Although better than nine out of ten boats afloat today are made of fiberglass, a significant minority of boaters believe that a boat isn't a boat unless it's made of wood. Wooden boats have character. Wooden boats are real. Wooden boats are living things, not plastic stampings from the corporate cookie cutter. But new wooden boats are priced beyond the reach of most families, and building from scratch takes more time and energy than many people have. The alternative, buying a tired old wooden boat and "fixing it up," is harder than it sounds because the available information is written for skilled craftsmen using traditional methods and materials to restore antique boats to museum standards--worlds away from the needs of the average boater. Enter author Jim Trefethen, who rebuilds wooden boats in Marblehead, Massachusetts, using modern materials and methods, such as epoxy laminations, to replace traditional heavy timber framework.
Written for the novice, this book tells the reader how to select the right boat; establish a work schedule and budget; buy the right tools and equipment; select alternatives to endangered tropical rainforest woods; repair and modify the hull, topsides, deckhouse, masts, and interior; when, why, and how to use fiberglass; paint and refinishing; repairing electrical and mechanical systems, and more.


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"I strongly recommend this book. It is as full of humor and wisdom as practical tips...It's an enriching, helpful book." The Ash Breeze "Not just another how-to book, this is in-depth instruction written with knowledge, compassion and love for wooden boats." The Ensign

Jim Trefethen, a lifelong sailor and boater, is a former technical writer and editor who for the past ten years has made his living renovating and repairing wooden boats in Marblehead, Massachusetts. His approach is single-minded: Fix the boat and get it in the water by whatever means necessary, authenticity be damned.

Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter One: Why Wood? Is Fiberglass Really Easier to Maintain? Fiberglass Boats Last Forever Wood Rots and Fiberglass Delaminates Wooden Boats Cost a Lot to Build Plastic Boats Have More Space Used Wooden Boats Cost Less Wooden Boats Are Real Boats Wooden Boats Are Traditional Boats Chapter Two: Selecting the Perfect Project Boat Attemptus Futilitus What Kind of Boat Do We Want? Where Can We Work? Let's Stop Planning and Start Looking Where Do We Look? What to Look For Narrowing the Field Negotiations The Offer to Purchase Get a Survey Financing Your Purchase So Let's Buy It Already Chapter Three: Work Schedule and Budget Planning with a Computer The Work Schedule The Project Budget Chapter Four: Something About Tools Buy the Best--You Deserve It Used Tools Are Good Tools Borrow if You Can, Rent if You Must Keep It Sharp The Basic Tool Kit The Tool Box Saws Chisels and Gouges Planes Measuring and Marking Tools Power Tools Circular Saws Bandsaws Planers Jointers The Drill Press Power Sanders Hand Drills Routers Chapter Five: Boatbuilding Woods Grades of Lumber Sawing and Drying Lumber Rain-Forest Woods Oak Teak Mahogany Cedar Cypress Sitka Spruce Douglas Fir Larch Plywood Marine Plywood The Affordable Alternative Veneers Chapter Six: Just for the Hull of It Defining Terms Hull Repairs Carvel Planking Strip Planking Lapstrake Planking Plywood Cold-Molded Hulls Chapter Seven: Hull Repairs Epoxy Hull Flexibility Refastening Frame Repairs Laminating Bent Frames Plank Repairs Spiling Carvel Planking Lapstrake Planks Strip Planking Plywood Fiberglassing Wooden Hulls Chapter Eight: All Hands on Deck Deck Leaks The Fiberglass Option Doing the Job Wooden Decks and Other Forms of Self-Flagellation Cabin Trunk and Deckhouse Spars and Rigging Chapter Nine: Internal Spaces The Tick-Stick Trick The Built-Up Bulkhead Interior Cabinetry Drawers Louvered Doors Sinks and Countertops Chapter Ten: Little Boats--Big Memories Works in Progress Renovating Runabouts Renovating Canvas-Covered Boats Renovating Lapstrake Boats Chapter Eleven: The Finishing Touch Surface Preparation Sandpaper Sanding New Work Sanding Old Work Varnish The Epoxy Undercoat Brushes for Varnish Applying Varnish Maintaining Varnish Polyurethane Paint Surface Preparation for Painting Epoxy Base Coat The Prime Coat Brushes for Paint Applying Paint Appendix A: Suggested Reading Appendix B: Sources of Supply Glossary Index

General Fields

  • : 9780070652392
  • : McGraw-Hill Education
  • : McGraw-Hill Education
  • : 0.766
  • : November 1992
  • : 243mm X 223mm X 22mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 302
  • : black & white illustrations