The Australian Eighteen Footer has been a big part of Sydney Harbour, the Brisbane River and to a lesser extent Perth and a number of harbours up and down the NSW and Queensland coast for more than a century. But where did they come from? Folklore tells us that they evolved from working boats, but no-one ever traced the links and documented it.
Retired Sydney boatbuilder Ian Smith explains the history and evolution in his new book - The Open Boat. The book contains a thorough coverage of how these boats were built, with a how-to guide based on extensive interviews in the last decade with the last remaining builders of these boats before it all changed in the 1950's.
Rigs & Sails
NZ$70.00 + Delivery
PLANS & DREAMS VOLUME 1.
By Paul Garside. Softcover, 228mm x 300mm, 217 pages, 1.22 kg monochrome drawings and plans.
23 READY-TO-BUILD BOAT DESIGNS.
The boatbuilding projects that appear in this volume first appeared in the magazine Watercraft. Each chapter contains detailed tecnical information on all aspects of wooden construction, both traditional and modern, as well as complete plans for home-building the particular boat featured.
The accompanying essays include musings on the world of boatbuilding in general, with a particular focus on the pleasures derived from working with pencil and paper, with hand tools and natural materials.
Included are full set plans for 23 small wooden boats. These range from the simplest plywood prams to plank-and-frame cutters of the highest sophistication and complexity. Influences are drawn from local traditions in the places where the authour has lived and worked. Suitable for amateurs and professionals, students of design and boat dreamers in general.
NZ$140.00 + Delivery
FOUR COMPANION BENFORD DESIGN BOOKS:-
- Small Ships,
- Cruising Designs,
- Pocket Cruisers and Tabloid Yachts,
- Small Craft Plans.
SMALL SHIPS, Fifth edition; Working Vessels and Workboat Heritage Yacht Designs.
By The Benford Design Group. Pbk, 215mm x 275mm, 360 pages, full colour and monochrome photographs, plans and drawings.
This is recognised as a standard work on boat design options for those planning to employ a tradesman boatbuilder. The range is primarily of workboat power craft that are - as the title suggests - "small ships".
The book is a large number of comprehensive study plans which feature tugs, small freighters, ferries, excursion boats, trawler yachts, houseboats and fishing vessels. Jay Bensford's designs have the outward appearance of classic tradition. This, however, is very much a profile disguising innovation and up-to-date thinking as far as the use of space, materials and construction methods are concerned.
The book is very well illustrated with occasional colour photographs of Benford Design vessels on the water.
Was NZ$98.00 + delivery.
Now NZ$60.00 + delivery.
POCKET CRUISERS AND TABLOID YACHTS.
By Jay Benford. Paper backs, 280mm x 215mm, 149 pages, monochrome drawings and plans.
Jay Benford designs robust cruising boats all based on the traditional models. These three books are his design catalogues but also feature much useful anecdotal information.
Even if you do not build one of his boats these books provide some wonderful dream material.
NZ$51.50 + Delivery
SMALL CRAFT PLANS, 15 Complete Designs for Dinghies and Tenders.
By The Benford Design Group. Pbk, 215mm x 275mm, 95 pages, monochrome photographs, plans and drawings.
The 15 designs are more than the usual study plans. On the basis that the craft are all dinghy sized, the book provides a complete set of working drawings for each vessel plus tables of offsets. This is on the basis that they can be enlarged to suit the needs of the builder for full size patterns etc (try using an OHP onto a plywood screen!). The readability of each plan is excellent and the reduction for the large size is in most cases only 50% that of the full-size working drawing.
Sailing dinghies as well as pulling boats are included. In each case there is an explanation of the origins of the design together with interesting anecdotal testimony relating to the incidents and people that stimulated the ideas.
NZ$40.00 + delivery.
JOHN WELSFORD'S SMALL CRAFT DESIGN CATALOGUE, 4th Edition - 2004.
By John Welsford. Pbk, 297mm x 210mm, 38 pages, full colour photographs and monochrome drawings and plans.
We can do no better than to quote what is on the front cover:- "Plans for home builders; sailboat - rowboat - powerboat". THis is truly a catalogue of small boat plans, interesting and entertaining stories, and information for those who are longing for a boat of their own. A person of modest means could build one of these boats.
A unique and most valuable addition is that John is always available by phone or other means to give advice on choice, sailing techniques and characteristics (he is a devoted sailor), building and changes to planned structure or rig.
See alson John's Backyard Boatbuilding for which this is a useful study plans supplement.
NZ$25.50 + Delivery.
THIRTY WOODEN BOATS, A Second Catalogue of Building Plans.
By The Editors of Wooden Boats. Pbk, 210mm x 275mm, 80 pages. Monochrome study plans.
If you have been thinking of building a boat, consider this book. It is a catalogue of designs for the amateur, the professional and the dreamer. Construction plans for all of the designs are readily available from the publishers - Wooden Boat Publications.
This book is similar in format to the well-known Wooden Boat publication Fifty Wooden Boats, however all of the plans are new. The craft shown include Sailing vessels, powerboats, tenders and canoes and comprise a wide variety of boats suitable for rivers, lakes, estuaries, bays and deep-sea.
