- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press (1 Nov. 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071567038
- ISBN-13: 978-0071567039
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1 x 27.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ultralight Boatbuilding (International Marine-RMP) Paperback – 1 Nov 1987
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"A marvelous book which has broken fresh ground on quality, low-cost construction of traditional hull forms. By all means, don't pass up this book." The Ash Breeze "Crammed full of work-saving techniques...The boatbuilding skills presented are all tried and true, but seldom presented this clearly." WoodenBoat
Ultralight canoes and small boats are things of beauty, their apparent delicacy concealing great strength. They are lapstrake-constructed from marine plywood planks, each plank overlapping the one below it in a gracefully curved hull. Epoxy glue along the laps gives the hull structural reinforcement, minimizing the need for framing and permitting an amazingly light structure. Round-bilged and elegant, they are built over jigs, but the method is straightforward and not time consuming. You can build a boat that will give you fun and satisfaction, one you can be proud of, in a winter of leisurely weekends. No fancy tools are needed, and care and patience will make up whatever you lack in woodworking skills.
All the information you need is here. Tom Hill, the chief proponent of ultralight boatbuilding and its leading practitioner, describes the method from start to finish using a skiff and canoe as examples. In the appendix is a gallery of ultralight designs, all but one of which you can build without lofting. If you want more flexibility, however, you can adapt almost any lapstrake small-boat design, traditional or modern, to the ultralight method. With some lofting (directions for which are given) you may then build a wide range of boats whose offsets are available. And you may adjust planking thickness and scantlings to give your boat extremely light weight with normal strength, or moderate weight with great strength.
Particularly if you lack an extensively equipped workshop and professional skills, Ultralight Boatbuilding will unlock exciting possibilities you considered out of reach.See all Product description
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While relatively short at 111 pages (excl. appendices) the book is very much to the point and gives an excellent overview of the whole glued plywood lapstrake boat building process; from equipping your workshop to lofting the lines, building a jig, scarfing plywood and then the various stages of building the boat and planking it. There's even a short chapter on finishing!
All you need to start building your first wooden boat is this book, an empty single-car garage, some basic hand tools, a set of construction plans for your boat and the contact details of a marine plywood supplier!
Having never built a boat before but thinking about it I picked up this book. I was not disappointed. It does not show the patterns required etc. but what it does give are clearly explained methods for build ultralight boat out of plywood and epoxy, which can be transferred to building other small vessels. The text is very clear but some of the photos leave a bit to be desired.
The book walks the reader through the steps needed to build a canoe and a flat-bottomed skiff and therefore covering most of the steps needed for most ultralight boats. This book was very clear, even for someone like me who has minimal woodworking skills (Experience = 6months of playing) but who dreams of building their own boat.
The appendix are also very helpful in pointing out sources of patterns but all address for other materials are in the US. However, products are named throughout the book.
One final point, if you are looking for detail in how to loft a boat then look at Vaitses book on lofting. This book only gives a quick overview on the subject.
Plans for the example boats (or for other designs) can be purchased separately.