This is a book to read if you need information about structural wear on any part of a boat.   It is aimed at would-be professional surveyors so some of the terms used will be to the ordinary reader.  It is, however, a mine of information for the cruising yacht and includes a good index.

There are numerous coloured photos of every kind of problem from osmosis (both serious and minor) to innocuous looking cracks which could cause dismasting in the next blow.  Some heartening news is included (eg that bronze sea cocks can last 50 years) and much helpful instruction about rectifying major faults.   Also to be found are references to other matters such as VAT on foreign purchases and various building safety regulations. The format is clear and it is an easy read.