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rayl posted 09-29-2002 09:56 PM ET (US)   Profile for rayl  
Hello all,

I am embarking on a new restoration project of an 86 OR18. Seeing as I have little to no experience at this, does anyone have any suggestions on "good" reading material for general boating/restoration. I need a bible of sorts to guide me through this project! :)


newt posted 09-30-2002 09:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
Ray, good luck with your outrage project.

I cannot recommend a good book, but you will certainly find plenty of information on this forum. I would suggest reading through the old posts in the repairs/mods section, and also in the performance section.

You may already know that in the upper right hand corner is a pull down menu that can be set to show posts from the last year or two. You will find a good compilation of info in the old posts.

That should get you started.

John O posted 09-30-2002 11:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
I have been a boat owner since May '02. Buy the West System Guide to Gelcoat Blisters and repair. $ 3.00 at Boat US. Also pick up any and all literature that many boat supply stores are given from manufactures. Many manufactures of items like gel coat have websites that provide detailed info on specific repairs (spectrum Color exp.)While there may be no one specific "Bible" I have found that a 3 ringed notebook is helpful to put info from this web site as well as all other pieces of lit. I even typed up the spec of my Whaler with Hull id #, Engine #,Trailor# and registration #,s. I carry the book into the stores so when i need to buy something I have the info handy. I also keep relavant business cards in a plastic sleeve in the note book. At any rate start collecting stuff and throw out the useless stuff every few months.
acassidy posted 09-30-2002 11:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for acassidy  Send Email to acassidy     
There are a lot of good books for boat restoration, but the first 1st one that I got and it is like a fiberglass book for dummies. It is "Runabout Renovation" by Jim Anderson. Written for the beginners and covers floor, transom replacing, painting, and so on. It really covers fiberglassing well. I know that there are better and more detailed books out there, but this is the one that got me started in restoring boats. This site is really very good for doing projects also. Donít be afraid to roll up your sleeves and try something yourself.

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