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  • How to Fiberglass Boats
  • The New Cold-Molded 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 Larry Pardey. Hardback, 1.30kg, 260mm x 210mm, 447 pages, monochrome drawings and photographs. 2016 25TH Anniversary Edition

    This impressive book shows the process of constructing a boat hull with extensive photographs and drawings and includes ample time-saving procedures, which will help you to save money, time, and energy while creating the boat of your dreams.

    This book will guide you with the right tools and equipment, planning and detailing as well as how to create and make your own tools. Guides to repairing and maintaining your boat are included as well. A world of useful information is contained in just these 448 pages.

    Larry Pardey was one of the master craftsman of the wooden-boat building world. He and his wife, Lin, having built two, strong, handsome boats an sailed twice around the world in them.

    NZ$100.00 + Delivery

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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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    From Lofting to Launching
    By Ruel B Parker. Paperback, 0.69kg, 185mm x 235mm, 320 pages, monochrome photographs and diagrams. 2005

    This book features a building process which combines strength, beauty, and the workability of wood, with the low-maintenance characteristics of epoxy.
    Ideally suited to the amateur builder wanting a good, solid cruising boat, this is a complete "soup-to-nuts" presentation of the cold-molding process, with chapters detailing every facet of construction--from choosing a design and setting-up, through engine installation and wiring, to launching and sea trials.

    Reuel Parker has streamlined the cold-molding process to produce economical sturdy boats.

    NZ$60.00 + Delivery

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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.

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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.

    NZ$42.00 + Delivery

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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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