Simple Boat Maintenance concentrates on the 67 most common boat maintenance jobs. Each is rated for difficulty on a scale of 1-5 and is explained in simple steps with lots of photos and diagrams. No special tools are required and no skill is assumed. Take this book in one hand, a spanner in the other and set to work. Learn how to: solve most engine problems; look after the gas, water, fuel and electrical systems; service pumps, winches, windlasses & strengear; repair cracks & holes in fibreglass; find & cure leaks.
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.
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.