Boat Building. Page one.



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  • How to Build Boat Trailers
  • Lofting a Boat
  • Marine Reinforced Plastics Construction
  • Forty Wooden Boats
  • Building a Fiberglass Boat
  • Epoxy Basics
  • How to Fiberglass Boats
  • The New Cold-Molded Boatbuilding
  • The Boatbuilder's Apprentice
  • Stitch-and-Glue Boatbuilding
  • Fibreglass Boats 5th Edition
  • Fiberglass & Other Composite Materials
  • Devlin's Boatbuilding
  • Fiberglass Boatbuilding for Amateurs
  • Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction
  • Instant Boatbuilding with Dynamite Payson
  • Build the New Instant Boats
  • Building the Sea Eagles
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    HOW TO BUILD BOAT TRAILERS.
    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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    LOFTING A BOAT.
    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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    MARINE REINFORCED PLASTICS CONSTRUCTION.
    By John A. Wills. Paperback, 0.73kg, 215mm x 278mm, 256 pages, monochrome photos and illustrations, line drawings.
    This is a highly authoritative overview of the materials and techniques used to build the boats we call fiberglass...
    From the outset, it is clear that Wills is a plastic man...He loves the stuff, affectionately recalling how his 'first whiff of acrylic monomer...smelled like a good martini.' The book is divided into three sections: background of conventional and state-of-the-art materials and methods; types and causes of blistering problems and repair options; and a reference index...
    Who should read this book?...any boatbuilder or yard man who is interested in making better boats and repairing them properly, as well as boatowners with a technical interest in the subject of laminates, especially those with a bad case of the pox.
    This is an immensely valuable book...the author is passing along a lifetime of experience.

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    FORTY WOODEN BOATS.
    By Editors of the Wooden Boat Magazine. Paperback, 0.27kg, 206mm x 277mm, 94 pages, line drawings.
    Your next boat just might be here on the pages of Forty Wooden Boats. Assembled by WoodenBoat Publications, this comprehensive catalog of boat plans contains classic and contemporary designs from old masters as well as from promising young architects.
    Canoes and Kayaks
    These elegant personal watercraft are inexpensive, easily built, easily transported (on cartop), and easily stored. You can choose from six different designs ranging from the 17'B.N. Morris canoe to the 21' Tred Avon double kayak.
    Sailing and Pulling Boats
    These little boats performe well under sail and oar. They are superb as tenders, trainers, and small beach cruisers. You'll find six of these likable designs here, including Joel White's 11' Shellback Dinghy and John Atkin's 14' Willy Winship.
    Performance Rowing Craft
    Thoroughbreds of the human-powered fleet, these amazingly fast boats will provide all the exercise and challenge you want. You can study the drawings for two 18' Ken Bassett sliding-seat boats and the exciting new 27' Kookaburra - a double scull from Graeme King.
    Daysailers
    Here you will find real daysailers, with real cockpits and real seats, for real daysailors. Choose from ten designs ranging from a 13' Melonseed Skiff by Marc Barto to a graceful 23' double-ended sloop from Joel White's drawing table.
    Powerboats
    Observation of the contemporary waterfront could lead to the conclusion that most powerboats are overpowered, metal-flaked monstrosities. Not so, say the people at WoodenBoat. As evidence, they present ten elegant powerboat designs. In this impressive fleet, you'll find the stylish Bermuda 28 mahogany runabout from Nelson Zimmer and a pair (16' and 19') of ruggedly handsome, hard-working garveys from Doug Hylan.
    Cruising Boats
    Here's a distinctive fleet of seven traditional cruisers that will take you places you've never been. From the delightfully simple 19' Cat Schooner by William Garden, to the robust 26' Lubec Boat by Brewer, Wallstrom & Associates, these plans will set you to dreaming.

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    BUILDING A FIBERGLASS BOAT
    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.

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    EPOXY BASICS.

    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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    HOW TO FIBERGLASS BOATS.

    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.

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    THE NEW COLD-MOLDED BOATBUILDING.
    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.

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    THE BOATBUILDER'S APPRENTICE.
    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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    STITCH-AND-GLUE BOATBUILDING
    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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    FIBREGLASS BOATS, 5th Edition.
    By Hugo Du Plessis. Paperback, 0.78kg, 172mm x 245mm, 288 pages, monochrome and full colour photographs and diagrams.
    Since it was first published over 40 years ago, Hugo du Plessis' Fibreglass Boats has become a classic, relied upon by owners, surveyors and boat builders keen to understand how fibreglass behaves, and obtain practical advice on working with GRP.
    In a deliberately non-technical manner, Hugo du Plessis explains the peculiar nature of fibreglass, its durability, its weakness, where it is likely to fail, the effects of use and the weather, plus the latest research into causes of the biggest worry for owners - blistering and osmosis.
    This masterly work will continue to be an invaluable source of reference for anyone wanting practical advice on working with GRP in order to make repairs and improvements correctly and thus extend the life of their boat.

