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  • Ship Construction
  • Elements of Modern Ship Construction
  • The Gaff Rig Handbook
  • Practical Junk Rig
  • Principles of Yacht Design
  • Ship Stability for Masters and Mates, 7th Edition
  • Elements of Yacht Design
  • The Elements of Boat Strength
  • How to Design a Boat - Sail and Power, 4th Edition
  • Understanding Boat Design, 4th Edition
  • Boats With An Open Mind
  • Pete Culler on Wooden Boats
  • Herlin Yachts
  • Classic Classes
  • Pete Culler's Boats
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    All This and Sailing Too An autobiography of Olin J. Stephens II, the leading desginer for Sparkman and Stephens

    By D J Eyres & G J Bruce. Softcover, 153mm x 230mm, 0.56 kg. 388 pages. 7th Edition

    Understand ship construction from start to finish with this comprehensive, clear and readable introduction.

  • The only book to cover the basics of ship construction and production in a concise and readable manner for students, newcomers to the industry and those needing a working knowledge outside of their existing core specialism.
  • Covers the complete ship construction process, including the development of ship types, materials and strengths, welding and cutting, and ship structures, with numerous clear line diagrams for ease of understanding.
  • Includes the latest developments in marine technology, including extended chapters on materials and ship building technology.

    Acting as both a professional reference on current approaches in shipyard practice and a comprehensive introduction for students in any marine discipline.

    This new edition includes recent advances in computer-aided design and manufacture, plus updated international regulations for ship types, new materials, fabrication technologies, safety practic and shipyard technology.

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    By David J. House. Hardback, 297mm x 210mm, 368 pages.
    This latest book by David House is an extensively illustrated work covering all aspects of ship design and construction.
    Continual changes in the history of ship design have been brought about by the needs of trade, class and legislation. This current work provides a glossary of shipyard terminology and shipboard elements up to the 21st century.
    The work shows detailed aspects of virtually all of today?s shipping arms, inclusive of: Container and Roll-On Roll-Off vessels, Liquid Cargo tankers, Bulk Carriers, Passenger and Dry Cargo ships. Shipboard measurements, together with operational features are well illustrated and detailed throughout.
    The fore and aft, working ends of the vessel, with their anchors and mooring patterns are clearly depicted. Propeller detail and various rudder options being included alongside specific shipyard practice.
    This work provides positive insight to the working areas of the ship, namely the cargo hatch areas, mooring decks, machinery and propulsion elements of the working vessel. The now more familiar use of aluminium, ceramics and composites are also illustrated in and around the arena of ship building.
    Modern tankers, with double hulls, large car carriers with their multi-decks, and majestic passenger vessels have all been incorporated to give an extended overview of today's commercial shipping.

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    By John Leather. Paperback, 210mm x 276mm, 240 pages, black and white photos and line drawings.
    To many, a well built wooden craft of superior traditional design, with gaff rig, is a thing of unparalleled beauty.
    From the humble waterman's boat to the sturdy North Sea fishing smacks to the great racing cutters of the late 19th century, gaff rig has proved effective, versatile, and greatly admired.
    Over the past 40 years, this book has become internationally regarded as the definitive reference for anyone designing, building, rigging or sailing either an existing gaff rigged craft or a new one. It outlines the practical aspects of the rig, masts, spars, sails, running and standing rigging, and contrasts the developments of gaff rig in Britain, America, Scandinavia and France.
    The Gaff Rig Handbook provides a fascinating insight into the design, history, techniques and developments of a rig which has evolved over centuries and which is strongly extending its use for pleasure sailing in the 21st century.

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    By HG Hasler & JK McLeod. Softcover, 0.64 kg 220mm x 276mm, 243 pages, black and white line drawings. Reprinted 2011
    The fore-and-aft Chinese junk rig is incomparably safe, seamanlike and easy to handle. As such, it is particularly suitable for small boats and for shorthanded or family sailing in all weather.

