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By Bianca & Gordon Barnes. Softcover, 0.55kg, 233mm x 300mm, 83 pages, black and white Photographs.. Published 2009.
Real-time Boatbuilding is a beautiful photographic book by Bianca and Gordon Barnes, chronicling 20 years of a project that Gordon began in 1967 - a project that still has some steps to go before the boat is finished. The idea of a journey that remains incomplete after decades may appear to signal a poignant lack of closure. But in fact, the project itself, the book and a future film on the topic by Bianca are all artifacts of a craftsmanship almost unheard of in this age of instant gratification. The related projects contain the high artistic value of the work itself, as well as an important lesson on the value of slowing down and doing things right.
Photographically and narratively recorded, this is an unusual insight into the trial, tribulations, and joy of boatbuilding.
NZ$70.00 + Delivery.
MOVING HEAVY THINGS.
By Jan Adkins. hardcover, 0.23kg, 47 pages, black and white drawings. Published 2004.
The almost forgotten craft of shifting large weights with brains instead of engines. Beginning with practical rules for moving like "Get the Ming vase out of the Room. All the way out," and "What goes up comes down heavier." This is a fascinating description of applied physics in the real world. If you move engine blocks, concrete mooring sinkers, or nothing heavier than this book from table to lap, you'll enjoy the encouraging narrative and the precise drawings
NZ$30.00 + Delivery.
SOMETHING ABOUT NAVIGATOR.
By Robert Ditterich. Paperback, 0.4kg, 190mm x 216mm, 224 pages, black and white photos. Published 2010.
"This is the story of a happy boat, or so it seems to me..."
A fascinating story of a charming boat, Something About Navigator explores the development, building and sailing of one of John Welsford's most loved designs.
The Navigator has become an incredibly popular boat, with over 600 plan sets sold at last count. Robert Ditterish uses a narrative style to pin down the charm at the root of this popularity, while also extensively illustrating the processes involved in building one, fitting it out and using it. The Navigator 'in the wild' is represented by illustrated essays from experienced Navigator sailors and builders.
The romance of small open boat sailing, and the freedom felt, even just in dreaming about one, will make this book appealing to owners or aspiring owner/builders of many wooden boats available today.
NZ$55.00 + Delivery.
By Jean-Francois Garry. Paperback, 0.38kg, 170mm x 245mm, 126 pages, colour photoes and illustrations.
Wooden boats didn't disappear with the invention of GRP. Building them is still a classic craft that attracts people with a keen interest in traditional boats, as well as professional craftsmen, DIY boatbuilders and modelmakers.
Thoroughly accessible to the amateur, Wooden Boatbuilding takes a unique approach to this timeless activity, using methods, materials and techniques to accomplish classic boat construction and restoration.
Topics covered include:
Drawing up plans
The strength and weaknesses of timber
Types of wooden hull
Framing, planking and caulking
Decking and fitting out
Protecting and maintaining wooden hulls
Choosing the right rigging and sails
Boatbuilding courses and regulations
Beautifully illustrated with detailed watercolour illustrations, as well as close-up photographs, and step-by-step diagrams, Wooden Boatbuilding is an invaluable guide for anyone building their own wooden boat.
NZ$40.00 + delivery.
THE NATURE OF BOATS
By Dave Gerr. Paperback, 0.73kg, 245mm x 200mm, 418 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
For the yacht designer, the owner who wants to know "why" or the person just interested, naval architect Dave Gerr has put together this collection of facts, graphs, stories and drawings which illustrate many of the more obscure details of why a boat performs (or doesn’t) the way it should. Written in an easy narrative style with a very wide range of information covered. This is a real treasure trove for anyone who enjoys thinking about boats. Recently released in a more economical paperback format.
NZ$62.00 + Delivery.
BUEHLER'S BACKYARD BOATBUILDING FOR THE 21ST CENTURY.
By George Buehler. Paperback, 0.71kg, 235mm x 188mm, 400 pages, Pub. 2014 Black & White photographs and diagrams.
For more than a quarter century, backyard boatbuilders have turned to George Buehler's acclaimed DIY guide for expert advice, step-by-step instructions, and the author's irreverent, no-nonsense commentary. Whether you're experienced or unskilled, over-budget or under-financed, into sailing or powerboats, you'll find everything you need to start building--and finish that boat--in one essential guide. Now updated for the 21st century, the undisputed "bible" for boatbuilders is more comprehensive, more practical, and more fun than ever. In this updated version you will find:
10 new, practical, rugged, and ready-to-build designs--including the popular Diesel Duck--with full plans and scantlings.
Up-to-date commentary on the latest materials--epoxies, sealants, metals, fastenings, and more
Step-by-step guidance on choosing the size, complexity, and design that's right for your skillset, your workshop, and your wallet
Stem-to-stern, inside-and-out tips on lofting, framing up, planking, decking, hatches, keels, bolt-ons, finishes, rigging, outfitting, and launching--everything you need to know!
Jam-packed with photographs, helpful diagrams, and cost-effective techniques, this is a must-have reference for todays boatbuilders or those curious "makers" tinkering around the backyard.
NZ$60.00 + Delivery
BOATBUILDING MANUAL, Fifth Edition.
By Robert M Stewart, revised by Carl Cramer. Hardback, 1kg, 240mm x 190mm, 434 pages. monochrome photographs & drawings.
This 2011, 5th edition is increased in size and includes for the first time a wide selection of kits and plans, many created using the latest wood-epoxy construction methods to correspond with the recent growth in amateur boatbuilding.
