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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