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    FIBERGLASS & OTHER COMPOSITE MATERIALS.
    By Forbes Aird, Paperback, 0.44kg, 217mm x 275mm, 154 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
    For many years, race cars of all types have been constructed with lightweight materials in addition to aluminum and steel. These include fiberglass, Kevlar and carbon fiber. This space-age technology is also being applied to many street cars, street rods, boats and light aircraft. Carbon fiber is now used in everything from tennis racquets and golf clubs to bicycles, telescopes, camera tripods, and hundreds of other products - even musical instruments!
    This revised and updated edition of one of the most popular reference books on the subject offers the latest technology and equipment to help you construct and repair your own lightweight body panels and components. Fiberglass & Other Composite Materials is required reading for racers, automotive enthusiasts, engineering students, marine and aircraft enthusiasts, and body shop technicians.

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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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    FIBERGLASS BOATBUILDING FOR AMATEURS.
    By Ken Hankinson. Paperback, 1.1kg, 212mm x 275mm, monochrome photographs and drawings.
    This book provides a ready reference that cover as comprehensively as possible all aspects of building a boat from so-called 'fiberglass' materials from the standpoint of the amateur builder. In the process, the author assumes that the reader/builder has no previous experience or knowledge of fiberglass materials and procedures.
    The text may not describe the ONLY way to build a fiberglass boat, or ALL the ways to build a fiberglass boat, or even the BEST way to build a fiberglass boat. But it will describe the PRACTICAL ways for the majority of amateurs to build a boat from fiberglass. The books also includes some new approaches using some more advanced materials that hold promise for the amateur who is the more 'experimental' type.
    Because the field of fiberglass and plastics is radpidly changing, a book on these subjects can at best only reflect the state of the art at the time it is written and one can only hope that the information that follows will remain topical for as long as possible. In other words, while the text is as 'up-to-date' as it can be, it is not necessarily the last word on the subject.

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    THE GOUGEON BROTHERS ON BOAT CONSTRUCTION, FIFTH EDITION Wood & West System Materials.
    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.

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    INSTANT BOATBUILDING WITH DYNAMITE PAYSON.
    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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    BUILD THE NEW INSTANT BOATS.
    By Harold "Dynamite" Payson, Paperback, 0.46kg, 216mm x 279mm, 148 pages, black and white photagraphs and illustrations. Published in 2010.
    Here are eleven new Instant Boats to choose from, including three built with a new "Tack and Tape" method that eliminates most of the beveling and results in a very shapely and spritely craft. Flip through the pages and compare the odd, sometimes startlig shapes of the patterns with the pleasing sheers and functional good looks of the completed boats. You will begin to appreciate the genius of small craft designer Philip Bolger. In the opening chapters Dynamite tells you with common sense and uncommon good humour everything you need to know to build one of his boats. You can then start right ion cutting readily available plywood sheets to precomputed patterns. Before you know it you will be fastening them together - all your basic assembly virtually behind you, and years on the water just ahead.

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    BUILDING THE SEA EAGLES.
    By David L. Nichols, Paperback, 0.85kg, 215mm x 278mm, 204 pages. Published in 2010.
    The Sea Eagles are two original beach-cruising sailboat designs from David L. Nichols - one 16 and a half feet and the other 14 and a half feet, with full plans for building them and thorough, meticulous instructions and photos.
    Beach cruisers are sailboats designed to pull up in the shallows near shore for overnight camping, with room for sleeping on board if desired, and ample stowage for gear so you can stay out for a weekend or a week of adventure. These new designs take the general concept and perfect it with the extra righting moment provided by a weighted keel, plus the extraordinary handling abilities imparted by tandem centerboards.
    This book will guide even the novice building through each step of the building process with clearly written sequences and hundreds of excellent colour photographs. There are also extensive chapters on making all the spars and sails. The builder can choose between the larger or smaller design, either of which can be built in a double-car garage. They are fitted with traditional sails that are simple and easy to rig, with masts that fold down on tabernacles to make quick set-up a snap. These boats can be launched from a trailer with the same ease as a power boat because they both draw less than 15 inches of water with the boards up. But even with their shallow draft, these boats stay on their feet because there is a generous amount of fixed lead and concrete ballast in the box keels.
    For beginner boatbuilders on up to more experienced craftsmen, this book will provide a wealth of information on creating a versatile, safe, delightful sailboat.

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