Devlin's Boatbuilding: How to Build Any Boat the Stitch-and-Glue Way / Edition 1

Devlin's Boatbuilding: How to Build Any Boat the Stitch-and-Glue Way / Edition 1

by Samual Devlin
     
 

Why is stitch-and-glue boatbuilding so popular?

Any number of construction methods will produce a beautiful boat. But for the backyard builder with limited experience and a tight budget, the choice is not so complicated. Traditional plank-on-frame and cold-molded construction require complicated lofting and building molds—to say nothing of expensive tooling

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Overview

Why is stitch-and-glue boatbuilding so popular?

Any number of construction methods will produce a beautiful boat. But for the backyard builder with limited experience and a tight budget, the choice is not so complicated. Traditional plank-on-frame and cold-molded construction require complicated lofting and building molds—to say nothing of expensive tooling and lots of time. Stitch-and-glue construction, on the other hand, can produce the same results with a substantial savings in time and money. The process is quicker, easier, uses fewer parts, and produces a boat that is much easier to maintain—without the building molds and with only the simplest lofting. For tools, you need little more than a circular saw, a sander/polisher/grinder, a block plane, a framing square, a level, and a tape measure.

Sam Devlin has elevated stitch-and-glue boatbuilding to an artform, and his graceful designs have attracted the attention of backyard builders across the country. Here is all you need to know to build the boat of your dreams, whether it's a 7-foot dinghy or a 40-foot power cruiser. Devlin's Boatbuilding: How to Build Any Boat the Stitch-and-Glue Way shares the wisdom of his 16 years of experience designing, building, and helping others build his fleet of small sail- and powerboats.

It's all here, from choosing a design and setting up shop to painting the finished hull and launching. There is also a gallery of Devlin's designs and a detailed appendix listing sources for tools and other materials.

Here is everything you need to know about stitch-and-glue construction, from its leading proponent:

  • Setting up shop
  • Selecting the right marine plywood
  • Converting plywood-on-frame designs for stitch-and-glue construction
  • Working with epoxy and fiberglass
  • Proper stitching and reinforcement
  • Finishing the hull
  • And much more

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071579902
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
10/25/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
198
Sales rank:
655,416
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Sam Devlin has been in love with boats since childhood--a fact perhaps influenced by his first bedroom, a ship replica complete with curved walls and a seaberth. The boatbuilding operation he started with his wife on a shoestring in 1977 has flourished, and Devlin Designing Boat Builders each year rolls out between 20 and 40 stitch-and-glue boats of various sizes from its shop on the shores of Puget Sound.

Table of Contents

Dedication


Introduction: The Magic of Boats


Chapter 1. The Advantages of Stitch-and-Glue Boatbuilding


Chapter 2. Setting Up Shop


Chapter 3. Selecting a Suitable Design


Chapter 4. Selecting Marine Plywood and Dimensional Lumber


Chapter 5. Epoxy Systems


Chapter 6. Fiberglass Cloth and Tape


Chapter 7. Scarfing


Chapter 8. Lofting


Chapter 9. Modeling


Chapter 10. Scantlings


Chapter 11. Building Cradles


Chapter 12. Stitching Up the Hull


Chapter 13. Bulkheads, Clamps, and Floor Timbers


Chapter 14. Filleting and Glassing Plywood Joints


Chapter 15. Rolling Over the Hull


Chapter 16. Removing Wires


Chapter 17. Cold Molding the Stitch-and-Glue Hull


Chapter 18. Keels, Rudders, Skegs, and Other Appendages


Chapter 19. Sheathing the Exterior


Chapter 20. Sanding and Fairing


Chapter 21. Marking the Waterline and Painting the Bottom


Chapter 22. Righting the Hull


Chapter 23. Interior Structures


Chapter 24. Painting


Chapter 25. Exterior Trim and Hardware


Chapter 26. Propulsion


Chapter 27. Launching


Chapter 28. Repairs


Appendices


A. Devlin's Designs


B. List of Suppliers


Index

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