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Runabout Renovation: How to Find and Fix Up an Old Fiberglass Speedboat

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    Available in PDF - DJVU Format | Runabout Renovation: How to Find and Fix Up an Old Fiberglass Speedboat.pdf | Language: ENGLISH
    Jim Anderson(Author)

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Whether you’re fishing, waterskiing, or just enjoying a lazy day out on the water, nothing beats a runabout. These boats were just built for fun.

If you’re one of those lucky speedboat owners looking for maintenance tips, or even if you’re a first-time buyer with an eye on an older model in need of some TLC, expert runabout renovator Jim Anderson has the answers to all of your questions.

In this informative and easy-to-follow guide, Jim takes you through the entire process of fixing up your roundabout; from locating and purchasing to the last coat of paint. Jim’s trademark sense of humor and ability to cut straight to the simplest solutions make it seem like you’re working alongside an old friend.  Topics include:

  • Choosing and surveying your boat
  • Cosmetic repairs and touch-ups
  • Replacing the floors, carpets, and interior
  • Building a new transom
  • Upgrading electrical and mechanical systems

"A good book for do-it-yourselfers." -- Boating World --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Jim Anderson owned and operated a successful boat repair business in southern Minnesota before becoming a full-time writer. Most of the boats he has repaired and restored are fiberglass runabouts ranging from 15 to 18 feet in length.

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Book details

  • PDF | 162 pages
  • Jim Anderson(Author)
  • Echo Point Books & Media; Reprint ed. edition (January 27, 2017)
  • English
  • 3
  • Engineering & Transportation

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  • By Rob on September 19, 2012

    This was written by a former owner of a boat repair shop who knows his stuff. He covers all the bases in the book focusing mainly on repairing/rebuilding runabouts in the 16 ft. range.Because it was published in 1992 it lacks advice on current technology and techniques such as rebuilding stringers and transoms using new wood alternative products like SeaCast with the chainsaw method of decayed wood removal, but it gives a good overview of techniques, advice and what is required using more conventional methods. It also covers interiors, gelcoats, ect.For anyone interested in fixing old boats this would be the place to start.

  • By Carmen Dukeman on September 11, 2005

    I purchased this book with a view to restoring an old (1968) fiberglass boat.I found it to be extremely informative, and giving a lot of information as to possible sources of materials and specialized help.This book, has made for me, what had at first sight appeared to be a monumental task, actually quite simple.I would thoroughly recommend this book to anybody intending to restore or repair any fiberglass vessel old or new

  • By 16 Gauge on July 18, 2011

    Runabout Renovation is a must for anyone even thinking about buying a small fiberglass runabout as a fixer-upper project. Jim Anderson takes you on a voyage that begins with the desire to start a renovation project and leads you through the process of finding a boat, assessing its condition, negotiating a price, and what you need to do to restore it. Jim's experience in renovating runabouts and his ability to set the right expectations for what you'll encounter in your journey is what sets this book apart.Jim's writing and instructions are enjoyable to read and won't make you feel as though you need to be an expert craftsman to take on the challenge of boat restoration.

  • By Louis E. Hodges III on October 12, 2009

    The 16' Glastron I bought on eBay turned out to have a rotten floor among other problems. Not a huge surprise - the boat is nearly 40 years old - but my experience with resurrecting derelict toys has been restricted to cars and motorcycles, and I didn't know where to begin. Jim Anderson's book was written to my level and gave me the confidence to take on this project. Highly recommended.

  • By Michael Rybikowsky on July 2, 2005

    I bought several books and tapes,about doing fiberglass repair.They ranged from totally useless, to this book which should be a must buy.written in simple easy to understand language,I cannott praise this book enough.

  • By Travis James on June 23, 2001

    This book goes through the basics in an intellingent and easy to read manner. I read it in two days, I couldn't put it down. If you want to purchase and renovate a late 1960s, early 1970s speed boat, BUY THIS BOOK. It spoke to me!

  • By Tracy T Sarver on October 31, 2014

    Don't waste your money. Old techniques, old products, and book appears to have been reproduced simply by copying on a copy machine.

  • By Paul P. on May 25, 2010

    Much of the book was helpful, but it was a bit dated. The materials in use today have changed in some particulars. Anyone using the book should consult with a plastics store for updated information on types of fiberglass materials, glues, resins and paints/gel coat applications.

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