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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine; 5 edition (1 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071628347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071628341
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 3.3 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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``An outstanding reference book and great value to the amateur boat builder.'' (Boatbuilder)

``The best building manual for wooden boats there is--clear, concise but inclusive, and written so the experienced boatbuilder can read it.'' (Gardner, John Mystic Seaport Museum)

``The core around which any serious wooden boatbuilding library should be built.'' (WoodenBoat) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Boatbuilding Manual is one of the most widely read texts on the subject, and it has been used for years as a standard reference at both boatbuilding and design schools.

A builder and designer for more than 55 years, Robert Steward has rare abilities as a writer and draftsman. His phrasing is clear and easy, and he writes the absolute minimum necessary for a complete understanding of the subject.

This fourth edition, like its predecessors, emphasizes traditional wooden construction but also surveys plywood, wood-epoxy, fiberglass, steel, aluminum, and other boatbuilding methods. The chapters on interpreting plans, lofting, and moldmaking are common to all methods. New to this edition are several chapters arising from the "Miscellaneous Details" chapter of earlier editions; an appendix on sharpening tools; expanded tables of metric equivalents; an expanded and annotated source guide for plans, fasteners, hardware, wood, and other staples of boatbuilding; and a list of additional reading.

Praise for Boatbuilding Manual:

". . . the best building manual for wooden boats there is--clear, concise but inclusive, and written so the inexperienced boatbuilder can read it."--John Gardner, Mystic Seaport Museum

"I first got acquainted with the Boatbuilding Manual in the early 1970s when Murray Peterson, the yacht designer, gave me a copy saying, 'Read this. It's the best book on small-boat building I've ever seen.' I had to agree and it's still true. Steward's book is in a class of its own. It's the book I always recommend for boatbuilding classes, and we've used it to fine advantage at the local high school."--Sonny Hodgdon, Hodgdon Yachts, Inc., East Boothbay, Maine

This is a book at home in the workshop, not the library. Pulled from beneath a pile of shavings, it is the thing to help make a tough decision or to quiet an unwelcome adviser."--SAIL --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Chris Lawton on 17 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
A useful book to have if you are into boat building. However, it's written entirely for the US market so all sources, materials and suppliers are US based. A better book from a solely UK perspective is Richard Birmingham's 'Boat Building Techniques Illustrated' ISBN 0713676213 or John Leather's pricey paperback 'Clinker Boatbuilding'.
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A well written and comprehensive book. As a novice (to boat building) this book has avoided too much jargon and explains things clearly and concisely. It provides not only an overview of different building methods but detail enough of each method to allow the user to assess which one to use if unsure. It is written by an American but this does not appear to be a drawback for the British market with the possible exception of timber preferences. Again as a novice I am not sure how significant this is. I certainly feel well informed enough. The layouts and diagrams are also mostly clear and easy to understand.
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By ikrentchev on 25 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
A very nice book. I like how deep into the details they went in. I'd prefer to have received color pictures inside.
The links, provided inside offer even further exploration into the world of boating in general. Recommend it to everyone who needs to understand the basics.
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By Cyara on 1 Feb. 2014
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I bought it for my hubby. He likes it a lot and has found it very useful with planning one of our projects.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Lamb on 28 Sept. 2009
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I have had several transactions with this seller, and I have always been satisfied with the quality of the item and the price. Top marks for Aphrohead!
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