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Old 06-10-2014, 06:55 PM   #21
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Our 1995 NT42 came with a number of very full binders c/w relevant/non-relevant info that gave a history of her equipment, original and added. Schematics of the AC & DC systems, although somewhat out of date, were useful starting points.

Good thing, as there were no maintenance or cruising logs whatsoever.

The most interesting binder was a photo album showing the build of Blue Sky. Since she was hull #1 there were also photos of the plugs being created.
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Old 06-10-2014, 06:57 PM   #22
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Full big manual and a stack of blue print sized wiring schematics, graving plans, the works. Diamonds and Gold!

And, a list of what your specific boat, that is your hull number, left the factory with. More gold!

Big advantage of buying a Hatteras is they have all this still on microfiche for almost every boat they built.

Plus the spin off off their parts department, Sam's Marine, will register your hull number and be able to tell you exactly what you are looking for. And likely have it or the proper modern replacement. Platinum!
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:51 PM   #23
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My 1981 IG36 Europa came with 2 bound volumes from Kong & Halvorsen. General info, maintenance info, engine and gearbox serial numbers, system diagrams, some generic IG specs too. With the Manuals were 2 Lehman instruction books, including exploded diagrams showing individual parts and part numbers. I thank the POs for preserving these useful and valuable resource materials.
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:52 PM   #24
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None of the sailboats I've owned had manuals. The GB32 woodie had an awesome manual in a binder with gold lettering, really classy. The marine trader, a smelly box of manuals for stuff that was no longer on the boat - the smell of wood rot and holding tank all.the manuals has was in alignment with the price. The 86 Bayliner "beater boat" came with a manual - same manual for every model they built that year.

The cutest manual I have seen is the one that came with a friends late sixties era pacemaker, complete with a section for "the wife" (how to clean everything) and ten pages of factory photos assuring the owner that the thing was built like a tank - which it is...
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:06 PM   #25
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My boat came with about a 10" tall stack of manuals for everything on the boat plus a binder from Sea Ray with a lot of good information about the boat including wiring and plumbing schematics and a drawing of where every piece of gear in the engine room and lazarette are. Great stuff that I refer to frequently to learn the boat.

I also have most of the manuals for the equipment on the boat in .pdf format on my Kindle. I keep that at home in case I need to refer to it.
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:59 PM   #26
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It continues to be a learning experience for me.
Mark - Are you saying your boat purchased new came without owners manuals???
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:19 PM   #27
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Mark - Are you saying your boat purchased new came without owners manuals???
It came with manufacturers' manuals/instructions for most components, such as engine, thruster, toilet, and so on. Also with some builder's drawings and schematics.
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:26 PM   #28
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It came with manufacturers' manuals/instructions for most components, such as engine, thruster, toilet, and so on. Also with some builder's drawings and schematics.
I must have misunderstood a post of yours...
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I must have misunderstood a post of yours...
No information on the location of thru-hulls, what switch controls the engine-room lights, existence/purpose of hidden electrical switches in the hanging closet, which valves to adjust to use fuel-polishing pump to prime the engine, and such.
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:05 AM   #30
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Ours came with a 3inch binder that explains and goes over all the systems on the boat.
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:53 PM   #31
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The original owner of our boat built a very extensive owner's manual that I'm in the process of updating now. It was all hand-typed with polaroid pictures for illustrations. I'm in the process of updating it and making it an electronic document now.
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Old 06-12-2014, 01:37 PM   #32
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Ours came with a decent owner's manual, generic prose about how to work each system, and also including electrical schematics, thru-hull discharge locations, etc. Plus Engine manuals, and genset manuals -- both motor, and generator unit. (Not engine service manuals; I bought those separately.) That was all augmented with a stack of manuals/literature from the manufacturer of every system in the boat (ACs, charger, cooktop, etc etc etc). Well-organized, brand-marked satchel, etc.

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Old 06-12-2014, 06:56 PM   #33
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Today I think all boats should come with a really good manual. There's no reason not to.

I believe the manual that all others should be judged by is that for the Albin 25, written by her designer Per Brohall.

It includes almost all the info pertinent to owning, operating, and caring for the boat. There's real stability data, info on construction, handling and mooring, and basic sailing detections for the motorsailer version. Frankly, if all builders provided owner's with an equivalent manual, there would be fewer insurance claims, dumb stunts, and expensive mistakes all around.

http://www.albin25.eu/_download/albin25manual.pdf
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:06 PM   #34
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That 1972 Albin manual is really nicely done! TY for link. Way more complete than the original one that came with our 1977 Tolly... although it is OK too. Though most items had paper when we purchased; I've gathered other necessary papers or web folder inserts for all items aboad.
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:10 PM   #35
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I'll admit that Albin 25 manual covered everything, great job by them.
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Old 06-13-2014, 11:21 PM   #36
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Mine came with one binder.Everything crammed in since 1984.Even orginal sales color brochure.I have since broke it all down and expanded.Each booklet or manuals are in plastic sleeves.Some of it maybe overkill,but works for me.

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Only had one w/o a manual. Current boat has two shelves full.


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Old 06-14-2014, 07:51 AM   #38
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While a pretty manual with safety tips and pictures of things I can see anyway may impress some...the manuals I prefer have the routing of the actual wire plumbing runs, parts lists with sizes of fittings (really rare), how specialty items with trim, multiple layers/parts come apart....you know....stuff that helps me BEFORE ripping off panels and crawling around and poking in impossible spots to fit while tracing runs,....etc.

Thankfully in recent years...used boats without much at least have forums and manuals on-line to help...probably help just as much as the newer more complete manuals as few owner's manuals are ever complete or written for tech level maintenance.
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Carver came with extensive parts list,wiring and plumbing diagrams through hull and calving locations data sheets on all pumps, heads electrical equipment andultiple engine and transmission manuals. Pretty compete iMO
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Carver came with extensive parts list,wiring and plumbing diagrams through hull and calving locations data sheets on all pumps, heads electrical equipment andultiple engine and transmission manuals. Pretty compete iMO
This is the second time I've heard about Carver manuals being very complete. Nice to hear.
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