The designs come from some of the best designers of the 20th century; represented are John Hacker, Nelson Zimmer, William Garden, Michael Alford, Joel White, Phillip Bolger and other such well known designers and builders.
NZ$35.00 + delivery.
FIFTY WOODEN BOATS Volume 1, A Catalogue of Building Plans.
By The editors of Wooden Boat Magazine. Pbk, 210mm x 275mm, 112 pages, monochrome drawings and plans.
Many of the designs in this catalogue are from the greatest designers of the century. There are also new designs commissioned by Wooden boat specifically for amateur construction, from the boards of contemporary marine architects.
Craft include sailing dinghies, powerboats and rowing boats. In size they range from the very well known Nutshell , at 7 feet 7 inches, to the 41 foot Alden design schooner Malabar II There are skiffs, catboats, day-sailers and lapstrake canoes.
All of the plans are available at full size from Wooden Boat Publications, and they can be ordered directly from this catalogue using dedicated order forms in the last pages.
Was NZ$50.00 + delivery.
Now NZ$35.00 + delivery.
PELIN BOAT PLANS CATALOGUE.
By Frank Pelin. Pbk, 295mm x 210mm (A4), 88 pages, monochrome drawings and plans.
There would be hundreds of Pelin designed boats all over New Zealand. For an inexpensive, easy to build outboard powered runabout his designs are still hard to beat, even though they have been around for several decades. This catalogue features all of his well-known runabout designs, rowing skiffs, sailing dinghies and trailer yachts, sailing catamarans and larger cruising yachts and launches. Included in the catalogue is a price list for the plans.
NZ$26.00 + Delivery.
THE SHARPIE BOOK.
By Reul B. Parker. Pbk, 233mm x 187mm, 179 pages, monochrome photographs, drawings and plans.
Sharpies are flat bottom craft suitable for shallow water areas. They are easy to build and stable. For someone who wants a coastal cruising boat but who does not have a lot of money to spend this could be one way to go. Reul Parker is an American designer who specialises in this type of vessel. His book gives a brief history of the type, tells you how to build one and provides complete plans for a number of his designs in the form of lines drawings and tables of offsets.
NZ$48.00 + Delivery.
100 BOAT DESIGNS REVIEWED, Design Commentaries by the Experts.
Edited by Peter H. Spectre, Pbk, 235mm x 190mm, 264 pages, monochrome photographs, drawings and plans.
This book is one of the excellent Wooden Boat Magazine Publications. In the book are lines plans and commentaries for 100 boats that have been reviewed in Wooden Boat Magazine over the years. Most are of traditional styling and included are sailboats and powerboats. Even if you do not want to build one of these boats the book makes is great for just gazing at the various plans.
NZ$65.00 + Delivery.
By C. P. Kunhardt. Hardcover, 227mm x 306mm, 272 pages, line drawings.
Over one hundred years ago, the original edition of Small Yachts appeared as the first study of yacht design. Its author, C.P.Kunhardt, had been the yachting editor of the sporting journal Forest and Stream, and enjoyed one of the most thoroughly informed and influential positions of his day.
His intent, as expressed in the preface, was to cover "the whole range of type in small yachts, but embracing only those which have received sufficiently wide recognition to entitle them to public confidence". Small Yachts heralded the beginning of a widespread appreciation for variation in boat types, and had its own effect on the developing synthesis of art and science in yacht design. As such, it has become an extremely important element in the history of naval architecture, and deserving of a prominent place in any serious nautical book collection.
The original editions contained a considerable amount of text material relating to contemporary processes in yacht design and construction, and numerous other areas of pleasure boating. But republication of the entire text would have created a very cumbersome and expensive volume. The abridged edition contains virtually all original plates, and their accompanying descriptive text. It preserves intact the essential purpose - the study of small yacht types - for which it became so widely known.
NZ$130.00 + Delivery.
THE SAILOR'S BOOK OF SMALL CRUISING SAILBOATS
By Steve Henkel. Softcover, 412 pages, 210mm x 280mm, black and white photos and diagrams.
This American publication contains reviews and comparisons of 360 boats under 26 feet.
Complete specifications for almost every small fibreglass cruiser ever built.
Sail, cabin, and inboard profile plans.
Detailed comparisons of boats with similar characteristics.
Massive amounts of hard-to-find technical and historical information.
NZ$56.00 + Delivery.
THE GUIDE TO WOODEN BOATS
By Maynard Bray / Benjamin Mendlowitz. Softback, 180mm x 150mm, 172 pages, full colour plates.
This classic pictorial tour of wooden boats showcases a rich collection of images by Benjamin Mendlowitz, the preeminent photographer of wooden boats, who has become well known as the producer of the Calendar of Wooden Boats since 1983. Entries include schooners, ketches, cutters, sloops, yawls and cats. The result is a stunning guide to sailboats and their rigs with text by renowned marine historian Maynard Bray – a true feast for the eyes as well as the imagination.
NZ$41.00 + Delivery.
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