New Fiberglass Boat Repair Book by Roger Marshall

  So, you need to learn a bit about fiberglass boat repair, and a book by the likes of Roger Marshall would help? You bet it would. Marshall’s new book (fittingly entitled Fiberglass Boat Repair Illustrated, $24.95, you can find it on Amazon or at Barnes & Noble) differs from most in that it’s chock-full of [...]

17th March 2010.
By Lenny Rudow

Fiberglass Boat Repair Illustrated, the new book by Roger Marshall

Fiberglass Boat Repair Illustrated, the new book by Roger Marshall

 

So, you need to learn a bit about fiberglass boat repair, and a book by the likes of Roger Marshall would help? You bet it would. Marshall’s new book (fittingly entitled Fiberglass Boat Repair Illustrated, $24.95, you can find it on Amazon or at Barnes & Noble) differs from most in that it’s chock-full of glorious color photos.

Now, I’ve worked with Roger before and I know he’s a straight-shooting guy (even if he does talk with one of those funny Inglish-like accents) so I was interested to see what advice he’d have to give. But when he sent me a copy of the book to review I was startled to discover the visual element is every bit as strong as the written. That’s a big help for folks who learn more by looking at examples, then by reading the written word. The pages of each chapter are color-coded on the edges, so just by flipping the pages you can quickly go to sections on forming or repairing a hull, gelcoat repairs or restoration, transom replacement, and more. Get beyond the pictures and start reading the words, and you’ll find step-by-step instructions on completing these fiberglassing tasks.

One other thing to like: Marshall explains the why’s as well as the how-to’s, and I learned quite a bit about fiberglass construction in general reading through this book. There’s even a section or respirators, the different types, and which is best for which task. This would have been good info to have when I was molding a console for my 16′ Apache a few years ago, in my shed. Had I known about “organic vapor cartridges”  back then, I’d still be able to eat citrus without tasting pepper and I wouldn’t slur my “T”s. Oh well – grab a copy of Fiberglass Boat Repair Illustrated before you go to work on Mom’s Mink, and you won’th have such problems…


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