This book begins, as it should, by placing these superb sea boats in their historical and geographical perspective, before delving into the actual process involved in building your own boat. And as you can see from the table of contents below, coverage is comprehensive.
Chapter 1 Background
Chapter 2 Tools
Chapter 3 Lofting Pointers
Chapter 4 Moulds
Chapter 5 Backbone
Chapter 6 Setup
Chapter 7 Planking Material
Chapter 8 The Garboard
Chapter 9 Planks 2-7
Chapter 10 Timbering Out
Chapter 11 Joinerwork
Chapter 12 Finishing Up
Notice how much is devoted specifically to planking? That's not because she's unduly difficult to plank, but because planking is the very heart of the boatbuilding process, and Walt knows that its mere prospect strikes first timers with fear and trepidation. Three chapters take you from material selection all the way through hanging the sheer strakes with particular attention paid to the garboard planks.
Reading about it is one thing, seeing it is another, and this book is as close as you are going to come to seeing the actual planking job by means of a myriad of shop photos. Here's a look at page 120...
And remember, these pages are 8.5" x 11" so you'll get a really good look at what's going on. The book uses two boats for illustration purposes. This particular one is glued lap; the other is cedar planked and riveted.
Experience the entire process through 299 pages and 404 photos.
The Matinicus Double Ender
Full color book...................................85
Black & White book...........................55
"If I had to pick one boat to use in all conditions, it would have to be the Matinicus Double Ender"
The plans, and even the lofting for those interested, are available from Duck Trap Woodworking.
Here's the link to save you a lot of clicking.
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