Boatbuilding for Beginners (and Beyond): Everything You Need to Know to Build a Sailboat, a Rowboat, a Motorboat, a Canoe, and More! / Edition 1

Boatbuilding for Beginners (and Beyond): Everything You Need to Know to Build a Sailboat, a Rowboat, a Motorboat, a Canoe, and More! / Edition 1

by Jim Michalak, Alyssum Pilato
     
 

ISBN-10: 1891369296

ISBN-13: 9781891369292

Pub. Date: 07/01/2002

Publisher: Breakaway Books

This book takes the complete novice—armed only with a gleam in the eye, and a basic knowledge of hammer, saw, and screwdriver—and walks him or her through the process of building a boat. The only materials needed are easily available from any lumberyard: plywood, 2x4s, nails, and wood glue. The process is simple, the result is extraordinary—your

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This book takes the complete novice—armed only with a gleam in the eye, and a basic knowledge of hammer, saw, and screwdriver—and walks him or her through the process of building a boat. The only materials needed are easily available from any lumberyard: plywood, 2x4s, nails, and wood glue. The process is simple, the result is extraordinary—your own boat, ready to sail, in just a week or two, for a fraction of the cost of buying a factory-built (boring!) boat. And the sense of accomplishment is beyond compare.

The main focus of the book is on building the 14-foot sailing/rowing skiff called "Mayfly." Full plans and detailed step-by step instructions are given, with numerous line drawings and photographs. Those instructions can then be applied to the other full plans included: for a dinghy, a motorboat, a rowboat, a canoe, and two other sailboats.

The only other book to compare is Harold Payson’s venerable Build the New Instant Boats. But where that book leaves off, this book goes beyond: with chapters on making your own oars, making kick-up rudders, pivoting leeboards, sails, flotation compartments, water ballast, hatches, and tips for cartopping and trailering your boat, and much more. It is an introductory book that will continue to be pored over as the beginner transforms himself or herself into an experienced boatbuilder.

Also included are a catalog of twenty other boat plans for dreaming over, a guide to boatbuilding sites on the web, a guide to materials suppliers, and a bibliography of further reading.

A great book for families, for scout groups, for school shop classes, for anyone who enjoys messing about in boats.

Jim Michalak is a former aerospace engineer who has become, in the last decade, one of the foremost designers of small boats in America. He lives in Lebanon, Illinois.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781891369292
Publisher:
Breakaway Books
Publication date:
07/01/2002
Edition description:
Book and Access
Pages:
175
Sales rank:
487,332
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

A Brief Overview of Building a Simple Boat6
Publisher's Introduction7
Wooden Boat History9
Choosing a Design15
Materials and Tools21
Building Your Boat29
The Sailing Bits39
Making a Set of Oars55
Making Sails59
Making a Polytarp Sail63
Rigging a Lugsail66
Some Other Simple Boats:
Piragua72
QT Skiffs74
Jonsboat78
A Taped-Seam Boat83
Robote87
Using Your Boat
Rowing91
Sailing for Nonsailors: Theory96
Sailing for Nonsailors: Doing It99
Using a Powerboat107
Thoughts About the Weather112
Capsize Recovery117
Emergency Flotation119
Hatches and Vents123
Cartopping Boats127
Boat Trailers130
Appendices
Powerboat Math137
Sail Area Math142
Joining Plywood Sheets: Butt Straps and Scarfing Methods145
Bevels151
Resources (Websites, Materials Suppliers, Further Reading)153
More Designs159

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