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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book with a lot of information
Great book for naval architecture students and those interested or working within the field of boat building and boat surveys.
Published 13 months ago by Reuben Lanfranco

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3.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately does not apply on small boats!!
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My English writing are poor!!!
Any way...
Im building a 4,20 (15feet)International class sailboat using epoxies and 4mm plywood using Van de stadt plans. And because I wanted to check it I order this book.
Im very disappointed !!! The calculations does not work in small boats Are Completely Wrong!
Published on 21 April 2003 by captainlarry


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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book with a lot of information, 18 Aug 2013
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This review is from: The Elements of Boat Strength: For Builders, Designers, and Owners (Hardcover)
Great book for naval architecture students and those interested or working within the field of boat building and boat surveys.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately does not apply on small boats!!, 21 April 2003
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"captainlarry" (Athens, Attika Greece) - See all my reviews
Warning
My English writing are poor!!!
Any way...
Im building a 4,20 (15feet)International class sailboat using epoxies and 4mm plywood using Van de stadt plans. And because I wanted to check it I order this book.
Im very disappointed !!! The calculations does not work in small boats Are Completely Wrong!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" when designing, repairing, or assessing a boat, 12 Dec 2009
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D. Laver "David Laver" (London, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Elements of Boat Strength: For Builders, Designers, and Owners (Hardcover)
First off go and read the reviews on the US Amazon website. There's a lot of them and you'll get a really good idea of what the book is about.

In brief you derive a "scantling number" from the size and purpose of the boat. For example a big ocean going trawler needs to be built stronger than a small river boat. Using this number you can see how many and how strong the structural members, fastenings, and fittings need to be. I'm a graduate engineer as are many of the US reviewers and trust and prefer the "rule of thumb" tables in this book to working it all out from first principles. The book encapsulates generations of hard won knowledge as to what works, what doesn't work, what's necessary, what's overkill.

My own experiance using this book was to rebuild a GRP cruiser. It had been owned by a friend some years ago so a gang of us chipped in to save it. The book explained why it had failed as it had. Following the rules in the book we rebuilt everything inside the GRP shell bonding in ply bulkeads and bolting on a ply deck and cabin. Alas she sprung a leak (nothing to do with the book!) sank and was crushed by the pontoon. All the failures from that crushing were materials not the joints and the boat has been (relatively) easy to repair. It certainly gives confidence that a large wave (or whale!!) crashing on the boat isn't going to rip it apart.

If I saw a young man sitting at a computer designing me a boat - I'd want to sit next to him with this book and the back of an envelope to be sure he hadn't a "garbage in, garbage out" problem or was cutting it too fine on something saftey critical.

Highly recommended to anyone "hands on" with their boat - and as a "reality check" for anyone designing boats from first principles.
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