Dremel Tools

For cutting or smoothing in tight spots, nothing quite beats a Dremel tool.

Dremel tool The most common unit is the Dremel 395D Variable-Speed MultiPro Tool which can vary from 5,000 to 35,000 RPM. Such high speeds can make short work of even tough jobs, such as cutting through stainless rigging wire.

Unless you've already got a bunch of accessories and are looking for a replacement tool, you're probably better off buying a kit, such as the 75-piece kit or 77-piece kit. These give you the tool and a bunch of different bits and accessories, such as cut-off wheels and sanding drums, the two things I use most on the boat.

For heavy-duty cutting, I like to use diamond wheels, which don't fly apart like the standard cutoff wheels.

This Old Boat book cover This Old Boat by Don Casey

Subtitled "turn a rundown fiberglass boat into a first-class yacht on a shoestring budget," this book is the best introduction I know boat maintenance for the new or prospective owner of a "modern classic" sailboat. Starting with guidelines for selecting a boat, Casey proceeds to fiberglass repairs, cabin and deckwork, spars and rigging, boat equipment, woodwork, electrical, plumbing, refrigeration, painting, canvas work and sails. All of this is described in clear, simple terms perfect for the inexperienced. This is the book that taught me fiberglass work. But don't let it fool you; this book is appropriate for experienced boatowners, too. I still refer to it.

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