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

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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
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 198
  • Sales rank: 687,820
  • 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.
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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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