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  • Wooden Boatbuilding
  • From the Loft Floor to the Sea
  • Details of Dinghy Building
  • Details of Classic Boat Construction
  • The New Cold-Molded Boatbuilding
  • Wooden Boatbuilding
  • Clinker Plywood Boatbuilding Manual
  • Clinker Boatbuilding
  • How to Build a Wooden Boat
  • Buehler's Backyard Boatbuilding for the 21st Century
  • Boatbuilding Manual, Fifth Edition
  • Boat Building Techniques Illustrated
  • Boatbuilding With Aluminum
  • Yacht Interior Construction
  • Planking and Fastening
  • Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction
  • Instant Boatbuilding with Dynamite Payson

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    By Jean-Francois Garry. Softback, 0.34kg, 270mm x 250mm, 126 pages, Colour Photos and Line Drawings. 2009

    Aimed at the novice builder and accessible to the amateur. The focus is on classic boat construction and restoration, but at all stages modern methods, materials and techniques are employed, together with step-by-step diagrams and explanations.
    Well illustrated with colour photos and detailed close-up watercolour illustrations, this book will be invaluable for students of boat design and construction, do-it-yourself boatbuilders and even modelmakers.

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    By Christian Topf. hardback, 1.89kg, 220mm x 280mm, 358 pages, colour photographs. Published 2021

    From the Loft Floor to the Sea is photographer and designer Christian Topf's exhaustive visual and verbal journal of the building of the 68ft Pilot Cutter Pellew, by Luke Powell and his team in Cornwall.
    She is the largest traditional wooden sailing boat to be built in the UK for decades – and this is probably the largest and most gorgeous book ever to record the process.
    Chris visited the yard at Truro almost every week throughout the build to bring us this mouthwatering production, in which you can almost smell the sawdust, the hot pitch, and the linseed oil.

    One of the most successful of the Cornish pilot cutters was Vincent, built in 1852 for the Vincent family of St. Mawes. At 61ft on the water-line, 68ft overall, and 90ft over her spars, Vincent was a substantial vessel displacing 74 tons. With a total sail area of 2,290 sqft, her mainsail alone was 1,500 sqft, requiring both skill and brawn to sail and manoeuvre. She worked for seventy years and finally retired in 1922.

    But, while her passing went almost unnoticed, she was not entirely forgotten and, in 2015, when a group of enthusiasts sought a suitable large pilot cutter to build anew, Vincent’s plans were unearthed...

    In May 2017, 165 years after Vincent was launched, the keel was laid. Three years later, Pellew — named after Edward Pellew, a great Cornish frigate captain of the late 1700s — set sail from Falmouth, Cornwall.

    A testament to the skill and enthusiasm of all who worked on her. This is the story, in words and pictures, of her build.

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    By W N C Stirling. Softback, 0.59kg, 220mm x 215mm, 190 pages, colour photographs. Published 2021

    Whether she is to be rowed or sailed independently, (or will be the tender to a larger vessel), nothing feels or looks quite like a traditional clinker-built dinghy, 'done right'. And those two words are the key to a boat which will truly grace the water, charm all who use or see her, and maintain her value.
    In Details of Dinghy Building, Will Stirling painstakingly describes and illustrates the many arcane yet vital tasks which can daunt the beginning boatbuilder. Will has been building clinker dinghies professionally for many years and has made, and learned how to avoid, all the mistakes which lie in wait for the unwary.
    Take advantage of his experience, and some 'tricks of the trade', and draw inspiration from the many mouthwatering photographs of finished boats which punctuate the book.

    If you are building a boat, this textual guide and photographic reference will pay for itself many times over, in the time, frustration and embarrassment it will save you. If you're not, you'll find it a fascinating verbal and visual window into a time-honoured traditional craft.

    NZ$90.00 + Delivery

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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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    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.

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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.

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    By Ian Oughtred. Paperback, 0.62kg, 300mm x 210mm (A4), 174 pages, monochrome photographs, drawings and plans.
    First published in 1998, with revisions to 2000, this book is probably the most recent authoritative text on conventional plywood boatbuilding; the author is recognised as an expert in this field. The title is a little restrictive in that the book does contain a great deal of material on general plywood construction and is not limited to clinker boatbuilding.
    This book is a fully detailed study of the methods of building open boats of all types in glued lapstrake. It also contains much essential information for builders of boats of other materials. It has very detailed sections on design, tools, glues, finishing, construction techniques and rigging.
    There are very many excellent photographs and line drawings. For anyone seriously into the complete process of plywood boatbuilding this is a modern and complete textbook.

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    By John Leather. Paperback, 0.27kg, 125mm x 195mm, 216 pages, monochrome drawings, black and white photographs.
    This book describes clinker and cold-moulded construction methods for sailing, rowing or powered boats up to 20 feet in length. Every stage in the process is covered, from preparation, tools, materials, plans, keel structure, planking, frames, centreboards and decks to finishing off the hull, masts and oars. There are also specifications for three different clinker boats which can be built at home by the amateur.

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    By David C "Bud" McIntosh, illustrations by Samuel F Manning. Hardback, 1.10kg, 220mm x 285mm, 255 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
    This is another of the excellent Wooden Boat publications.
    As with their other "how to" manuals this is truly an inspirational and practical book. It was the favoured text used by carpenter, sailor and novice boatbuilder Marc Scott, who built the John Alden schooner Malabar II named Retriever and shown on the cover of the book.
    As with the series in general the narrative is informative and aimed at novice boatbuilders prepared to undertake major boat construction. The text is very well supported by copious line drawings explaining the processes stage by stage. This can certainly be regarded as a standard reference for anyone wanting to build a wooden boat.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
  • And more.
    With this book you can build a better, lighter, tougher boat than you can buy.

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    By Edward Mitchell. Paperback, 0.29kg, 210mm x 148mm, 170 pages, monochrome drawings and plans.
    This is a very simple but very useful book for anyone who needs to construct a yacht or launch interior but is not sure how to go about it. There is full information on the design, construction and fitting of interior cabinets. The book is written primarily for folk fitting out a fiberglass hull but the techniques detailed are equally applicable to any type of hull construction.

    WAS NZ$27.50 + Delivery

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    Edited by Peter Spectre. Paperback, 0.53kg, 210mm x 275mm, 174 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
    A book completely devoted to the information needed for planking - the task that makes the frame at last look like a boat. There are sections on preparing to plank, clamping the planks in place, fastening the planks to the structure, and finishing off. The advice is based on actual projects, some large, some small, with the advice coming from a wide variety of expert wooden boatbuilders. Packed with clear diagrams and photographs, this is a very thorough book.

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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.

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