Surveying Fiberglass Sailboats: A Step-by-Step Guide for Buyers and Owners

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1994-01-22
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
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Mustin's part-by-part look at hull, deck, rig, and machinery is both a minicourse for transforming used-boat shopping from a game of craps to a science, and the first step in a holistic boat maintenance program. His discussion of the significance of cracks found in aging hulls and decks is the most thorough in print. He is not shy in assessing the lack of regulation of professional surveyors, nor does he shrink from pointing a finger at shoddy building practices.Having a used boat surveyed is a critical prelude to buying it. Yet a professional survey is expensive--several hundred dollars. Surveying Fiberglass Sailboats will enable you to conduct your own surveys while narrowing the field, then monitor a professional surveyor's performance when selecting your target boat.

Author Biography

Henry C. Mustin, proprietor of H. C. Mustin Co., Yacht & Ship Surveyors, based in Marblehead, Massachusetts, has 20 years in the boat business, 14 of them as a surveyor. He is certified by the National Association of Marine Surveyors in the U.S. and is the only U.S. member of the Yacht Designers & Surveyors Association Ltd. of England.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 The Raw Materials of a Fiberglass Boat

Chapter 2 Stresses and Strains

Chapter 3 Boat Pox

Chapter 4 Surveying the Principal Structures

Chapter 5 Surveying the Mechanical and Electrical Systems

Chapter 6 Surveying the Masts and Standing Rigging

Chapter 7 The Role of the Surveyor

Chapter 8 Determining the Worth of Your Boat

Appendix Compliance Items


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