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Don Danenberg's Complete Wooden Runabout Restoration Guide Paperback – 1 Aug 2008

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International; New edition (1 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760334889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760334881
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.5 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,963,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first complete wooden runaboat how-to guide. Breathe life back into your classic wooden runabout with expert tips from restoration guru Don Danenberg. This valuable guide provides critical information as it discusses woodworking concerns such as surveying, disassembling, repairing, and reconstructing. Lavishly illustrated with 300 photographs that guide you step-by-step through each restoration process. Danenberg also elaborates on topics ranging from engines and electrics to instrumentation and upholstery. --Antique Boat centre dot com<br /><br />In a world where you don t know what prices will do next or worse, you do, just not how much there s the buzz of getting a real bargain with this one: a well-produced and well-illustrated, 432-page softback the word Complete in the title is by no means a misnomer; it includes two volumes previously published separately priced at £22.50. But that s not the bargain: it s the content. Dan Danenburg is a regular contributor to Classic Boating, an American bi-monthly all about what they call runabouts and we call speedboats; marques like Chris Craft, Gar Wood and Hacker. Now I know such craft are relatively scarce on this side of the Atlantic and some will dismiss them as miniature gas-guzzlers but I m sure the methods have much broader value. Introducing Volume 1, Jim Wangard of Classic Boating writes: Before Don... the do-it-yourselfers tended to gloss over the structural integrity of their boats and became mop and glow specialists, concerned with what they could control: varnish and chrome. The boats looked pretty... but the owners just had to hope the batteries kept the bilge pumps running. And further on: We often say the vintage runabout represents an era of lost craftsmanship. Yet, seasonal unemployed farmers and high school kids built most of these boats on production lines... This emphasis on the real over the romantic is what characterises Don Danenberg s approach to runabout restoration and his eminently practical advice applies to many other kinds of lightly-built plank- on-frame craft. For example: The hulls I have repaired with the worst frame damage are the ones where the owner mistakenly applied any kind of caulk rubber, putty or in the worst cases, hard epoxy , he explains All traditionally constructed wooden hulls must allow for some flexing and motion in the frame components. His solution to this problem is to remake any suspect frame and plank components and then coat every piece, old and new, on every surface, with Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer which is both semi-permeable and flexible. And when putting it all back together again, not only does he use proper silicon-bronze fastenings, he also lutes every faying surface with a one-part polyurethane adhesive bedding compound. Interested now? Yes, I thought so... and there s lots, lots more. --Watercraft Magazine october 2008

If you are planning to restore an old wooden boat this book is a must have. Well written, large font and good content --B Boon

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This is an excellent book.Highly informative great illustration and pictures.For the would be restorer this book is essential reading,but I think it is much more for those like myself interested in boats, first sail and then power [I own a Drascombe Dabber and a plastic speed boat]the book is highly interesting and has increased my desire one day to own a beautiful Chris Craft or Riva but I would be going in with my eyes open .If you are into boats from 30 metres to Kayak this book has to sit on your bookcase .PS Price incredible value and I had to wait a little as I assumed book came from the US to the UK but I am not complaining as pre Amazon I would have not have known of this book and if I had , Shipping costs would have been hellish.PS I and my family are big Amazon fans. Thanks Don for a great book.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x99a4e918) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9928c5e8) out of 5 stars A working man's review 24 Nov. 2010
By Jack Spratt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having restored and rebuilt classic wooden boats for the better part of 40 years now, I found this book to be a very nice addition to the practical library of folks that are involved with 1940's-1950's runabouts.

Pros: Don gives a very good and wide overview of not just the classic Chris Crafts, but also the "everyman boats" like the Century runabouts and even a good nod to Lyman lapstrakes. This is a very welcome development as the "lesser boats" get so little coverage in restoration publications. Don's writing and book layout with clear photos is excellent in all respects and very clear to understand by veteran and novice boat owners alike. Chris Craft, Century, Gar and Lyman owners will all benefit from having this book on their shelf.

Cons: This book is a compilation of two volumes that span a few decades and it really reflects the author as he matures as a boat yard man. The "con" is the first half, written by the young Don, where he frequently proclaims himself a savior of classic wooden boats, names a "system" after himself, and proceeds to remind the reader at least every 14 pages of how many classic wooden boats he has restored against all odds. Fortunately, the author matures in the following part and divests his earlier massive ego from the project and provides a clear and valuable guide to the finer points of what was not covered in volume #1.

Summary: "The Complete Wooden Boat Restoration Guide" is a very valuable addition to the library of anyone taking on the daunting and often mysterious process of bringing back to life a runabout built 50-60 years ago. These boats were, at the time, built to last just 8-10 years and Don lays out a good set of background information and step-by-step guides on how to bring them up to the standard that classic wooden sailboats were built on for the past 100 years. And, now that he is a little older, he is a little more like all of us.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99743d50) out of 5 stars Great Resource 9 Jun. 2009
By Bruce E. Balfe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A comprehensive resource for all aspects of restoring wooden boats. Easy to understand and good additional resource citations.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99873c24) out of 5 stars The essential wood boat restoration guide, some diagrams illegible 1 Jan. 2013
By R. Dosedel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book is my bible for wood boat restoration. It is helping me restore a 1948 Chris Craft that I stumbled upon and I would be completely lost without it. It has very thorough and detailed step-by-step instructions all the way from surveying a boat before purchase to restoring every final touch.

Danenberg does favor specific techniques which some may say are debatable. For instance he all but dismisses most bottom restoration techniques outside of a brand new "5200" bottom. I personally agree with him on this matter but some do not. That said it still an excellent book but just research some restoration forums and talk to many restorers to get a range of opinions.

Danenberg has his own website and he is very active in responding to the message boards and helpful with questions. It is clear he is passionate about his craft and helping others do it right. He points out common mistakes and short-cuts that a restorer may do and the potential disastrous results.

Only minus is the e-book's images are not very high resolution, so some of the labels in the diagrams are not legible. I wish this book was still in print, but the kindle version does just fine if you don't want to pay for the inflated used paperback price (due to no supply). I've checked and the iTunes version is no better (although more spendy)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99743e58) out of 5 stars must have 21 Sept. 2008
By B. Boon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are planning to restore an old wooden boat this book is a must have.
Well written, large font and good content.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98fdb060) out of 5 stars Well written 19 Aug. 2012
By Michael D. Keith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a good book on boat restoration for the Kindle. The biggest drawback is the illustrations do not enlarge well when you scale them up to the point they would be readable the image is pixelated and not useable. As there a lot of illustrations this is a major drawback to the Kindle version. Get the book in dead tree form if you need the pictures and illustrations.
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