    In this encyclopedic volume the late "Blondie" Hasler and his partner Jock McLeod, both pre-eminent in their field, have synthesized 25 years of research and development of the junk rig as adapted to western craft. It is a work which has been welcomed by the growing number of yachtsmen and designers throughout the world who already enjoy the benefits of junk rig or who wish to design one. First published in 1988, it has become the definitive work on the subject.

    Practical Junk Rig examines the design and aerodynamic theory behind junk rigs and discusses how best to sail them. It is not a historical treatise but rather a detailed analysis of the intricacies of the rig, which will be of absorbing interest to both amateur owners and professional designers. It examines the rig in detail, the principles that underlie it, considers possible alternative shapes and arrangements and, of course, performance, all assisted by a wealth of detailed line illustrations.

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    By Lars Larrson & Rolf E Eliasson. Hardback, 202mm x 272mm, 350 pages.
    This book has now established itself as the standard book on the subject for practising designers, naval architecture students, discerning boat owners and the boatbuilding industry as a whole. Now revised and expanded for the fourth edition, it examines every aspect of the process of yacht and powerboat design.
    The authors have used a newly designed 41 foot performance cruiser to demonstrate the practical application of yacht design theory. Beginning with the yacht's specifications, the authors examine:
  • the geometry of the hull using lines plans and CAD techniques
  • hydrostatics and stability in calm water as well as waves
  • Design of the hull, keel and rudder
  • the aerodynamics of the sails and the consequential influence on the sail plan
  • How to find the balance of the yacht
  • selecting the correct propeller and engine
  • the special hydrodynamics of high-speed power boats
  • structural design aspects for both sail and power boats
  • loads acting on the hull and rig, and methods for computing them
  • different fibre reinforced plastics, including sandwich laminates
    The authors concluded by examining practical matters such as the layout of the cockpit, deck and cabin, and provide a complete weight calculation for the boat.
    Illustrated with many explanatory diagrams, the authors have succeeded in making this complex subject remarkably clear and accessible for professionals and amateurs alike.

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    By C.B.Barrass and D.R. Derrett, Paperback, 1.02kgs, 190mm x 235mm, 567 pages, monochrome diagrams. Published 2012
    The leading book on ship stability - essential reading for maritime engineers, seafarers, and students alike.

  • Established, well-known text covering all aspects of ship stability and squat, interaction and trim, ships motions and quadrature.
  • Numerous worked examples and clear diagrams, graphs, and equations assist with the understanding and application of this critical subject.
  • Updated throughout to include new shipping industry developments and regulations, with 9 new chapters, the latest ship stability datasheets, and new sample exam questions.
    This book provides a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of ship stability to assist masters, mates, and engineering officers with qualifications and professional practice.

    Established internationally as a go-to resource for naval architecture students, shipboard officers, dry-dock personnel, ship surveyors, and marine consultants, the seventh edition of this classic text is an essential reference to a critical topic for all maritime students and professionals, seafairing or land-based.

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    ELEMENTS OF YACHT DESIGN, the Original Edition of the Classic Book on Yacht Design
    By Norman L. Skene. Pbk, 155mm x 235mm, 254 pages, monochrome photographs, drawings and plans.
    Skene's Elements of Yacht Design is one of the most famous yacht design books ever written. First published in 1904, Skene did several revisions, the last of which was published in 1938 - this is the edition reproduced here in its original form. In 1962 the book was completely revised by Francis S. Kinney. A last version was published in 1973 and it has long been out of print.
    Whilst this reprint may be looked on as a piece of history, to do so is to miss the main value of the book. The hydrostatic and aerodynamic principles described in this book in detail with tables and graphs, are basic principles and therefore timeless. They are as immutable in application as the method of working out a celestial position line. These sailing ship design elements are very well and concisely described; the book is warmly recommended to anyone interested in the tabular and quantitative information needed for yacht design. Hence presumably its popularity nearly 100 years ago!

