Library

A list of interesting and useful books, most can be found on Worldcat, the world's largest online catalog. Do a search for your title then enter your zipcode to check out the "Find a copy in the library" locator. Remember your library can also probably get your book through Inter Library Loan (ILL). Also, most state funded college libraries are open to the public. Worldcat also has a "Buy it" link in case you want to purchase the book.

Here our list with cover page and Table of Contents. Also notes on what we found interesting from each of the books with page numbers.

Burke, John. 1984. Pete Culler's Boats: The Complete Design Catalog Simplicity, economy and ease of use. If you want to learn about those design philosophies then check out this book by John Burke. First published in 1984 it became an instant classic. Appendix A alone is worth the read. From that we have picked up several tips that we are designing into "St. Jacques."

One of Pete Culler's favorite sayings: "Mostly, boatbuilding is simply correcting one mistake after the other, and possibly the first mistake is to begin....but it's so much fun." look at lapstrake methods, from preparation, tools, materials, plans, keel structure, planking, frames, centerboard and decks to finishing off the rig.










Drummond, A. H. 1971. The complete beginner's guide to sailing: Illustr. by John Fleming, forew. by George O'Day. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday.


The Complete Beginner's Guide to Sailing was first published in England and came to American shores in 1971. The book covers the basic information needed to get out on the water and try sailing, which is where learning really starts. The is information on types of boats, nautical terms, gettin underway, weather, safety and sail rigging. There are over 100 diagrams and photographs, put together from a sailor's perspective. What I liked about the book was it's brevity, there is alot of relevant information packed into 200 small format pages with a readable type size. Having sailed for 30 years, there were several excellent review points in the book.

Get it and go try it!










Gardner, John, and Samuel F. Manning. 1978. The dory book.

All you need to know about dories. This book was a great help while we worked on Barbashela.







Leather, John. 1974. Clinker boatbuilding. Camden, ME: International Marine Publishing.




For boats under 20 feet. The author also illustrated the book.
Moisture content under 20 percent for construction, 15 percent or less to glue. Wood preservative from 1 part linseed oil and 2 parts paraffin. (16)
Bronze fasteners below the waterline, BS 1088 plywood. Grease the screw. (18)
Make grommets from caulking cotton, soaked with a little paint, to go under bolt heads and washers. (22)
Clench nail hammer blows sound sharper when nail tightens up. (25)
Think twice, cut once. (67)
Transom joints half lapped ot tongue and groove. (70)
Row locks placed 11-14 inches aft of after end of thwart. (132)
Bilge keels (runners) and whiskers protect high wear areas of strakes and bow. (156)
Discussion on fixed vs lifting rudders. (161)


Lowell, Royal. 1977. Boatbuilding Down East: how lobster boats are built. Camden, ME: International Marine Publishing.

How to build, from a builder. Rare to find someone who built boats, had time to share information and who also provided illustrations and photographs of the process. Mr. Lowell starts us off at the pattern making stage of building and takes us through to the finish. My favorite chapter covered the details of caulking.






Oughtred, Iain. 2004. Clinker plywood boatbuilding manual. London: Adlard Coles Nautical.

Rarely do I buy a book and get through it in two days, but this manual was a real page turner. We just finished building a plywood lapstrake boat and Oughtred's manual would have been an excellent resource. I would definitely recommend it to anyone considering building a clinker (lapstrake) boat. Comprehensive coverage of Design, tools and materials, glues and finishes, construction and rigging.









Ruhlman, Michael. 2014. Wooden boats: in pursuit of the perfect craft at an american boatyard. New York: Penguin Books.

Author Michael Ruhlman spends some time at the boatyard of Gannon and Benjamin, learning about the craft of wooden boatbuilding. He offers up the definition of "boatstruck" in his book Wooden Boats: In Pursuit of the Perfect Craft at an American Boatyard.

"Some people become boat smart; others are simply struck. Something happens to certain men when they see a boat, and they become crazy. A man, or the occasional woman who is boatstruck shows no discernible outward signs of the illness....On the contrary, the boatstruck look more than reasonable. They are successful people. They are smart, cool, self-possessed, and they are pretty good on the water. They brim with a free and adventurous spirit. You tend to like these people - - they can be inexplicably magnetic.
And yet there is something exquisite about the condition of being boatstruck. An ecstasy runs through it, compulsive and contagious. You can see it, sense this delight, even if you happen to be free of this affliction yourself or don't sail or even if you don't particularly care for boats. Sometimes a beautiful boat is simply worthy of devotion, reverence and awe, and no one doubts it. A beautiful boat is as obviously invaluable as a Leonardo sketch or Monet's water lilies. The boat can be a magnificent structure." (p.11)

" Wooden boats have a soul, living drawn from the forest...wooden boats teach us about our purpose on the planet...wisdom, beauty, science...as old as mankind." (p.4)

Along the way there are notes on finishing and preserving planking"
-Paint ok on one surface.
-May take a year or two to seal up and find its "home."
-Saltwater is excellent for pickling.
Woode needs to expand and contract, so look for some bug juice, i.e. modified tung oil/varnish/linseed oil/maybe CETOL.
-If leaks persist, look for checking or cracking, especially around fasteners/screws/rivets.
-Stain not recommended due to oil base fighting preservative finish.




"The greatest fun in boating usually comes from the simplest boats." (p.152)


Simmons, Walter. 1980. Lapstrake Boatbuilding Volume 2. Camden, ME: International Marine Publishing.

Excellent information on lapstrake methods, we used some sprit details on our build of St. Jacques. Simmons covers some common problem solving and shares thoughts on building boats for aspiring professionals.






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