A few years back, several of us Alberg 30 sailors
took an opportunity to dredge oysters on a skipjack. We'd met Wade
Murphy, captain and owner of the Rebecca T. Ruark at
Chesapeake Appreciation Days and Windjammers
of the Chesapeake. He's an eloquent man when he starts telling tales.
One thing that that is abundantly clear when he speaks is how much he
loves that boat and the way of life that he inherited from his father.
Where many skippers have let their skipjacks languish to rot when the
oysters harvest was decimated by disease, pollution and perhaps
overharvesting, Wade has put more money into his boat; perhaps more
than it ever can repay in oysters.
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.
Other books by Don Casey