This is the book that is used as a textbook for boat building courses at our local polytechnics. First published in 1970, over 75,000 copies have been sold. The emphasis is on traditional boat building methods but there is also good coverage of laminated boat building and construction with plywood. There are also excellent chapters dealing with tools, plan interpretation and lofting. There is an exhaustive section dealing with allfacets of planking.
The book would also prove of great value to the model boatbuilder in its descriptions of planking and framing and and hull structures generally, and also the production of plans for making hulls.
Was NZ$63.00 + Delivery
Now NZ$45.00 + Delivery
BOAT BUILDING TECHNIQUES ILLUSTRATED.
By Richard Birmingham, Paperback, 0.77kg, 170mm x 248mm, 312 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
Whether building an entire boat from scratch or just completing a bare hull, sound woodworking skills are essential. No matter if the hull is of steel, aluminium, GRP or any form of wooden construction, this highly illustrated book provides guidance in solving difficult problems.
Part 1 covers the wide range of techniques and skills needed when constructing a boat, from interpreting the plans to hints on working different timbers.
Part 2 discusses materials
Part 3 Gives advice on tools and how to use them.
Richard Birmingham's classic text has long been proved an invaluable reference to both the homebuilder and the newly trained apprentice in a fitting-out yard lacking the skills of long experience.
NZ$75.00 + delivery.
ILLUSTRATED CUSTOM BOATBUILDING.
By Bruce Roberts-Goodson. Hardback, 1.17kg, 190mm x 250mm, 312 pages, black and white photographs.
Are you considering building, restoring or commissioning a boat? This book will give you a unique insight into the range of options open to you, from a variety of construction methods to different building materials and different internal and external designs – before you make the final decision as to what combination is best for your needs.
With over 30,000 of his designs already built worldwide, Bruce Roberts-Goodson draws on 35 years of boat design and building experience, as well as the experience of hundreds of others as they turned their dreams into reality. Covers:
Construction materials and methods
Special tools required
Suitable building sites
Design and build of interiors
Engines for sail and power
Electrical systems for sail and power
Rigging, sail plans and keels
Plumbing and equipment.
NZ$85.00 + Delivery
THE BOAT DATA BOOK, 7th Edition.
By Ian Nicholson. Paperback, 0.35kg, 155mm x 240mm, 216 pages, monochrome tables and diagrams. Published 2014
An indispensable book for owners, charterers, builders, repairers, designers. A unique collection of hard facts and relevant figures in tabular form--data on fastenings, materials, spars, rigging, engines, and equipment, and conversion tables. This edition includes more tables of lengths, widths, and weights, and new data on high-tech development. Now in colour.
If you want to find out...
What size winch to fit
The breaking strength of stainless steel rigging wire
The recommended size for seacocks
What length and size an anchor chain should be
Then this is the book for you. The must have reference book for owners, crew, amateurs and professionals.
NZ$60.00 + Delivery
BOATBUILDING WITH ALUMINUM. Second Edition
By Stephen F Pollard. Hardback, 0.84kg, 195mm x 240mm, 320 pages, monochrome drawings, plans and photographs.
A very experienced custom aluminium boatbuilder puts his knowledge on paper for the small builder or amateur. This is now in it's second edition and he puts a very good case for thinking aluminium if you're thinking of building a boat. It's easier to work than wood, easier to handle and cut than steel, and requires few specialised tools. And aluminium hulls are light, economical, nearly maintenance free, and almost impervious to damage. Boatbuilding with Aluminium lays out everything you need to know to build aluminium boats of almost any size or type, including:
Design and lofting, including new coverage of computer-aided lofting and cutting.
Cutting and welding plates and structural members.
Installing engines, interiors, and electrical systems.
Fairing and painting.
With this book you can build a better, lighter, tougher boat than you can buy.
Was NZ$77.00 + Delivery.
BOATBUILDING FOR BEGINNERS AND BEYOND.
By Jim Michalak. Paperback, 0.7kg, 230mm x 303mm, 175 pages. Monochrome photographs and line drawings.
This book contains full building plans for 6 different boats, including a 14-foot sailboat, a 2-person canoe, 2 rowboats, and 2 motorboats. And it contains instructions for making your own oars, making your own sails, and a wealth of other practical information.
This book takes the complete novice - armed only with a gleam in the eye, and a basic knowledge of hammer, saw and screwdriver - and walks him or her through the process of building a boat. The basic materials are easily available from any lumberyard: plywood, boards, nails, and wood glue. The process is simple, the result is extraordinary - your own boat, ready to take you over the water, built in your spare time, for a fraction of the cost of buying a factory-built(boring!) boat. And the sense of accomplishment is beyond compare.
Full plans and detailed step-by-step instructions are given, with over one hundred drawings and photographs. Those instructions can be applied to any of the plans included: for a sailboat, a motorboat, a rowboat or a canoe.
This book goes beyond just building your boat: it includes chapters on making your own oars and sails; making kick-up rudders, pivoting leeboards, flotation compartments, and hatches; tips for cartopping and trailering your boat; information on fixing used outboard engines; and much more. It is an introductory book that will continue to be pored over as the beginner transforms himself or herself into an experienced boatbuilder.
Also included are a catalogue of 23 other boat designs for dreaming over, a guide to boatbuilding sites on the web, a guide to materials suppliers, and a bibliography of further reading.
A great book for families, for scout groups, for school shop classes, for anyone who enjoys messing about in boats.
NZ$60.00 + Delivery.