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    THE ELEMENTS OF BOAT STRENGTH, for Builders, Designers and Owners.
    By Dave Gurr. Hbk, 190mm x 240mm, 368 pages, monochrome photographs, drawings and plans.
    The author is an acclaimed technical author and naval architect; he has created this unique system of easy-to-use scantling rules and rules-of-thumb for calculating the necessary dimensions, or scantlings, of hulls, decks and other boat parts, whether built of fibreglass, wood, wood-epoxy composite, steel or aluminium.
    In addition to the rules themselves this book offers their context: and in depth, plain-English descriptions of boatbuilding materials, methods and practices that will guide the user through all aspects of boat construction.
    This book has all of the formulas, tables, illustrations and charts needed to judge how heavy each piece of the boat needs to be to last long and voyage safely.

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    By John Teale. Paperback, 138mm x 217mm, 137 pages, monochrome drawings.

    This straightforward guide is designed to take the novice step-by-step through the stages of designing both power and sailing boats, explaining the reasons behind the procedures and using typical lines plans and working drawings to help understanding.

    Since it was first published, How to Design A Boat has proved itself something of a bestseller.

    The late John Teale designed cruising yachts, fast powerboats, motor cruisers and commercial craft. Virtually all his designs were one-offs and were built all over the world.

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    By Ted Brewer. Pbk, 0.29 kgs, 185mm x 235mm, 147 pages, monochrome photographs, drawings and plans.
    This book has long been the recognised easy-reading guide to the principles of boat design, and provides the answers to a score of questions about hull shape, rig design, keel configurations, engines, and safety aspects in stability. Used and recommended by the national boat-building school, it has eased tens of thousands of readers worldwide into the complex world of yacht design. It is an ideal introduction for backyard builders, students of boat design, someone looking to buy their first boat, or merely the armchair enthusiast.

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    By Philip C. Bolger, Paperback, 230mm x 185mm, 420 pages, monochrome drawings and plans.
    The business of production boatbuilding operates within extraordinarily narrow confines. Go to a boatshow, and you are impressed by how much alike the boats look. Designs are distinguished not by unique attributes but by degree - how fast they supposedly go, how many people they sleep, the quality of craftsmanship, how much they cost. This is assuredly not because a tidal creek birdwatcher wants the same kind of boat as an ocean cruiser. Rather, it's due to the requirements of mass production. It wasn't always so; back before fibreglass made it possible to build multiple hulls from one mold, each boat was an individual creation and could be shaped to satisfy any combination of requirements, no matter how whimsical.
    Here are 75 novel and wonderful boats - some strange, some beautiful, all of them paragons of Philip Bolger's form-follows-function design philosophy. A planing microtrawler; a glass-galleried, beachable birdwatching boat; a fully enclosed ocean-cruising rowboat; cruising sailboats that take the ground at low tide; power, sail, and rowing boats from 6 to 95 feet - these are boats as only Bolger's unfettered imagination does them.
    This is the first collection of Bolger's work in almost 15 years. It is long, long overdue.

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    Edited By John Burke. Pbk, 215mm x 275mm, 386 pages, monochrome photographs and line drawings.
    Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, R.D. "Pete" Culler was one of a triumvirate of small-boat authorities - along with John Gardener and Howard Chapelle - whose writings kept traditional wooden-boat design and building alive in America. Culler was also a superlative boat designer and builder in his own right. His designs are classic melds of elegance and utility, and his workmanship is akin to artistry.
    Collected here is the best of Pete Culler, including the complete texts of his two classic books - Skiffs & Schooners and Boats, Oars and Rowing - along with articles from The Mariner's Catalogs and commentaries from Pete Culler's Boats: The Complete Design Catalog. A blend of clarity, good sense, insight, and wry humor. Culler's writing helped launch the wooden boat revival and inspired a generation of enthusiasts. He remains an unimpeachable authority on the design, building, and use of traditional small boats, and this collected wit and wisdom is a vital reference and a source of unending pleasure and fascination for builders and owners of small wooden boats.

