Divided into three parts: Building to your own design; The pleasures and perils of plywood; A miscellany of simple solutions.
This book is packed with how-to and know-how, as well as photos and drawings. Originally published in 1987, the book still has a place near and dear to many followers of the late Dynamite Payson, who still inspires folks to just get to the process of building a boat they can actually use.
Part One: Building to Your Own Design
Part Two: Pleasures and Perils of Plywood
Part Three: The miscellany of simple solutions
Glossary of Terms, and Indexby Harold "Dynamite" Payson
114 pp., softcover
I started out with the big books like Chapelle and Stewards. Being a complete novice that was a mistake. Ninety percent of the time I didn't really know what they were talking about. Harold Payson, however, takes you through the whole process from start to a finish in a very clear manner - without spending a 1000 words on the finer points of various fasteners (for example). You get the whole picture quickly - even if you want to design your own boat rather than just build to someone else's blue prints. If you are looking for your first book on building your own boat THIS IS WHERE YOU SHOULD START!