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12-20-2012, 07:37 PM
Anyone read this? Opinions? http://www.jordanwoodboats.com/wood-boat-plans/product.php?s=boatbuilding-my-way

Bob Cleek
12-21-2012, 02:57 PM
I haven't seen or read the book, but from the reviews and advertising material, it would appear that while it may have some interesting "tricks of the trade" in it, this designer's portfolio doesn't appear to be anything particularly remarkable and the same money would be much better spent on Chapelle's "Boatbuilding," or, if one's interest is limited to small craft similar to what this author offers, John Gardner's "Building Small Craft" and other volumes.

David G
12-21-2012, 03:13 PM
I haven't read the book. Having seen several of his boats built, I'm inclined to buy a copy. He's a low-key fella, not a big self-promoter, who nonetheless has decades of experience. I think my favorite of his designs is Dulcibella - which have NOT seen in the flesh:



A friend owns a Footloose - which is a sweet little boat:



12-21-2012, 05:55 PM
Anyone who can produce such a lovely boat probably has something worthwhile to say.

12-21-2012, 05:59 PM
I like the Dulcibella, too. I may go ahead and get the book to supplement Walt Simmons' ones about lapstrake methods.