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    By Tore Herlin. Hardcover, 430mm x 303mm, 96 pages, monochrome photographs and line drawings. Text in both Swedish and English.
    When Herlin Yachts was printed for the first time, in 1967, Tore Herlin was still alive. The choice of drawings was his own - a difficult task to find a representative number among all - and he wrote the text for the book.
    Tore Herlin was a humble man who, probably, did not consider his personal history as being of interest to the readers. At that time, he was an authority beyond dispute in Sweden for everything that has to do with vessels, boats, seaworthiness, racing rules, etc.
    In 1967 there was no need for a presentation.
    Now, 40 years later, the circumstances are different, and it is time for a new generation to get to know his work. He was a constructor with an astonishingly broad repertory. His constructions are timeless and still of interest. Therefore a new eidtion! ByHerlin Society

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    By Vanessa Bird. Hardcover, 196mm x 252mm, 160 pages, colour photographs and line drawings. Published in 2012.
    Showcasing 140 of the most stunning and enduring classic yachts, keelboats and dinghies, Classic Classes is the perfect resource for classic boat owners and enthusiasts worldwide. Focusing on the well-known and popular classes that are still active today, this book covers over 125 years of yachting history, from the Dublin Bay Water Wags of 1887 to the ubiquitous Laser dinghy of the late 20th century. It is a complete reference book covering a diverse selection of craft: from the 7ft Optimist dinghy, to the Nordic Folkboat and Contessa 32, and the leviathans of the classic racing scene, the 125ft J-Class, as well as many more in between.
    Designers featured include some of the most recognisable names in the world, such as William Fife III, Olin Stephens and Uffa Fox, whose input has helped revolutionise dinghy and yacht design. Lesser known, but just as important, designers - many of whom were amateur - have also been included in this book, producing a very thorough survey of 20th century boat design.
    Classic Classes contains a wealth of information on each class's design, history and development, as well as details of what the boats are like to sail, their price on the new and secondhand markets and fascinating stories about the boats and the people that sail them.
    Published in advance of the 2012 Olympic Games, there is also a section of the book on the history of sailing at the Olympics, as well as a guide to the 44 classes of dinghies and keelboats that haven been used since 1896.

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    By John Burke. Hardcover, 1.26kg, 218mm x 285mm, 295 pages, black and white photographs and line drawings. Published in 20120.
    If you are an admirer of traditional boat design - and if your idea of a good boat is a practical boat - you'll find an astounding windfall of designs in this book.
    The pillars of Pete Culler's design philosophy were simplicity, economy, and ease of use. He believed that designs based on the working craft of the past could fulfill today's boating needs - and do so with style - while recognizing that many of these boat types could be cumbersome, even burdensome, as required by the trade that spawned them. In the words of author John Burke, "Captain Pete's lasting contribution lay in his ability to refine and enhance these workboats for today's pleasure uses, without losing their applealing qualities."
    Pete Culler worked in a shop, not an office. He built boats, as well as designed them. His career as a boat designer was relatively short - the bulk of his design work was done in the 1960s and 1970s. Every design he ever put on paper - more than 100 in all - is included in this book.
    The boats range from the "Good Little Skiffs" to the sturdy, ill-fated schooners Integrity and John F. Leavitt. They include a wheelbarrow skiff, a fast gig, outboard workboats, a sharp wherry, a double-paddle canoe, a V-bottomed yawlboat, a Sharptown barge, a scow schooner, fast launches, a 26-foot tugboat, a dogbody, a Tancook whaler, a Baltimore clipper, an express cruiser, sampans, shallops, sharpies, and schooners.
    Author John Burke grew up in the shadow of Pete Culler's shop. His book is a labor of love, undertaken with the help of Pete Culler's widow. If you find it to be an inspiration, an appendix includes a list of all the boats built in the shop, and tells you how to order plans to build your own simple, economical and easily handled boat.

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