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by Jack London
Building the "Snark" in which London voyaged to the South Seas.
$6.95
How to cast a lead keel and some other small parts.
$8.95
A good primer on how to caulk wooden boats properly.
$9.95
An excellent primer on traditional boat building.
$9.95
A basic text on using fiberglass to build one-off designs.
$9.95
by Independent Nail Co.
The reasons for their superiority, and how to use them in your boat.
$9.95
by William D. Jackson
A simple explanation of lofting--which really isn't difficult!
$7.95
by Sam Rabl
How to better understand designers drawings prior to building.
$7.95
A brief course on carvel planking.
$7.95
by J.A. Emmett
Functions of the many fastenings in a boat and how to choose them.
$7.95
by Herbert J. Ashcroft
A guide to the Ashcroft method of building, rowing, sailing and motor boats
$9.95
Basic rules for the building of a successful plywood boat.
$9.95
by Weston Farmer
Anything that you understand thoroughly is always fairly simple. This is true of boatbuilding.
$7.95
by Weston Farmer
A man builds his own boat for two reasons; to save money and have fun dong it. Here's some help!
$7.95
by Edson I. Schock
Durability, seaworthiness, and appearance depend more than you may realize on this vital step in boatbuilding.
$8.95
Building of the Boat-The Snark, The (Pub. No. 5510)
Jack London/Building the "Snark" in which London voyaged to the South Seas.

by Jack London

reprinted from Harper's Weekly (ca. 1920)

"Spare no money," I said to Roscoe "Let everything on the "Snark" be of the best. And never mind decoration. Plain pine boards are good enough finishing for me. But put the money into the construciton. Let the "Snark" be as stanch and strong as any boat afloat. Never mind what it costs to make her stanch and strong: you see that she is made stanch and strong, and I'll gonon writing and earning the money to pay for it." And I did . . . as well as I could: for the "Snark" ate up money faster than I could earn it. In fact, every little while I had to borrow some money with which to supplement my earnings. Now I borrowed on thousand dollars, now I borrowed two thousand dollars, and now I borrowed five thousand dollars. And all the time I went on working every day, and sinking the earnings in the venture. I worked Sundays as well, and I took no holidays. But it was worth it. Every time I thought of the "Snark" I knew she was worth it.

8 pages

$6.95
Casting a Lead Keel and Other Castings (Pub. No. 5641)
/ How to cast a lead keel and some other small parts.

(Includes plans for casting other smaller parts)

Lead has the advantage over other metals insofar as its use for keels is concerned in that it has greater weight for equivalent volume. Iron can be substituted for lead; the cost will be approximately the same, but the weight will be less. Iron weighs only 65 per cent as much as lead. Where the iron substitution is made it will be necessary to place the difference in weight as ballast inside. It has been generally conceded that the placing of ballast inside contributes greatly to the ease of the hull afloat; this would be especially the case in very rough water. If the design specifies the use of a lead keel, it had better be a lead keel and not iron or other ballast, as the weight has been figured and iron is too light. The lead must be cast and the builder or moulder should be warned at this time that it is a task of considerable magnitude.

20 pages

$8.95
Caulking (Pub. No. 5642)
/ A good primer on how to caulk wooden boats properly.

When miniature waterfalls begin to find their way into a boat through opened seams it is high time to think about recaulking. It is best to do this job during the winter lay-up, and a good job will eliminate much embarrassment and profanity during the active season. With a little care and knowledge a boat owner can do a creditable job of recaulking, as it is not extremely difficu1t to learn.

36 pages

$9.95
Build Your Boat Right (Pub. No. 5660)
/ An excellent primer on traditional boat building.

(Another good basic primer on traditional boat building)

A complete text; from lofting and laying out to framing to planking right through decking and rigging

40 pages, 1 plate(s)

$9.95
Building Boats with Fiberglass (Pub. No. 5055)
/ A basic text on using fiberglass to build one-off designs.

You can work with fiberglass either from sheets prepared in the factory, or you can work directly from the component materials, molding the fiberglass mat or fabric with polyester resins in one or more laminations. Either method presents the amateur boat builder with that timehonored word--challenge. Many optimistic boat builders, unfortunately, miss the challenge and quit halfway through the job--for working with fiberglass is not simple--but those who stay with it get that peculiar satisfaction known to the man who builds his boat himself, plus a bonus: the sense of accomplishment. There are, however, certain aspects of building a boat from fiberglass which remain the same as those involved in building from wood or plywood. For one thing, the designs are identical in concept. It is the translation of them that differs. The interior for the most part remains the same, except that flotation material must be l~luded because of the non-porosity of the fiberglass hull, which is thus unable to float on its own.

