Based on the Alton Wallace 18' round-bilged outboard skiff known as the West Pointer, the Ocean Pointer is a bit larger, and a significantly drier boat with a sweeping sheer, able to accommodate a 25-75 hp outboard.
Designer/builder David Stimson created this boat to be strip-built (narrow pieces of wood), which is an especially forgiving building method for the less experienced builder.
This new book provides step-by-step instructions on the building process so the reader will easily be able to determine if this is their ideal craft, and if so inclined, have at it. She'll move nicely through the water, and between that sheer and the aft tumblehome, she has a shape you'll never tire of.
ContentsIntroduction:From West Pointer to Ocean PointerOcean Pointer's design and construction
Chapter I Design and PerformanceTo vee or not to vee: A question of flat bottom vs. deadriseOcean Pointer's hull lines, and how they affect performance
Chapter II Getting StartedSetting up your shopSafe use of power toolsSafe handling of epoxyTips for successful gluingConstruction overviewMaterials and supplies
Chapter III Making Molds and PatternsMaterialsMaking the cockpit moldsPatternmaking
Chapter IV The Backbone: Keel, Stem, and TransomMaterialsInner and outer keelThe inner stemThe outer stemThe forefootThe transom
Chapter V Making the Bulkhead Frames and Setting UpMaterialsBulkhead frames and motorwell sidesThe cockpit soleThe ceilingSetting up the moldsMarking the stations and setting up the cockpit moldsInstalling the motorwell sides and bracing the moldsInstalling the cockpit sole and transomInstalling the ceilingInstalling the bulkhead framesInstalling the inner keelInstalling the stemApplying epoxy filletsInstalling the outer keelBeveling the bulkhead framesBeveling the forward end of the inner keelBeveling the transomSealing the plywoodInstalling the control cable and wiring conduitsInstalling the Styrofoam flotation
Chapter VI PlankingMaterialsRemoving the temporary fasteningsPreparing the plank stripsPlanking the hullApplying the filletsCutting off the planking parallel to the sheer
Chapter VII Completing the ExteriorMaterialsFairing the hullInstalling the outer stem and forefootFlipping the boat
Chapter VIII Preparing for DeckingMaterialsPlaning the sheerFitting and fastening the inner rubrailsDynel cockpit sheathingThe deck framing
Chapter IX Laying the DeckMaterialsMarking and cutting out the deck panelsInstalling the deck panelsSheathing the deck with Dynel
Chapter X Completing the WoodworkMaterialsBuilding the center console and seat boxBuilding the forward seatMaking the coamingsThe outer rubrailsStriking the waterline
Chapter XI Controls, Deck Hardware, and FinishingMaterialsMounting the hardwareThe helmThe control leverThe control cablesThe splashwell mounting kitScupper drainsRunning lightsVentilatorsBow chocksPanel and battery switchIgnition switchMooring and stern cleatsFire extinguisherInstalling the consoleInstalling the seat boxThe battery boxThe fuel tanksChoosing a motorPainting and varnishingFinishing touches
Appendix I Sources for Materials
Appendix II Repairs and Maintenance
(Full-sized patterns/offsets not included with the book)
by David Stimson
57 pp., softcover
9 x 11"