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  • Pelin Boat Plans Catalogue
  • Plans & Dreams Vol II
  • Plans & Dreams Vol I
  • The Sharpie Book
  • Small Yachts
  • Sailor's Book of Small Cruising Sailboats
  • Building Classic Small Craft
  • The Dory Book
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    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$30.00 + Delivery.

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    By Paul Garside. Softcover, 228mm x 300mm, 200 pages, 1.07 kg monochrome drawings and plans. 2018

    Volume II of Plans & Dreams contains complete building plans for 20 small boats. They were first published together with the accompanying essays in the British magazine Water Craft. All the designs are professional plans, drawn with the amateur builder in mind. Accompanying essays provide tips on technique and building procedure that should prove useful to first-time builders.

    The projects in this collection range from an 8ft. Childís Rowboat to a 43ft. Steel Motor Sailer, the latter clearly pushing the limits for a part-time builder. Still, it never hurts to dream, and this volume should provide ample stimulus to do just!

    NZ$160.00 + Delivery

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    By Paul Garside. Softcover, 228mm x 300mm, 217 pages, 1.22 kg monochrome drawings and plans.

    This book from Paul Gartside is a collection of 23 essays, each accompanied by a full set of ready-to build boat plans. The essays provide relevant technique and professional know-how along with musings on the world of boats in general.

    All the plans are for wooden boats spread across the categories of power, sail and oar. They range from the simplest plywood pram dinghy to sailboats of the most sophisticated traditional construction. There are twenty three complete plan sets, plus a final chapter containing detailed deck and mast ironwork drawings.

    Whether you are looking for the next building project or simply enjoy pondering the possibilities, this volume will provide endless distraction.

    The essays were first published in the magazine Water Craft. They have been re-formatted for the book with additional photographs.

    NZ$160.00 + Delivery

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    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$52.00 + Delivery.

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    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$70.00 + Delivery.

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    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.

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    By John Gardner. Paperback, 1.16kg, 285mm x 220mm, 536 pages, monochrome drawings, plans and photographs.
    When John Gardner died in October 1995, there was an outpouring of letters and eulogies in the boating press from his legions of fans. Wooden Boat magazine stated Gardnerís work has engaged and inspired more individuals connected with traditional small craft that will ever be counted. This book is a commemorative edition of Gardnerís two volumes on building classic small craft, and includes complete plans and instructions for 47 beautiful, small boats for oar, sail and motor. In here youíll find the classic skiffs, wherries, duckboats and dories that characterised Gardnerís work. Full plans and text completely explain the building process, from laying down the lines to finishing out the hull.

    NZ$63.00 + Delivery.

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    By John Gardner. Paperback, 0.89kg, 210mm x 275mm, 275 pages, monochrome photographs, drawings and lines plans.
    The dory has long fascinated boat lovers. Of the simplest design, built from the most common materials, the dory has the ability to handle the most demanding tasks.
    The variations on the basic dory design are legion. Over the years the dory has been duty as a fishing boat, a lumberman's log-driving batteau, a lifeboat, a recreational rowing boat, and a racing sailboat.
    This book is the most comprehensive book on dories ever published. More than a decade in the making, it is at once a history of the dory, a practical handbook on how to build a dory, and a compendium of dory designs with full construction details. On these pages can be found details about some of the legendary dory types: Bank dories, Swampscotts, gunning dories, semi-dories, St. Pierre dories, flat-irons, dory skiffs, and batteaux. Its step-by-step illustrations of exceptional clarity make this book unique.

    NZ$85.00 + delivery.

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