32 pages

$9.95
Building With Annular Ring Nails (Pub. No. 5261)
Independent Nail Co./ The reasons for their superiority, and how to use them in your boat.

by Independent Nail & Packing Company

The strength and permanence of fastening which can be achieved with annular thread nails and the substantial savings in time, labor and cost which result from their use, make them ideal for boat building. This booklet explains the reasons for their superiority to other methods of fastening, and will show you how to use them in your boat.

33 pages

$9.95
Lofting--Making Full-Size Boat Plans (Pub. No. 5276)
William D. Jackson/ A simple explanation of lofting--which really isn't difficult!

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

You can build better boats by learnng the loftsman’s trade.

If you can do a good job of~Iaying down boat-design lines full size, you can qualify as a mold loftsman which incidentally, is a well paid profession. The job of the mold loftsman is to enlarge to full size and fair certain portions of the naval architect’s drawings (basic designs shown as the lines), so that templates and patterns can be made and the actual form, of the boat obtained with true fair lines. (A line is fair when,it makes a smooth curve with no abrupt change in shape, and is pleasing to the eye.) Making full-size layouts also serves to avoid the errors that occur when dimensions taken are scaled directly from the architect’s small scale blue-prints and applied to the actual construction.

10 pages, 2 plate(s)

$7.95
Simplifying Boat Plans for Amateur Builders (Pub. No. 5657)
Sam Rabl / How to better understand designers drawings prior to building.

by Sam Rabl

To the seasoned boatbuilder the terms used by a naval architect in describing the design and building of a new boat have a world of meaning; to the beginner they can be as puzzling and incoherent as a foreign language. Laying down is the term applied to the process of enlarging the small scale drawings of the architect to full size; this must be done before a single timber can be cut for the boat. Taking off is the term applied to the transferring of curves and dimensions on this full size plan to the frame timbers of the boat. Before we go into the mechnisms of the actual laying down, an explanation of the terms used in this process will be a great help. The complete set of curves that depict a boat shape is called the "lines". The lines plan is usually divided into three views. The profile depicts the shape of the boat as we see her from the side in normal position. The plan is really a "fish-eye view," showing how the boat appears when looking at her from a point directly beneath her keel.

10 pages, 3 plate(s)

$7.95
How to Plank Small Craft (Pub. No. 5658)
/A brief course on carvel planking.

Years back a boats keel was considered the most important part of its construction, but today's application of engineering to boat design arranges the planking to form a sort of fore and aft girder, using it not only to keep water out but also as the most important strength member. This makes it necessary to use the type of planking specified in the plans of any boat you may be contemplating building. For instance, if the designer specified batten seam construction, indicating thin strips to be let in frames behind the seams, he figured the additional strength and help from the battens to keep the seams tight would permit frames being kept twice as far apart as if ordinary planking were used. If you leave out the battens and plank the usual way the absence of enough backing frames will result in a leaky boat. Much of the popularity of the common flat-bottomed skiff results from the ease with which it can be planked, particularly on the bottom. Here planks are run athwartship, or across, and being on the heavy side, and usually in short lengths, necessitate only one keelson, or fore and aft inner strip, to keep them from working. Still, satisfactorily planking such a boat is not as simple as it sounds.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

$7.95
Fastenings Make the Boat (Pub. No. 5659)
J.A. Emmett/Functions of the many fastenings in a boat and how to choose them.

by J. Emmett

No boat is any better than the little pieces of metal that hold it together, and every prospective or actual boat owner should know all about them. Before you start any building, buying or repairing, read this article.

Watch an expert examine a used boat and youll notice him checking its fastenings carefully, not only their type and condition but to see how they are spaced and driven, for he knows such points determine to a great extent whether the boat is a good buy or not. Even in cases where the boat is comparatively new with its wood in good condition, he may advise some refastening because he has found evidence of members pulling apart or working one on the other, or of metal of the fastenings having failed through fatigue or corrosion. All this can be guarded against at the time of building by using good fastenings and by seeing they are spaced as planned, bored for and driven correctly.

12 pages, 1 plate(s)

$7.95
Boat Building Simplified (Pub. No. 5702)
Herbert J. Ashcroft/A guide to the Ashcroft method of building, rowing, sailing and motor boats

by Herbert J. Ashcroft

The Ashcroft Method of Cold-Moulding

Being a Practical Guide to the "Ashcroft" Method of Building, Rowing, Sailing and Motor Boats

This was one of the very first attempts at "cold moulding" boat hulls using thin layers of plywood or veneer. Ashcroft's method differed from later methods in that all of the veneers or plys ran in the same direction, rather than in "double-diagonal" fashion. One advantage of this method is that the hull (with two layers of veneer) can be planked in one direction at the same time, rather than having to plank up the entire hull in one direction then turn around and replank in the other.

