Big Book of Wooden Boat Restoration

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Subtitled: Basic Techniques, Maintenance, and Repair

This is both an introduction and a reference guide for wooden boat fans... new and semi-pro. Originally published in Sweden, author Thomas Larsson, has years of experience and shares his knowledge of the subject with you. The book focuses on techniques, maintenance, and repair, as well as having a section on purchasing a wooden boat. Includes and extensive glossary. Most of the sources are from Sweden, but everything else is quite helpful. Granted, on our site we do have a RESOURCES page with wood, designs, hardware, and many other things. 

Table of Contents:

  • Intro
  • Maintenance in the water
  • Winter Maintenance
  • Scraping down to bare wood
  • Surface treatment
  • To glue or not to glue
  • Wood for Boatbuilding
  • Screws and nails
  • Corrosion and nail sickness
  • Tools
  • Plugging and filling in smaller damages
  • Joints
  • Splining
  • Wood Frames
  • Steel frames
  • Floors
  • Planking
  • The backbone
  • Deck
  • Superstructure
  • Interior design
  • Mounting hardware
  • Masts
  • Engine installation
  • Purchasing a wooden boat
  • Drawings and specifications


    by Thomas Larsson
    240 pp., softcover



    From Sweden comes Thomas Larsson's The Big Book of Wooden Boat Restoration: Basic Techniques, Maintenance, and Repair. Larsson trained as a construction engineer but since 1974 has been renovating wooden boats full time. He begins his book at a logical place: proper maintenance of the vessel, both in the water and in winter storage on land, that can help avoid many problems before they ever get started. Coming from Sweden, which has weather conditions not unlike what mightbe found in the northern United States and Canada, his advice resonates.
    --Greg Rossel, reviewed in WoodenBoat #233

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