Building Small Boats

7 reviews

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For years Greg taught the fundamentals here at our WoodenBoat School. Greg's talent for relaying this experience into the written word has resulted in a text with a straight-forward friendly approach, including helpful drawings and photographs. The combination will drive-home the lessons.

Building Small Boats is one of our best-selling books as it's the ideal book for the construction of boats under 25 feet in length. It's perfect for folks looking to have some of the mysteries of the building process peeled away, or just boning-up on a good technique or two.

Table of Contents:

  • A Boat and a Shop to Build It In.
  • Tools
  • Homemade Tools
  • Wood for Boatbuilding
  • Fastenings
  • Glues, Paints, and Potions
  • Lofting Demystified
  • The Stem
  • The Keel
  • The Molds and the Transom
  • The Setup
  • The Art of Bending Frames
  • Lining Off the Hull
  • Planking Stock
  • Carvel Planking
  • Lapstrake Planking
  • Centerboard, Centerboard Trunk, and Rudder
  • Stiffening the Hull
  • Interior Work
  • Exterior Work
  • The Deck
  • Solid-Wood Spars
  • What Looks Good
  • The Builder's Half Model

    by Greg Rossel
    278 pp., hardcover
    9 x 11"
    ISBN # 0-937822-50-7

  • If you would like to see Greg in action, take a look at this trailer from MASTERING SKILLS.

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 7 reviews
    Boat - Looking to build my first

    I’ve worked with wood for years. Looking to build something small. This book gives me the ability to ask the right questions about technique and set up

    Carlton Peterson

    I subscribed to the Master-Skills video classes when I heard about Greg's book. I own several book building technique books. This breaks down all the basics and outclasses anything else than I have found. Thank You Greg!

    Richard Peterson
    The best resource I’ve seen

    Greg Rossel’s is the best all-round book on building small boats that I have ever read. It covers all of the pertinent aspects in depth and with obvious authority. Forget the others, if you’re starting out read this one.

    Very informative

    A lot of info on what a shop needs and methods used. Good book for beginners for a reference in your shop.

    Ralph Gamache
    Great book

    Great book. A little more technical that I was looking for but the writing is so clear that I guess I am capable of a little more than I thought.

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