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How to Build a Wooden Boat

SKU BKS9780937822104
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Written by an experienced boatbuilder, this book aims to teach everything there is to know about building a carvel planked cruising boat. It covers the entire boatbuilding process, from lofting to fitting out, taking you step-by-step through each procedure. It describes: cedar-planking; oak framing; cotton caulking; and bronze fastenings, in a fashion that is intended to be understandable even to a novice. Combine Bud's text with the elegant yet clean drawings of Sam Manning, and you have a classic text, in print for over 30 years.

Table of Contents:


  • Laying Down
  • The Making of Molds
  • The Ballast Keel
  • The Backbone: Keel and Sternpost
  • The Backbone : Stem, Rabbet, and Frame Sockets
  • The Backbone: Tail Feather, Transom, Molds, and Sheer
  • Ribbands and Timbering Off
  • Floor Timbers
  • The Planking Process: From the Sheer Down
  • The Planking Process: From the Garboard Up
  • A Smooth and Fair Hull
  • Ceilings
  • Fitting the Deck Framing
  • Laying the Deck
  • Building the House
  • Hatches and Other Deck Joinery
  • Fittings the Bulkheads
  • Spars
  • The Rudder
  • Tools and Devices