Know Your Boat : The Guide to Everything That Makes Your Boat Work
by Kroenke, David; Sollers, Jim (ILT)



1. What Were You Thinking?

The Beginning; Reality Sets In; The Process for Getting to Know Dulcinea

2. Keeping Your Boat Afloat

Through-Hulls; Types of Through-Hulls; The Through-Hull Inventory

3. Engine Basics

How Engines Work; Maintenance; Engine Troubleshooting; Are We Having Fun Yet?

4. Boat Electricity

Basic Ideas; A Basic Electrical System; A More Elaborate Electrical System (with Generator and Inverter); Electrical System Maintenance

5. Freshwater Plumbing and Watermakers

Understanding Your Freshwater System; Fixing Water Pressure Problems; Watermakers

6. Marine Toilets

Using Your Head; Basic Head Design; Toilet Problems

7. Stoves, Sinks, and Refrigeration

Stoves and Ovens; Sinks; Refrigeration

8. Steering, Autopilots, and Windlasses

Steering Systems; Autopilots; Wind Vanes; Windlasses

9. Sailboat Rigging

Standing Rigging; Running Rigging

10. Getting Ready for the Big Trip

The Schedule; Your List

Appendix 1. Spare Parts

Appendix 2. Tool Kit


Know Your Boat is here to rescue the millions of boaters who have always been afraid to peer into their boat's innards for fear of what they'll find. Here at last is the humorous, user-friendly guide that will give a timid skipper the courage to grab a wrench and tame the savage beast in the bilge (or at least make its acquaintance). Assuming no mechanical aptitude, David Kroenke provides readers with an easy-to-read introduction to the use and maintenance of the many systems found on today's typical power or sail boat, including: engine, electricity, electronics, plumbing, refrigeration, windlasses, pumps, and steering system.

David Kroenke has been a sailor since 1971 and currently owns a Mason 44. He has cruised the West Coast extensively, roamed the Inside Passage and the coast of British Columbia, and sailed to Mexico and back. His next Big Trip is a voyage to the Marquesas. Although he holds a Ph.D. in engineering, he claims his chief qualification for writing Know Your Boat is the self-education process he undertook after spending piles of money in boatyards.

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