great and exhaustive how-to-do it
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2016
I bought it for the electrical section and I''m working through that, learning with each page I turn. The illustrations are great and exhaustive how-to-do it, not just electrical theory and ohms law, but practical on what to buy and what tools you need. This is the... See more
I bought it for the electrical section and I''m working through that, learning with each page I turn. The illustrations are great and exhaustive how-to-do it, not just electrical theory and ohms law, but practical on what to buy and what tools you need.
This is the best electrical coverage I''ve seen and I have several of boat electrical references that everyone mentions, Wing and Calder. I think Dob Casey does a better job.
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Valiant S. Vetter
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An Incredible book! Very thorough and detailed.
Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2017
This book gives the would-be shipwright, rigger, and boat mechanic the feeling that he can fix anything - for better or worse. Casey certainly explains and shows through copious illustrations, how fiberglass repairs - even "major" ones - can be done by... See more
This book gives the would-be shipwright, rigger, and boat mechanic the feeling that he can fix anything - for better or worse.

Casey certainly explains and shows through copious illustrations, how fiberglass repairs - even "major" ones - can be done by the DIYer with some degree of aptitude. I think this will allow the careful and contentious person to do a craftsmanlike job and keep an older boat afloat.

This is my go-to book when it comes to assessing or repairing anything on a sailboat!
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Andrew K.
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Amazing book with much detail about almost everything
Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2016
Oh I love this book, so many different project ideas it gives me and ways I can check on stuff, currently having a problem with the tach and this at least shows me how one works which I never quite paid attention to so hopefully I''ll be able to fix it. I really do want to... See more
Oh I love this book, so many different project ideas it gives me and ways I can check on stuff, currently having a problem with the tach and this at least shows me how one works which I never quite paid attention to so hopefully I''ll be able to fix it. I really do want to just read this whole book anyway as it is always good to know as much as you can so you can fix something when it goes out. This book though stays on the boat at all times just for that purpose of an emergency issue. Although there is some stuff such as tach I wish they''d go into more detail about.
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LSL
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Good practical book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 9, 2019
I bought this based on the reviews. There are lots of practical tips, mainly orientated to someone buying a boat. Bit disappointed that it is not comprehensive on maintenance eg winch servicing. However, I found that elsewhere online
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Will
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Sailing boat maintenance / repair ''bible''
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 13, 2019
I was recommended this book and glad I made the purchase. It has sections covering everything from glass fibre repair work to how an alternator works and how to diagnose electrical problems. A useful reference, if you are maintaining your own boat and haven''t done...See more
I was recommended this book and glad I made the purchase. It has sections covering everything from glass fibre repair work to how an alternator works and how to diagnose electrical problems. A useful reference, if you are maintaining your own boat and haven''t done everything before.
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SHOGUN
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Everything you need to know about yacht maitanence
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 19, 2019
This book is brilliant! Very easy to read, with good illustrations, highly recommend! From absolutely beginner to highly advanced sailor. I recommend this book also for someone, who don''t have a boat, but planning to buy, as a starting point, so you know exactly what to...See more
This book is brilliant! Very easy to read, with good illustrations, highly recommend! From absolutely beginner to highly advanced sailor. I recommend this book also for someone, who don''t have a boat, but planning to buy, as a starting point, so you know exactly what to looking for.
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6 books in one volume, great value and a great read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 15, 2018
Great book if you own and maintain a sailing boot. Well illustrated throughout with drawings, no photos. Six of Don Casey''s books in one hardback volume, great value.
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J. Wexler
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So thorough and well written
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 31, 2020
This is such a logical and reasonable book. If you are going to work on your own sailboat, this is a must.
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