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  • Building a Fiberglass Boat
  • Epoxy Basics
  • GRP Repair Companion
  • How to Fiberglass Boats
  • The New Cold-Molded Boatbuilding
  • The Boatbuilder's Apprentice
  • Stitch-and-Glue Boatbuilding
  • Devlin's Boatbuilding
  • Wooden Boatbuilding
  • Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction
  • Instant Boatbuilding with Dynamite Payson
  • How to Build Boat Trailers
  • Lofting a Boat

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    By Arthur Edmunds. Paperback, 0.32kg, 139mm x 217mm, 204 pages, monochrome photographs and line drawings.
    Arthur Edmunds is a top naval architect and his knowledge of the building industry has never been more apparent than in this book.
    He has written this book so the reader, unfamiliar with the construction process, will understand every aspect of the process. But this is not a beginner's-only boat building book. Advanced craftsmen and top professionals have equally as much to learn from Arthur's years of experience.
    Art takes the reader from the first step of building a Fiberglass Boat to the last step, in a manner that will certianly inspire all who ever pondered the notion. He expertly explains why a competent craftsman would want to unertake the seemingly overwhelming task of building his own boat.
    Art has described the two most popular sizes and styles of boats as examples for the project; a twenty-five-foot open boat and a thirty-three-foot cruising boat. Sail is also explained. By referring to these example boats, the reader can envision a boat of any size, limited only by the imagination.
    Everyone can learn from this book. If you have a boat just waiting to be built, you will now have the knowledge. If you never plan to build a boat, you will understand the entire process, making the Buying Experience far less confusing.
    There are no Trade Secrets, only knowledge not yet learned.

    NZ$61.50 + delivery.

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    By Russell Brown. Paperback, 0.17kg, 214mm x 280mm, 42 pages, Colour photographs.

    Working with Epoxy cleanly & efficiently. This book gives a pointed overview of methods used by the author for Gluing, Filleting, Glassing, and Coating. It includes tips for fill coating, gloss coating, glassing edges and corners, using peel ply, surface preparation, tools, safety, and troubleshooting. Large color photos accompany the text.

    Russell Brown has been working for 40+ years in lightweight boat construction, with an eye toward engineered solutions. Using thin plywood and maximising the potential of wood/epoxy construction to best advantage, he strives for construction that is light in weight but very strong...

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    By Pete & Penni Vincent. Spiral Bound, 0.05kg, 80mm x 220mm, 24 pages, 48 Photos - 15 Diagrams. Published 2019

    Anyone who owns a fibreglass boat (GRP or FRP, yacht or dinghy) knows that it can get damaged in the rough and tumble of everyday use. Sometimes the damage is serious enough to warrant a professional repair. But at other times it is more minor, and you might want to repair it yourself. But how do you repair it, so you canít see the repair Ė get that really professional-looking finish?

    This small spiral bound book takes you through the equipment, tools and materials you need and then explains the 8 stages of a glass fibre repair job: from the vital initial preparation to the final polish. This is followed by a step-by-step guide to making different repairs including small nicks, scratches and scuffs, star-crazing and deeper areas requiring fibreglassing. Also covered is repairing deck / hull joints, non-slip surfaces, moving fittings and leak testing and repair.

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    By Ken Hankinson. Paperback, 0.37kg, 214mm x 276mm, 128 pages, monochrome drawings and photographs.

    Divided into two parts, this book has 14 chapters. Part one covers: an introduction, why cover a boat with fiberglass? fiberglass materials, resins, safety, how much will you need? tools & equipment, surface preparation and how to do the job.
    Part two covers: polypropylene fabric, modacrylic fiber fabric, arabol glue & fabric sheathing, "exotic" materials (kevlar and carbon fibre), and C-FLEX sheathing systems.
    There is also a glossary of terms and a very good index at the back of the book.

    NZ$51.50 + Delivery
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    By Ruel B Parker. Paperback, 0.69kg, 185mm x 235mm, 320 pages, monochrome photographs and diagrams.
    REPRINT 2005
    It's generally agreed that cold-molded construction is the best method for the ameteur or low-profile professional interested in building a full-size cruising boat. A truly appropriate technology, cold molding combines the beauty of wood with the low-maintenacne characteristics of fibreglass. This book is the complete, soup-to-nuts presentation of this process, with chapters detailing every facet of construction: from choosing a design and setting up through engine installation and wiring to launching and sea trails.
    In addition the author has streamlined the cold-molding process considerably, producing boats that are more economical, efficient, and sturdy.

    NZ$56.00 + Delivery

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    By Greg Roessel. Hardback, 1,12kg, 226mm x 282mm, 342 pages, monochrome photographs, diagrams and tables.
    The ins and outs of building Lapstrake, Carvel, Stich-and-Glue, Strip-Planked and other wooden boats.
    Whether you are contemplating your first-ever boatbuilding project or trying to decide what design you'd like to try next, Greg Roessel can help. Here's just a glimpse of what's inside this complete overview of wooden boatbuilding:
  • How rowing, sailing, paddling and powerboat designs peform, and how they compare in cost, time and necessary skills for building.
  • How to choose the best boat and building method for your next project.
  • How to loft a hull, steam-bend frames, scarf a joint, cut a rabbet, laminate stems, and file planks.
  • How to take the lines of an old classic whose plans have been lost.
  • How to amke oars, spars, coamings, knees, gaff jaws, cleats and more.

