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How to Build a Wooden Boat

by David C. McIntosh

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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.… (more)
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Evaluating this book properly would require a significant grounding in the theory and nomenclature of boat design and the skills (carpentry in particular) associated with putting that theory into practice.

It is entertaining, mostly clear, and cleanly illustrated - but without a firm grasp on maritime terminology, basic engineering, naval operations, and building methods, I found myself quickly lost, discouraged, and decidedly in over my head. Plenty of detail, but with no overview, the book asks at least as much of the reader as it offers.
  augustgarage | Aug 28, 2016 |
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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.

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