The Elements of Boat Strength: For Builders, Designers, and Owners (International Marine-RMP) Hardcover – 16 Oct 1999
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'...a vital book for all concerned
--Ausmarine (October 2009) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Hardcover.
"This work is significant. It is the first to include a method of assessing structural strength in the context of the modern marine environment."--Commander M. C. Cruder, U.S. Coast Guard
Acclaimed author and naval architect Dave Gerr created this unique system of easy-to-use scantling rules and rules-of-thumb for calculating the necessary dimensions, or scantlings, of hulls, decks, and other boat parts, whether built of fiberglass, wood, wood-epoxy composite, steel, or aluminum. In addition to the rules themselves, The Elements of Boat Strength offers their context: an in-depth, plain-English discussion of boatbuilding materials, methods, and practices that will guide you through all aspects of boat construction.
Now you can avoid wading through dense technical engineering manuals or tackling advanced mathematics. The Elements of Boat Strength has all the formulas, tables, illustrations, and charts you need to judge how heavy each piece of your boat should be in order to last and be safe. With this book, an inexpensive scientific calculator, and a pad of paper, you'll be able to design and specify all the components necessary to build a sound, long-lasting, rugged vessel.
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In my opinion, the sections for wood-structured boats are a bit less useful, not because of the content, which is very good, but because today the construction of wooden boats is residual.
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.
My English writing are poor!!!
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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