“Wide-ranging” would be more accurate than “comprehensive”. Some of the projects in this book (moulding from a sister ship) seem unlikely for a typical owner while some very obvious tasks (renewing the anti-fouling) are conspicuous by their absence. Given the very broad span of subjects discussed, it would be unreasonable to expect fine detail throughout. Perhaps the most valuable aspects of this first edition are that it indicates, firstly, whether a problem is likely to be serious/expensive and, secondly, whether it could be easily fixed or require professional help. Some of the descriptions of maintenance procedures are really quite good while others are frankly inadequate. The book is illustrated profusely with colour photographs. No price is given so we are unable to assess value for money.



Reviewed by: Ian Stewart, May 2012


ISBN number: 978 1 3321 7