View Full Version : I need another boatbuilding book
08-06-2007, 11:00 PM
Someday I'd like to build a small pocket cruiser, about 20 feet. I feel pretty comfortable with the hull construction, I've got Greg Rossel's Building Small Boats and Iain Oughtred's Clinker Plywood Boatbuilding Manual. But I need some reading material on the remainder of the boat, such as decks, cabin, companionway hatch, etc. Any recommendations? I'm considering one of these:
How to Build a Wooden Boat - Bud McIntosh
Boatbuilding - Howard Chapelle
Boatbuilding Manual - Robert Steward
Buehler's Backyard Boatbuildng - George Buehler
08-06-2007, 11:15 PM
I have the last three on your list, and I'd probably keep Steward if forced to dispose of two.
08-06-2007, 11:16 PM
How to Build a Wooden Boat - Bud McIntosh
I wouldn't both too much with Chappelle ,he knows his stuff but the writing style is not good ,very difficult to interprete sometimes .Buehler's style is similar to his boats , a bit rough and simple ....if you like his boats you will like his book.
Bud McIntosh is the best by far ,an excellent tradesman who can write and write well !
08-07-2007, 12:35 AM
I have to put a vote in for Bud's book as well. It's a question of readability and facility of communication. IOW, I get the way he writes. Covers most all of what you're looking for, too.
08-07-2007, 07:41 AM
McIntosh and Steward for traditional, yacht quality ways to do things. Buehler for lower cost, easier to build workboat style alternatives.
Bud's book is written in an entertaining and salty style but what I like about it most is the illustrations. Very well drawn and easy to follow. The pages devoted to how to build a sliding hatch was worth the price of admission alone.
08-07-2007, 10:22 AM
I'd vote for digging a bit deeper and getting them all from Abebooks: Macintosh ($18-30) and Steward ($4-20) and Chapelle ($10). They each have their own distinct style and Macintosh is the best read IMO, but I've learned a lot from each. You won't regret buying them all - but it is your money, after all ;).
08-07-2007, 11:33 AM
Steward's book is in the Austin Public Library. You might try looking at your local library to see if any of them are there to get an idea of what they contain before you buy any.
08-07-2007, 12:02 PM
I've got all except Steward's book. McCintosh's book is the best of the lot, but when you are looking at the time and expense of building a 20 footer, the extra cost of an extra book or two, (especially when you can find them used) is a small investment. You can rarely have too much information that has generally well stood the test of time. Comparing several authors on a specific issue will usually lead you to a good sensible solution for whatever problems you encounter.
08-07-2007, 02:56 PM
Take a side trip up to Beaumont and check out Dr John Vardiman's classic boat shop. He has every tool, book, and desire to talk boats. He'll get you fired up to build a classic. Your previous post's show'http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid218/p7a0bc4765be4e05e77252c9363b6aab6/ec1c4c38.jpgs your artistic advanced skills, I'm justa wanna be wood butcher with desire.
08-08-2007, 09:33 AM
From all the responses, I'm going to order Bud's book. Steve has a good idea too, our local library is a little sparse, but inter-library loan works if you have a little patience. I'll get the rest of the books through the library and maybe order some others too. Can't have too many books, especially if they're good ones. I've (unfortunately) got plenty of time before I start building anyway.
Chuck, I'm not too sure about "artistic advanced skills." My boat turned out as well as it did due mostly to the designer's skill in designing such a pretty boat and putting together a good set of plans and instructions. I just cut out the pieces and glued them together. :)
08-16-2007, 08:31 AM
Bud's book arrived yesterday in the mail. Spent last night going thru it, not really reading in detail, just wanting to get an idea of what's there. Good material, and as I suspected, Sam Manning's illustrations are top notch (I've got his sailboat poster). I'll be spending a lot of time with this book, it will be a useful reference.
08-16-2007, 02:35 PM
I would add Ruell Parker's "The New Cold Molding" to the list.
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