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Old 07-11-2008, 04:36   #1
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Sailboat Building Books

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good book about building sailboats? Our woods come alive on Nov. 15th, and like many other Michigan residents, I plan on sitting in them trying to shoot the 30 point buck. In all reality, I just enjoy the solitude, and would like a to read a good book while I pass the time.

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From A Bare Hull: How To Build A Sailboat ~ by Ferenc Mate
Not a “built from scratch” book, but this is the book to read if you are planning to buy a hull and finish it.
There’s a revised edition (2000 ?), with new photos, illustrations, and much new text.
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Thanks again for all the input. So the above book takes care of the finish aspects if one were to buy a bare hull. I guess my next question is, where does one look for a bare hull (mono or multi) that needs finishing? Are there any books out there that give you the info needed for the framing aspect?
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... I guess my next question is, where does one look for a bare hull (mono or multi) that needs finishing? Are there any books out there that give you the info needed for the framing aspect?
Wood, Fibreglass, Steel, Alloy ... ?
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The Elements of Boat Strength: For Builders, Designers, and Owners ~ by Dave Gerr

Lofting ~ by Allan H. Vaitses

Details of Classic Boat Construction: The Hull ~ by Larry Pardey

Boatbuilding : A Complete Handbook of Wooden Boat Construction ~ by Howard L. Chapelle

Boatbuilding Manual ~ by Robert M. Steward.

Buehler's Backyard Boatbuilding ~ by George Buehler

Boatbuilding for Beginners (and Beyond) ~ by Jim Michalak
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The Elements of Boat Strength: For Builders, Designers, and Owners ~ by Dave Gerr

Buehler's Backyard Boatbuilding ~ by George Buehler

I just ordered both of these off Amazon. Gerr's book looks to provide a lot of the load calculations, etc. Buehler just sounds like my kinda person. Liked the way the reviews described him.
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My good friend built Buehler's "Juno" in his woodsy lot here in Hawaii. He didn't have electric power to his place so many of his boat pieces were chainsawed from local trees.
I enjoyed reading that book. He really is a down to earth designer and builder who wants you to get out on the water with little expense.
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Books showed up today. I'm tickled pink, as they both look like they are going to be great reads. Thanks for the recs gang.
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