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    Default [Book Recommendations] History of Boatbuilding

    Hey, can anyone recommend good books on the history of wooden boatbuilding, especially those focusing on the early development of wooden boats as they transitioned from craft that hugged the coastline to fully seaworthy vessels? Thanks!

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    Default Re: [Book Recommendations] History of Boatbuilding

    A big and general topic. Scandinavian, Mediterranean. Chinese, Polynesia/Melanesia.
    Basil Greenhill is a reliable historian
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Evolution-W...in%3A400530011
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Howard Chapelle was one person who has chronicled much of the development of American sailing craft. Most all of our watercraft have been an evolvment of commercial and military water watercraft. Mr. Chappelle did an excellent job of chronicling that information. His drawings are some of the best and his comments are very informative. Although L. Francis Herreshoff often criticized him as to his knownledge of yacht development in the United States, he also had great respect for him. Chapell's book on boat building is a must for any collection of books on boat building. At the same time Uffa Foxe's books are are running source of information on design and construction of yachts. And, often referred to as, The Sacred Writings, is L. Francis Herreshoff's The Common Sense of Yacht Design.
    This is a book that not only tells how to build a boat but also tells how and why that information is worth noting.
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    Greenhill is very good. If you want a really thorough exploration of the subject, you might try Conway's History of the Ship, 12 volumes.

    https://www.librarything.com/series/...ry+of+the+Ship

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    Default Re: [Book Recommendations] History of Boatbuilding

    "The Shipwright's Trade" by Sir Westcott Abel has a lot to say on the topic,probably not easy to find though.

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    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Not sure how relevant this is but has some old boats http://www.survivorlibrary.com/libra...906-holmes.pdf
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    I have Boatbuilding and the sacred writings. Both are invaluable to anyone who wants to know about boat building. Larry's and Stewart's books are also excellent how to. Not so much history of though.
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    Default Re: [Book Recommendations] History of Boatbuilding

    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    A big and general topic.
    Yes, the question is very general. Boats have been developed and built for millennia for both coastal and offshore use worldwide. Any book surveying the whole range of them will likely be fairly superficial. Is there a particular region you're interested in?
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