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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 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 sweeping sheer and the handsome tumblehome aft, she has a shape you'll never tire of.
Chapter I Design and Performance
Chapter II Getting Started
Chapter III Making Molds and Patterns
Chapter IV The Backbone: Keel, Stem, and Transom
Chapter V Making the Bulkhead Frames and Setting Up
Chapter VI Planking
Chapter VII Completing the Exterior
Chapter VIII Preparing for Decking
Chapter IX Laying the Deck
Chapter X Completing the Woodwork
Chapter XI Controls, Deck Hardware, and Finishing
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"
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How To Build the Ocean Pointer
This DownEast Ocean Pointer, is a project that I’ve been thinking about for years. Beautiful Sheer, nice Tumblehome, efficient planing hull, driven by moderate horse power, this all built in the strip plank process. I’ve secured the materials, and have just started the construction. Looking forward to the journey.