The ultimate DIY
Don't want to pay someone else to fix something small on your vessel even if you're not sure how to fix it yourself? Paul Esterle's "Maintain and Improve Your Powerboat" ($24.95, McGraw-Hill Companies, 2009) offers 100 do-it-yourself ways to make your boat better than ever.
Esterle begins with a brief overview of how boats are constructed. He then tours every section of the vessel from the cockpit to hulls to extensions such as trailers. Included in the back is an appendix of all the sources of information, gear and supplies referred to throughout the book, including the company name, phone and Web site. Whether it's installing a washdown pump or building a trailer stand, this book has it covered.
Esterle is the technical editor of Small Craft Advisor magazine and managing editor of Nor'easter magazine. He has built and refurbished numerous boats and maintains a boat project Web site at www.thevirtualboatyard.com.
This article originally appeared in the Home Waters Section of the February 2010 issue.