In Pursuit of the Perfect Craft at an American Boatyard
Author: Michael Ruhlman
Category: Technology & Engineering
There are fewer than 10,000 wooden boats in America, but the circulation of WoodenBoat magazine exceeds 180,000. What is it about these boats that has captured the popular imagination? With his "lively blend of reportage [and] reflection" (Los Angeles Times), Michael Ruhlman sets off for a renowned boatyard in Martha's Vineyard to follow the construction of two boats-Rebecca, a 60-foot modern pleasure schooner, and Elisa Lee, a 32-foot powerboat. Filled with exquisite details and stories of the sea, this exciting exploration of a nearly forgotten craft and the colorful personalities involved will enthrall wooden boat owners as well as craftspeople of every stripe, nature enthusiasts, and fans of compelling nonfiction.
Allen (Capt. Al) Cody Taube is a NAMS Global Marine Surveyor and a wooden boat specialist. He is a graduate architect from the Rhode Island School of Design, a licensed 100-Ton Captain, and an independent shipwright. He has owned, restored, sailed and cruised his own wooden schooners and others for 40 years. His wide-ranging experience includes building small traditional sailboats and rebuilding large sailing craft, mostly schooners. He is also an award-winning screenwriter, artist and lives and sails his 65' wooden schooner REEF CHIEF between Key West and the Bahamas.This book presents the experience and insights gained by Allen Taube through 40 years of boat building, owning and sailing wooden schooners, marine surveying and wooden boat repair. His original book, "The Boatwright's Companion," published in 1986, became the wooden boat owners' bible. This third edition is updated, enlarged and destined to continue to be a wooden boat owner's and wooden boat lover's favorite classic book.Taube outlines and details wooden boat repairs in a clear and informal style, taking time and care to answer the many legitimate questions a boat carpenter or boat owner might ask. More than 100 illustrations supplement the text.This clearly written book takes the mystery out of wooden boat repair. You'll feel confident and have the information you need to work, repair and maintain your own wooden boat.
Wooden Boat Building recounts the joy of acquiring new skills, such as, working with brass flat bar and stainless steel; how to melt 2,400 pounds of lead wheel-weights to pour the keel; how to roll a hull effortlessly and craft beautiful blocks, almost entirely out of wood, yet strong enough to take an enormous load. The author's lessons learned have application for all back-yard wooden boat builders. Practical advice and helpful hints gathered over a life time of wood working and illustrated here with professionally drawn sketches and pictures are useful to all who love to work with wood, whatever the project....
This is an indispensable resource for anyone considering the purchase of a new boat, or the maintenance and repair of an old one. It lists over 500 builders, by state and province, and alphabetically lists 200 designers. Covers the US and Canada, published in 1994.
The Master Craftsman's Collected Teachings on Boat Design, Building, Repair, and Use
Author: John G. Burke
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
Category: Sports & Recreation
The insights and wisdom of the late, great boat designer and builder Renowned as one of the last and best of the old-time boatbuilders, Captain R. D.“Pete” Culler provided a guiding light for the wooden boat revival in the 1970s. His designs are classic melds of elegance and utility; his workmanship was akin to artistry; and his teaching and writing a blend of clarity, good sense, insight, and humor. This book brings together the complete texts of Culler’s classic works Boats, Oars, and Rowing and Skiffs & Schooners, along with articles from The Mariner’s Catalogs and a selection of his timeless boat designs.
The Thousand Islands' very name conjures up images of great natural beauty and nautical wonders. They are forested islands replete with storybook stone castles. Exquisite mahogany runabouts can be seen speeding across the placid surface of the mighty St. Lawrence. Names like Boldt, Bourne, Emery, Lyon, and Pullman are embedded in the Golden Age of the area, and it all comes to life in this pictorial history of the river. Images of America: Wooden Boats of the St. Lawrence River tells the story of the rich and powerful men who constructed castles and built classic wooden boats in the Thousand Islands. At the center of the story loom David and Charlie Lyon.
