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A Manual of Fit-Out for Yachts & Launches

Having built the hull, deck and superstructure, you are now ready to think about fitting your boat out. This manual helps you plan for this next and final stage by first, taking a look at the ergonomics (correct seat and table heights etc) of the interior accommodation -  to make your boat comfortable. this is followed by details on how to install inboard engines or outboard wells, make inboard and outboard rudders and fit water systems - water ballast, fresh water, bilge plumbing, sewage etc. Gas, cabin ventilation, electric systems are looked at next, along with electrolysis and lightning protection.

Finally, the manual finishes with chapters on making wood masts and spars, fitting deck gear and rigging and the sort of ground tackle you may want to carry.

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Chapter 1 
Interior Fit-Out 
1.1    The Ergonomics of the Interior Space 
1.2    Typical Fit-Out Joinery

  Chapter 2 
Machinery Installation 
2.1    Inboard Engine Installation 
2.1.1   The Line of the Shaft 
2.1.2   The Traditional Way of Forming the Shaft Line 
2.1.3   The Modern Way of Forming the Shaft Line 
2.2   Outboard Wells 
2.3  Fuel Tanks for Inboard Engines

  Chapter 3 
3.1  General 
3.2  The Deadwood/Wood Keel 
3.3  Ballast Keel 
3.4  Internal Ballast 
3.5  Centreplates 
3.6  Bilge Keels

  Chapter 4  
4.1  General Discussion 
4.2  Outboard (Transom) Hung Rudders 
4.3  Inboard Hung Rudders 
4.4  Rudder Fittings 
4.4.1  For External (Outboard) Rudders 
4.4.2  For Inboard Rudders

  Chapter 5 
Water Ballast Tanks 
5.1  General Discussion 
5.2  Tank Construction & Fit-Out

Chapter 6 
Water Systems 
6.1  General Discussion 
6.2  The Fresh water System 
6.3  the WC/Sewage System 
6.4  The Bilge Pumping System 
6.5  Cockpit Drains

Chapter 7 
The Gas System & Cabin Ventilation 
7.1  General requirements 
7.2  Gas Bottle (Cylinder) Stowage 
7.3  Pipework and Connections 
7.4  Cabin Ventilation

Chapter 8 
Simple Electrical Systems 
8.1  General Notes 
8.2  Electrical Circuits 
8.2.1  Cable Sizes 
8.2.2  Fuses 
8.3  Overall Electrical System

  Chapter 9 
9.1  General Notes 
9.2  Current Leakage 
9.3  Sacrificial Anodes

  Chapter 10 
Lightning Protection

  Chapter 11 
Masts & Spars
11.1  General Notes 
11.2  Materials for Wood Masts and Spars 
11.3  Solid Masts and Spars 
11.4  Hollow Masts and Spars 
11.4.1  Round Section Hollow Masts and Spars 
11.4.2  Rectangular Section Hollow masts and Spars

 Chapter 12  
Fitting the Deck gear for Rigging etc 
12.1  General Notes 
12.2  Chain Plates 
12.3  Deck Cleats 
12.4  Deck Winches 
12.5  Positioning Jib Fairleads 
12.5.1  How the Designer May
Position the Foresail Sheet Fairleads 
12.5.2  Correcting a Badly Placed Foresail Fairlead 
12.5.3  A Note on Correcting the Balance of a Sail Boat

  Chapter 13 
Appendices & References 
13.1  Glossary of Terms 
13.2  Expanding a Curved Transom 
13.3  Further Deck Gear 
13.3.1  Boom Gallows 
13.3.2  Mainsheet Horse 
13.3.3  Raising the Coachhouse Top 
13.4  Ground Tackle 
13.5  Useful References for Further Reading

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