Powerboat Care and Repair

How to Keep Your Outboard, Sterndrive, or Gas-Inboard Boat Alive and Well

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September 9, 2003


Mixed media product, 176 pages


0071419462 / 9780071419468


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Main description

As the "Boat Doctor" in Boating magazine, Allen Berrien helped two generations of readers keep their boats alive and well. Now his practical know-how and wisdom is collected inPowerboat Care and Repair, the only book that focuses on do-it-yourself maintenance and repair of small powerboats.

Berrien provides tips on how to avoid and solve a host of common problems, such as electrolysis, pitted gelcoat, and battery failures. He also offers step-by-step guidance on spring commissioning and winterizing; inboard, outboard, and stern driveengine troubleshooting; exterior maintenance; emergency preparedness; and much more.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Warnings Chapter 1. Cleaning and Exterior Maintenance Chapter 2. Bottom Painting Chapter 3. Troubleshooting Gasoline-Fueled Inboards and Sterndrives Chapter 4. The Care and Feeding of Outboards Chapter 5. Wiring and Electrolysis Chapter 6. Plumbing and Pumps Chapter 7. Winterizing Chapter 8. Commissioning Chapter 9. Tools, Spares, and Emergency Preparedness Index

Author comments

Allen Berrien was Boating magazine's "Boat Doctor" columnist for many years. He has over three decades of boat repair and maintenance expertise and is a full-time boat repair expert in a family-owned boatyard on the Connecticut shore.

Back cover copy

Do-it-yourself troubleshooting and maintenance prescriptions from the Boat Doctor himself

The boat-maintenance bible for small powerboats, Powerboat Care and Repair covers all you need to know to keep your boat running and looking like a million bucks. You'll find step-by-step guidance on:

  • troubleshooting electrical wire and gear
  • electrolysis and how to protect your boat's underwater hardware
  • the nuts and bolts of boat plumbing, from pumps and seacocks to your boat's head and holding tank system
  • troubleshooting your engine, whether inboard, sterndrive, or outboard
  • a complete winterizing program, including comprehensive checklists for safeguarding your engine and all other freeze-vulnerable equipment
  • springtime commissioning guidelines, including tune-ups, lubrication, and preventive maintenance
  • assembling a maintenance and repair tool kit (including spare parts)

If you'd like to save time and money, get to know your boat inside and out, and acquire the tools, techniques, and troubleshooting skills it takes to be a competent, comfortable boater, this book is for you.

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