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  • Clinker Plywood Boatbuilding Manual
  • Clinker Boatbuilding
  • How to Build a Wooden Boat
  • Something About Navigator
  • Wooden Boatbuilding
  • 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
  • Building Small Boats
  • How to Build Glued-Lapstrake Wooden Boats
  • Boatbuilding With Plywood
  • Ultrasimple Boatbuilding

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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.

    NZ$75.00 + Delivery.

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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.

    NZ$45.00 + Delivery.

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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.

    NZ$95.00 + delivery.

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    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.

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    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.

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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.

    NZ$66.00 + Delivery

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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.

    NZ$67.00 + Delivery

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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.

    NZ$75.00 + delivery.

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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.

    Was NZ$77.00 + Delivery.

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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.

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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.

    NZ$65.00 + Delivery.

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    By Greg Rossel. Hardback, 1.05kg, 220mm x 285mm, 278 pages, monochrome photographs and line drawings.
    This very attractive book is as good inside as it appears from the outside. It is a classic Wooden Boat "how to" book and an old favourite for those who want to understand classic wooden boat construction - either to do it themselves, or vicariously by admiring the skills in others.
    The focus is on two types of construction, plank-on-frame (or carvel), and clinker. The entire process is described, from selecting plans, setting up the workshop, lofting, building and finishing.
    The explanations are explicit both in narrative and by using a considerable number of photographs and line drawings. For anyone who has ever wanted to make their own small wooden boat this book is a gateway to the process.

    NZ$105.00 + delivery.

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    By John Brooks & Ruth Ann Hill, Hardback, 1.27kg, 220mm x 285mm, 281 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
    Lapstrake boats are known for their lovely sweeping lines formed by their overlapping planks. In glued-lapstrake boats high grade mahogany marine plywood planks are glued together with epoxy to form a permanently watertight, light, strong, resilient, easy-to-maintain and beautiful boat.
    John Brooks, along with his wife Ruth Ann Hill, will show you a method of construction that can be used to build a wide variety of designs – a method that is straightforward and efficient whether you plan to build one boat or a dozen. They won’t abandon you when the going gets interesting, but will let you in on all the tips and techniques they’ve discovered by building boats in their own shop – from a building jig system that requires no clamps, to hard-won finishing secrets.
    John’s popular WoodenBoat School classes never fail to produce a group of excited boat builders ready to start their own boats. This book will teach you all you need to know to build your own elegant glued-lapstrake boat, one that you will be proud to use and hand down to future generations.

    NZ$117.50 + delivery.

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    By Glenn L. Witt. Hardback, 1.08kg, 220mm x 283mm, 302 pages, monochrome drawings, plans and photographs.
    This is the Modified Third Edition of the well-known text covering plywood and its use in boatbuilding, especially from the standpoint of the amateur builder. It has become the recognized standard on a subject usually covered in other books in a chapter at best.

    Widely used as a reference text in college level boatbuilding classes, this practical book explains the simple ways to build your own boat, taking you step-by-step from lofting to finish. You can almost build a boat by "reading" the pictures and drawings. All aspects of plywood boat construction are covered including lofting, materials to use, tools required, framing methods, covering with fiberglass using either epoxy or polyester resin, cold-molded planling, cabin joinery work, and fiberglass over plywood use.

    This is a "must have' book for both the beginner and accomplished boatbuilder who plan to build a boat using plywood. Numerous drawings and photos help put this building method in perspective and illustrate how almost anyone can build a plywood boat. The author is a practicing Naval Architect and boatbuilder who specialises in the field of amatuer boatbuildeing. He knows his subject because he has built boats to develop new methods and this book is a testament to his expereince and expertise.

    NZ$120.00 + Delivery.

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    ULTRASIMPLE BOATBUILDING – 17 Plywood Boats Anyone Can Build.
    By Gavin Atkin. Paperback, 0.65kg, 210 x 280mm, 234 pages, black and white photographs and illustrations.
    This complete how-to guide to the simplest boats you can build is perfect for first-time builders, parents working with children, school and community projects, and anyone who wants to build a good, inexpensive boat with a minimum of fuss. You’ll find:
  • Plans and step-by-step instructions for 17 designs you can build right out of the book
  • Some designs so simple that you can put them together in a day with just a ruler, a hammer, a handsaw, and glue
  • Everything you need to know, from tools and materials to choosing a design that suits your boating plans
  • Boats are from such well-known designers as Gavin Atkin, Jim Michalak, Murray Isles, and others.

    NZ$47.00 + delivery.

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