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    By Chris Kulczycki. Paperback, 0.58kg, 215mm x 275mm, 246 pages, monochrome drawings, plans and photographs.
    Building a stitch-and-glue boat brings you as close as you'll ever get to instant boatbuilding. It's the fastest, easiest method yet devised for creating a strong, beautiful, seaworthy craft with your own hands. Now, one of the world's premier stitch-and-glue designers, builders, and teachers gives you the information and guidance you need to build the boat of your dreams in your backyard, basement, or garage.
    Chris Kulczycki explains why you don't need to be a master craftsman with dozens of specialized tools to creat a sleek, responsive small boat. He lays out the basic stitch-and-glue building techniques; outlines the shortcuts and pitfalls; and details the materials you'll need. Then he guides you through each phase of the building process, from cutting plywood panels and stitching them together to gluing the seams with epoxy to fiberglassing, sanding, painting, finishing, and outfitting.

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    DEVLIN'S BOATBUILDING, How To Build Any Boat The Stitch-And-Glue Way
    By Samuel Devlin. Paperback, 0.35kg, 235mm x 185mm, 198 pages, monochrome photographs and diagrams.
    Stitch-and-glue boatbuilding is method where often quite complex hull shapes can be easily built from flat sheets of plywood. This is a great way of producing a good-looking vessel where time, experience and money are all in short supply.
    Devlin has been designing and building boats using this construction method for almost two decades so has had plenty of opportunity to learn the strength and weaknesses of stitch-and-glue construction. His book takes the reader through the complete process from choosing an appropriate design to setting up the panels and joining the whole boat together. Many existing designs can be modified to suit this construction method and many designers, including Devlin himself, produce designs for stitch-and-glue.

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    By Ian Hugh Smith. Softback, 0.79kg, 210mm x 300mm, 219 pages, Colour photographs, plans and diagrams. Published 2019
    Explaining boatbuilding methods to first-timers, easy to understand and containing professional tips not always found in other boatbuilding literature.This book is a compilation of prior manuals by the author, for teaching the range of boatbuilding construction methods. Now combined in one volume, each of the four manuals covers a different method of constructing a boat.
    These are:
  • Building a Traditional(lapstrake) Clinker Dinghy
  • Epoxy Strip Planking
  • Plywood Clinker Construction
  • Building the Whiting Skiff.

    The intro includes choosing a design, choosing a building method, and mistakes to avoid. Also included is a carvel section, (no cold-molded section), a restoration section, and a "plans you can build" section.

    The book is strong on explanation via photos and many sketches and drawings.

    NZ$80.00 + Delivery

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    By The Gougeon Brothers. Hardback, 1.61kg, 285mm x 220mm, 395 pages, monochrome and colour photographs and drawings.
    To make this edition a richer resource for the 21st century reader, they have chosen to revise, reorganize and update the book, but not to rewrite it. To edit out less popular consruction methods like stressd skin or stringer-frame construction or replace fundamental building disciplines such as lofting with modern counterparts like, computer-assisted design (CAD) would rob the reader of choices. And so the book does include some things that they no longer do, but this information provides a historical perspective on how "modern" wood/epoxy construction evloved and potential techniques that could still be of interest to current builders.
    The Gougeon brothers are the folk who developed the wood epoxy saturation technique and wood composite construction, as we know it today. For anyone building a wood composite vessel this is the book to have. The book gives excellent coverage of laminated hull construction, strip plank construction, tortured ply construction as well as the more traditional methods and finishing details.

    NZ$140.00 + Delivery

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    By Harold Payson, Paperback, 0.49kg, 215mm x 286mm, 189 pages.
    Dynamite Payson, the acknowledged master of the "Instant Boat", has teamed up once more with longtime collaborator and renowned designer Phil Bolger to bring you 15 new smart and able boats you can build with ordinary carpentry tools. a few weekends of time, and no previous boatbuilding experience. Using his well-proven taped-seam method, Payson provides full plans and step-by-step instructions to build:
  • a small multipurpose skiff for sail, oar and power
  • a pirogue for single- or double-paddle
  • a big pram
  • a maneuverable peapod for oar and sail
  • a shallow-draft sailing pocket cruiser
  • two rugged outboard-powered work skiffs
  • and more
    Cut plywood panels to the clearly labled dimensions in these pages, glue and tape them together, and you'll be amazed at the sprightly and functional boats you create.

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    By Glen L. Witt. Paperback, 0.32kg,212mm x 275mm, 112 pages, black & white illustrations, line drawings. Published 1996.
    This 2nd ed. of How to Build Boat Trailers clarifies the problems of trailer boating as well as covers the parts and methods used in trailer construction. Covers boat trailers for carrying boats from smaller craft through trailerable cruisers. The book is set out in easy to read chapters on the following topics:
  • Axles.
  • Springs.
  • Wheels, Hubs and Tyres.
  • Wheel bearings.
  • Brakes
  • Trailer Frames.
  • Couplers.
  • Jack Stands.
  • Boat Forms.
  • Winches.
  • Lights.
  • Hitches.
  • Boat Launching and Retrieving.
  • Trailer Handling.

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    By Roger Kopanycia. Paperback, 0.44kg, 170mm x 246mm, 146 pages, colour illustrations, line drawings. Published 2011.
    Lofting is the essential stage in the transition between designing and building a boat; this highly practical manual shows exactly how to loft a boat of any size.
    With clear explanations and hundreds of step-by-step drawings, it progresses from first principles through to the full range of techniques, guiding you through each stage and bringing your project to life. Starting at the very beginning with a blank loft floor, it covers:
  • the range of core skills and techniques used in lofting
  • setting out the lofting grid
  • the lofting process itself, ending with the full-size reproduction of the boat's lines drawing
  • the techniques used to transform a full-size lines drawing into a construction drawing
  • taking templates and mould stations off the loft floor
  • More involved aspects of lofting
    Whether you want to loft a 12ft sailing dinghy or a 60ft deep-keeled ocean-going yacht, the range of skills and techniques is exactly the same; this book shows how lofting is something that anyone can do.

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