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Simple Boat Maintenance

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Manley, Pat
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978-1-909911-13-0
Fernhurst
2014
160
C9
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Review Date: 
04/09/2014

This is the new, paperback edition of Pat Manley’s successful book. Over 7,500 copies sold in hardback....which we seem not to have reviewed previously.

A member of Practical Boat Owner’s team of experts, Manley describes 67 most common boat maintenance jobs. They cover engines, water systems, gas, electrics, heads and many, many more topics – down to repairing inflatables.

Clearly a practical man, his book tells us why and when to do the job, which tools are needed, and how to do it. A ‘difficulty rating’ is also provided.

With over 700 colour photographs, and loads of handy hints along the way, this book offers a mine of information for yachties and motorboaters alike.

 

Bernard De Saulles

 

 

 

 

Essential Boat Electrics

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Manley, Pat
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978-1-909911-10-9
Fernhurst
2014
136
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Review Date: 
03/09/2014

This new book follows Manley’s bestselling Simple Boat Maintenance. He has tackled all of the jobs described, and has tested most of the electrical devices on the market for Practical Boat Owner.

As he promises, this is a practical book which provides theory and formulae only where they are essential to understanding.

Starting with basic information, including tools required, the book deals with Batteries, Electrical Supply (including solar panels), Switches/Relays, Wiring, Circuits, Motors/Alternators, Instruments/Computers, Anodes etc. Troubleshooting features throughout.

Easy to read, and with lots of excellent pictures, my only slight criticism is that the sequencing of chapters might need tweaking. However, this is not a real problem as cross-referencing is good.

Pat Manley clearly knows his subject and has produced an excellent little book.

Bernard De Saulles

 

The Scottish Islands

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Haswell-Smith, Hamish
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978-1-84767-277-3
Canon Gate
2008
518
3rd
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Review Date: 
21/08/2014

Simply to approach and land on 162 Scottish islands from a 41ft yacht might be daunting enough for many people but then to research comprehensive detail of each place, to include all in a book with relevant maps and evocative watercolour illustrations would be beyond most people’s capabilities. The author notes his original intent to “compile for my personal satisfaction a list of the Scottish islands equivalent to Munro’s Tables of the 3000ft Mountains of Scotland” and in a lengthy preface he describes the strict criteria of size and accessibility that he applied to his choice.

One may wonder at Haswell-Smith’s achievement, he makes generous acknowledgement to his four disparate crew and many others, but the reader realises that the final effort of completion is his alone. It is clear, however, that he, together with family and friends, share an unashamed pride and affection for the area.

The geographically arranged text follows a standardised pattern that includes name roots, OS Map references, area, height, owner, population, geology, wildlife and narrative history. Although not a pilot, brief access and anchorage notes complete each entry and the map-type chartlets also indicate possibilities for the intrepid. The work is completed by appendices and indexes that range from the islands’ order of height to those permitted to issue their own postage stamps or distil whisky. The volume, strongly-bound on heavy, high quality paper of clear print, is indeed a ‘Munro’ equivalent; a fascinating Bradshaw for the Scottish islands.

 

Edward Cartner