It doesn't take a university education in naval architecture to understand the components of a boat. But it is important to have that basic knowledge before undertaking repair and maintenance work. A poor repair job can create weaknesses that could place the boat and her crew in danger. The Essential Boat Maintenance Manual is the ideal reference to ensure that such problems don't arise. It details the various repair and maintenance jobs that crop up with every boat after every summer season, and then describes how these jobs must be tackled - so the boat is as sound and seaworthy as the day she was built. Covering the makeup of both sailboats and motorboats, this book is packed with detailed instructions, tips and hints that reduce the cost and effort of maintenance work. It is a must for every boat owner who wants to keep their boat well maintained and in shipshape condition.