My fascination with floating in a boat, and working with wind and water to travel the watery world, led me to building boats. This interest stirs in people around the world. For thousands of years wooden boats have been successfully built and operated on the waters that surround us. Often the builders of these boats worked to preserve jealously guarded crafts. Today, marketing has left these crafts free to all who would apply their hands to tools and create vessels of their own. In this book, I present the processes followed to build a Norwegian Pram and an Arthur Spurling rowboat, along with discussion and anecdote on the impetus and skills that make building these and other boats possible. The pram, a lapstrake boat with transoms at both ends, built without plans, is the simplest of vessels built with techniques perfected by Vikings 1000 years ago. The lapped method of plank fashioning and fastening described can be used for a wide range of other designs. Arthur Spurling built hundreds of rowboats that were treasured by their users on the coast of his native Maine. The building process described will produce a fine rowing boat but can also be used in the construction of any other boat built to plans. Everyone comes to projects like these from their own perspective, with their own experience and resources. Even the simplest boat is a complex construction of varied parts. Square rarely occurs in boats, fair and fit rule. "Fair" means smooth in line and surface, without sharp bends. Sound wood bends in fair curves, making the creation of beautiful wooden boats seem natural. "Fit" means the parts come together tight and evenly. Shapes needed to join with another are patterned for through one or another method of spiling, establishing the shape of a curve. Cutting and finishing wood to match the shape needed for fit calls sharp knives in the form of saws, planes and chisels. Boat building woods are not the easiest to find these days, but wherever trees grow there are still people cutting them and turning logs into lumber. Finding these sources and using available wood to build your boat presents challenges, but pleasurable and interesting challenges. Besides the building processes, I tell something of the experience I have had leading me and guiding me through the building of boats. This book will be a guide to you, but you will find other guides for yourself, not least by thinking your own way through the process of building your boat. Have fun.
There is something beautiful and nostalgic about wooden boats. These exquisite, polished works of art give us a glimpse into the past, a time when technology wasn’t so advanced, a time when everything was crafted by hand. These magnificent vessels deserve our attention and our utmost respect. As beautiful as these boats may be, they do require a great deal of maintenance and care. This book has all the answers. Readers will follow the author on his adventures, sail along as he sails along calm waters in the summer, and watch as he restores each boat with the utmost patience. Boat owners will learn various creative and crafty preservation and boat care tips and tricks and are sure to walk away with plenty of new- found knowledge. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, is proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports—books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team. In addition to books on popular team sports, we also publish books for a wide variety of athletes and sports enthusiasts, including books on running, cycling, horseback riding, swimming, tennis, martial arts, golf, camping, hiking, aviation, boating, and so much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
As a child, John Brooks loved to build models and sail with his grandfather. When most teenagers were at the prom, John was changing jibs in the Indian Ocean, halfway through a 35,000-mile, two-year cruise. He began building boats in commercial yards at 19, while studying boat design and building his own boats. John worked for many years honing his craftsmanship on fine yachts, small boats, custom furniture, and a harpsichord. He has been a instructor at the WoodenBoat School in Maine since the mid-1990s, teaching glued-lapstrake boatbuilding, fine interior joinery, and carving. Ruth Ann Hill grew up on the coast of Maine. A writer, boatbuilding assistant, naturalist, and graphic artist, Ruth is the author of Discovering Old Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park: An Unconventional Guide and a contributing editor for Maine Boats & Harbors magazine. John and Ruth started their business, Brooks Boats, in 1991. They design and build glued-lapstrake boats in West Brooklin, Maine-and get out to enjoy their handiwork in its proper element whenever they can.
For wooden boat lovers, the name is synonymous with boats designed with an unerring eye for beautiful and balanced lines, and performance to match. It brings back memories of idyllic holidays afloat in rented motor cruisers; the race-winning Halvorsen brothers, their superb racing yachts, Peer Gynt, Anitra V and Freya; and the Halvorsen-built Gretel; and the boats of World War II - fast 38s, 62s and Fairmiles, and the motor cruiser that sank the Japanese mini submarine in Sydney Harbour.