Author(s): Steve D'Antonio
For owners, buyers, builders, surveyors, and repairers of modern sailboats and powerboats, here is the ultimate guide for inspecting your boat for maintenance or upgrades or appraising a boat for possible purchase.
Steve D'Antonio has been employed in the marine industry since 1988, beginning as a mechanic/electrician. In that same year he published his first article, "Upgrading the Electrical System." Since that time he has written hundreds of technical, seamanship, destination, boat review, and historical articles for various publications, including Ocean Navigator (Contributing Editor), PassageMaker (Technical Editor), Cruising World, Nautical World, Seaworthy, Soundings, Practical Sailor, and Professional Boat Builder, among others. His stock photographic library encompasses over 50,000 boat images. He is a frequent lecturer on marine subjects such as preparing for blue-water passagemaking, yacht systems, and the annual Safety at Sea seminars. He was general manager and vice president of operations at Zimmerman Marine Inc., a custom boatbuilder and refit yard on Mobjack Bay, Virginia, from 1996 to 2007, when he founded Steve D'Antonio Marine Consulting LLC to offer guidance to the marine industry, boat buyers, and boat owners. Steve's outstanding national reputation has ensured a long waiting list of would-be clients.
1. Hull and deck finishes 2. Gelcoat damage, osmosis, repairs 3. Structural hull and deck repairs 4. Core and composite construction techniques and problems 5. Diesel engine 6. Drive train, running gear, propeller, shaft alignment 7. Engine room and exhaust systems 8. Tanks, hoses, and plumbing 9. Centerboard, keel, and rudder 10.Steering system 11.Metal and corrosion issues 12.Spars and rigging 13.More