You probably know this kind of guy (you may even be married to him, or have him for a neighbour): He's had the beginnings of a boat sitting in the garage or garden or backyard for the last six years. Can't quite find the time, money or effort to finally get it on the water...
These are the books he should have read all those years ago! Fortunately, it is still not too late.
"Thoroughly updated with respect to modern tools and materials, this Boatbuilding Manual remains both a professional reference and the first book a building amateur should buy." Agreed!
Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual
"How to Maintain, Repair and Improve Your Boat's Essential Systems" This is arguably one of the most useful books to have on board any boat, big or small, sail or power.
Boats With an Open Mind: 75 Unconventional
Designs and Concepts
Entertaining, useful and thought-provoking book featuring designs such as the ocean-going fully enclosed rowing boat, a and a planning microtrawler. Designs from 6 to 60 feet, some of which can be built directly from the book.
Buheler's Backyard Boatbuilding
"For nearly two decades, Buehler has designed boats that are ruggedly handsome and supremely seaworthy; boats meant to be built at home by anyone with a bit of energy and time."
Building Classic Small Craft: Complete Plans
and Instructions for 47 Boats
Excellent book for those who want to build their own small rowing or sailing boat.
Building New Instant Boats
If you want to have the boat on the water the same year you start building, then this is the book for you!
Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance,
Troubleshooting, and Repair
All you need to know about diesel engines, in theory and practise.
Principles of Yacht Design
The new bible for modern sailboat design. The design and building of a 40-footer is used throughout as an well illustrated example.
The Best of the Best: The Yacht Designs of
Sparkman & Stephens
This book features a 100 of the famous S & S yacht designs. Beautifully illustrated.
Sensible Cruising Designs
From the famous Herreshoff designers, this book features their best designs from 16 to 130 feet. A very enjoyable read - and you will learn a lot about good boat design in the process.
The Laminated Wood Boatbuilder: A Step-By-Step
Guide for the Backyard Builder
Everything you need to know to construct books from laminated wood, including several designs.
Understanding Boat Design
What is the difference of a good and a mediocre design? How do the different elements of design influence performance? This book offers the explanations, in a laymans vocabulary. A very useful read before building or buying a motorboat or sailboat.
Yacht Design Explained: A Sailor's Guide to
the Principles and Practice of Design
This book will help you understand the problems and challenges involved in designing a sailing yacht. Beautifully illustrated, covering a wide range of designs.
Yacht Designing and Planning: For Yachtsmen,
Students, and Amateurs
Great introduction to yacht design.
Yacht Style: Design and Decor Ideas from the
World's Finest Yachts
So you've built (or bought!) your yacht. Now make it look good!
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