76 pages

$9.95
Introduction to Plywood Boatbuilding (Pub. No. 5786)
/ Basic rules for the building of a successful plywood boat.

Basic rules for the building of a successful plywood boat—kinds of plywood, sizes, thicknesses, strength, cost, bending; forms of hull; and developable surfaces.

So you are going to build yourself a boat! For months you’ve longed to get away from it all for a day, a week, or longer—get away from the noise and traffic of the city or the dullness of the little commuting town, get out on the blue water and enjoy the flying spray as you speed to the inviting cove with the family for a picnic, a swim or fishing, renewing mind and body amid the beauties of nature. But, like thousandc of others, you’re not a millionaire. However, you need not be rich to enjoy boating. After considering all other means of obtaining your boat you have settled on a Build~it-Yourself model. It seems to be the least expensive. But it is not the easiest thing in the world and will take up your week ends, evenings, spare time, etc., for many weeks ahead. But it offers a lot of satisfaction when you proudly take the wheel and send her dashing over the water. However, your wife and older members of the family may also have a feeling of pride that their work and help made the boat possible. And little Johnny may be pardoned his gloating expression when he remarks “Dad, you don’t need to worry about that coming loose ‘cause I made the nut so tight.” Anyone who has built his own boat will tell you that it wasn’t entirely a cinch. That is, if he regards the truth. There were probably moments when he felt like touching a lighted match to the whole thing, after locking the designer in the cabin. There are always a few tough spots and problems—-enough to make it interesting. When you’re about ready to tear out your hair trying to make a part fit in place you throw down your hammer in disgust and lo! she springs into place. So to make it easier for you we are going to try to point out a few things which should not be neglected or disregarded in building your boat.

41 pages, 1 plate(s)

$9.95
Boatbuilding Principles (Pub. No. 5834)
Weston Farmer/ Anything that you understand thoroughly is always fairly simple. This is true of boatbuilding.

by Weston Farmer

Anything that you understand thoroughly is always fairly simple. This is true of boatbuilding.

Understand the basic principles of getting out a hull, and you’ll be pretty sure of coming up with reasonably good methods of getting the job done. And once you’ve built one boat, the principles will dawn on you. Then you can tackle almost any boat. But it does take work, and it does take mechanical horse sense. Mechanical horse sense is something no written word can supply. You’re either born a mechanic or you’re not. If you are mechanically gifted, you can do well building a boat. But if you have no gift for working with your hands, you shouldn’t try boatbuilding. If you can get good cuts with plane, saw, and chisel, you can attempt to make a boat with reasonable assurance of success. Thousands do it every year. Once your first boat is built, you’ll have the principles of boatbuilding. And after the first one, nothing seems to be too big or too tough for the skilled amateur to tackle. The fun of building a boat satisfies something primitive in man. And after launching his first boat, the backyard boatbuilder can go about dreaming up the next one, for he will have assimilated boatbuilding principles. These principles are few in number and can be easily illustrated and made clear. That is the purpose of this article.

13 pages, 2 plate(s)

$7.95
How to Understand a Boat Plan (Pub. No. 5842)
Weston Farmer/A man builds his own boat for two reasons; to save money and have fun dong it. Here's some help!

by Weston Farmer

A man builds his own boat for two reasons: to save money and to bave fun doing it.

With such inducements, it is little wonder that boating each season sees new recruits. These newcomers to the sport usually smoke along under a full head of steam until they actually decide to build. Then they need a few words of advice on where to start. When you show them the rudiinents on how to interpret a boat plan, a great light seems to dawn, and they make out very well. The first question they usually ask is, “How do you read boat plans?” The next question is, “Why are they drawn that way?” Here are the highlights: A boat obviously is a three-dimensional structure. But the paper on which it is drawn is two-dimensional. The boat has form—length, breadth, depth. Paper is flat. It is the naval architect’s job to depict on two-dimensional paper the shape which his boat must have to become, at the hands of the builder, the formed thing the architect designs.

9 pages, 5 plate(s)

$7.95
Small Boat Planking (Pub. No. 5873)
Edson I. Schock/Durability, seaworthiness, and appearance depend more than you may realize on this vital step in boatbuilding.

by Edson I. Schock

Durability, seaworthiness, and appearance depend more than you may realize on this vital step in boatbuilding.

15 pages, 5 plate(s)

$8.95
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