Professional BoatBuilder #169 October/November 2017

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Professional BoatBuilder Magazine

October/November 2017

On the cover: This 28' (8.5m) 2012-vintage Cut-water cruiser appears to have a split personality at the halfway point during application of a new Boat Blue high-gloss vinyl wrap finish by Wrap Boats of Vancouver, British Columbia. The original gray gelcoat, badly discolored from exposure to ultraviolet light, could no longer be renewed by polishing. The full hull wrap refinishing took a three-person crew 32 hours, including preparation and cleanup. Story on page 28.Photograph by Tammy Charles.


  • It's Not Paint by Shelley McIvor.  A survey of three refit projects demonstrates the potential of vinyl wrap as an alternative to sprayed or brushed coatings for a range of marine applications.
  • Lazzara & Sons by Dan Spurr.  From early glass to advanced composites, two generations of boatbuilders recount the milestones of 60 years in the business.
  • How Fast Will It Go? by Paul Lazarus.  For estimating the projected speed of a planing powerboat, veteran British naval architect Lorne Campbell favors a formula conceived by George Crouch, designer of Gold Cup racers and dean of the USA's Webb Institute. Here, Campbell shows how he's applied Crouch's Formula-and modified it for enhanced utility.
  • Best Gas by Steve D'Antonio.  A comprehensive guide to onboard installation, safety, and maintenance of liquefied petroleum gas systems.
  • Green Watching by Richard J. Schuhmann Comparative life cycle analysis of boatbuilding projects at The Landing School revealed that local materials can lower costs and reduce a boat's carbon footprint.
  • W17: Can Simple Hull Shapes Be Supported by Science? by Mike Waters.  When creating the hulls of a small trimaran, a naval architect drew on his experience designing large ships and on a desire to combine efficient performance with simplicity of form and construction.
  • Betting on Bay Boats by Marilyn DeMartini.  Launched into the decidedly moderate growth that has defined the boating market since the recession of 2008, Barker Boatworks has deliberately focused on building small production fishing boats to high standards.


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