Ultra-Simple Boat Building

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The first complete how-to guide for building the latest generation of quick and easy boats

In Ultrasimple Boatbuilding, renowned designer Gavin Atkin shows you how to create elegant, seaworthy plywood boats with a minimum of time, experience, and expense. Using clearly written and illustrated step-by-step instructions, Atkin explains the basics of stitch-and-glue construction, tools, materials, shop safety, ...

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Ultrasimple Boat Building: 18 Plywood Boats Anyone Can Build

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Overview

The first complete how-to guide for building the latest generation of quick and easy boats

In Ultrasimple Boatbuilding, renowned designer Gavin Atkin shows you how to create elegant, seaworthy plywood boats with a minimum of time, experience, and expense. Using clearly written and illustrated step-by-step instructions, Atkin explains the basics of stitch-and-glue construction, tools, materials, shop safety, and more, as he helps you choose and build the simple

boat of your dreams.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071477925
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/19/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 374,955
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Gavin Atkin is known around the world for his

minimalist boat designs. His award-winning creations,

including the celebrated Mouse, have been built by countless

boat enthusiasts.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: The Virtues of Small and Simple Boats

 Part 1 How We'll Build Them


1. Three Simple Ways to Build Ultrasimple Boats


The Simplified Chine Log Method


Stitch-and-Glue


Polyurethane Stitch and Glue


Epoxy Stitch and Glue


Your Choice


2. Materials and Tools


Plywood


Buying Plywood


Lumber


Buying Lumber


Adhesives


Epoxy


Polyurethane Glues


Paint and Varnish


Tools


3. Basic Skills


Working with Lumber


Marking


Cutting


Working with Saws


Joining Lengths of Lumber


Working with Plywood panels


Marking out using coordinates


Cutting the panels


Making Butt Joints


Using Fasteners


Pre-drilling holes


Working with hand drills


Using hammers and driving nails


Using screwdrivers and driving screws(sidebar: Working with Chisels)


Working with Glues


Using polyurethane glue(sidebar: PL Hints from Bryant Owen)


Using Epoxy


4. Building the Hull


Building with the Simplified Chine Log Method


Cleats for bulkheads and frames


Cleats for the transoms


Assembling the Bulkheads, Transoms, and Sides


Adding Chine logs


Building Stitch-and-Glue Style


Bulkheads and Frames


Initial Assembly


Taping versus "Stitching"


Making Fillets with polyurethane


Making Fillets with epoxy


Covering the hull


Adding a Skeg


Inwales, gunwales, breasthooks and quarter knees(sidebar: Home Made Clamps)


5. Finishing Your Boat


Painting


Painting with water-based paint


Painting with oil-based paint


Varnishing


6. Fitting out and Rigging


Fittings


Paddling and rowing gear (sidebar: A Rowing Rant)


Sailing Gear


Daggerboards, leeboards, and rudders


Spars


Sails


Rigging(sidebar: Knots)


Preventing rot


7. Model making

Part 2 Let's Build Some Boats


8. Minimouse and Micromouse: two tiny, flat-bottom double-paddle prams


Hull


Decks


Seats


Les Brown's Micromouse


9. Lilypad: a stone-simple punt


10. Mouse and Rowing Mouse: a V-bottomed messabout pram for double-paddle or oars


11. Cruising Mouse: a two-person rowing or paddling pram with carrying capacity


12. PoorBoy: a small outboard skiff


13. Dogsbody: a larger outboard boat


14. Jiggity: an "ultrasimplified" Auray punt


15. Aurette: a small sailing Auray punt


16. Piragua: a pirogue


17. Cinderella: a double-paddle canoe with a "roundish" bottom


18. Flying Mouse: a child's sailing pramString Sailing


19. Eek!: a larger, sportier sailing pram for more experienced kids and small adults


20. Puddle Duck Racer: the world's simplest racing class?


21. Summer Breeze: a versatile rowing/sailing skiff


Using the Simplified Chine Log Method


Stem and transom


Frame


Assembling the Sides


Installing the Bottom


Using stitch and glue


Finishing the Hull


Rowing Accoutrements


Sailing Rig


22. Doris the Dory: a rowing and sailing expedition boat

 Part 3: What Shall We Build Next?


23. A gallery of appealing designs


Phil Bolger


Teal


His 'n' Hers Schooners


Micro


Jim Michalak

AF3


AF4


Ladybug


Harmonica


Murray Isles


Swallowdale 15


Swan Bay


Pepper Gal


John Welsford


Houdini


Tread Lightly


Trover


Jacques Mertens-Goosens


CK 17


Otter 16


Indian River Skiff

Conrad Natzio


Sandpiper


Oystercatcher
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