How to Build Glued-Lapstrake Wooden Boats

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When you finish reading this book, you'll understand just what you need to do to build a terrific boat. A boat that is lightweight, forever appealing to the eye, a boat that doesn't leak and doesn't require much in the way of upkeep. And, because the book is clearly written and heavily illustrated with hundreds of drawings and hundreds of photographs, this lovely boat will look as though your stock in trade is indeed that of "boatbuilder".

How is this truly possible? The devil is in the details. Boat carpenter John Brooks is a picky guy--a trait you want in your teacher: he's a builder who abhors bits of epoxy messing-up a nice long clean planking line. He's going to show you so many techniques for "getting it right" your head will almost spin. From his unique building jig and clamping system to his masking techniques, you're on your way to the land of craftsmanship. Several years from now when your out for your thousandth row and you lean forward on the oars pausing to just look at the boat, we'll bet you'll still smile at the sight. John knows your attention to detail in the building stage will pay-off in spades for years and years to come, and that line-up of planks, the way it all fits makes the difference.

Read the book, use the index to quickly find all those bits of information, and sharpen your tools because you've just sharpened your mind.

John Brooks spends his summers teaching boatbuilding, and his winters building boats. Co-authoring the book is John's bride Ruth Ann Hill, who when not helping to build boats, is plying her writer trade. You'll benefit from her ability to clearly and concisely convert the physical building processes into words.

Table of Contents:


  • Plans and Lofting
  • Materials and Tools
  • Some Very Useful Techniques
  • Milling Solid Lumber and Scarfing the Planking Plywood
  • Building Jig and Molds
  • The Backbone, and Lining Off
  • Planking
  • "Outbone" and Rails, Then Off the Jig
  • Building the Interior
  • If Your Boat Has a Deck
  • If Your Boat Has a Sail
  • Painting and Varnishing
  • Fitting Out
  • All Done

    by John Brooks and Ruth Ann Hill
    288 pp., hardcover
    9 x 11"

    SILVER MEDAL WINNER! BOOK OF THE YEAR 2004, by FOREWORD magazine in the hobbies/crafts catagory.
  • Customer Reviews

    Based on 5 reviews
    Nate Sublett

    How to Build Glued-Lapstrake Wooden Boats

    Thomas Wolfe
    Detailed lapstrake constuction

    Great very detailed book on the glued lasptrake construction. Will be an excellent companion to "Bud McIntosh" "How to build a wooden boat" and the plans for a Iain Oughtred Clinker

    Francis X Kieliszek

    HTB Glued-Lapstrake Wooden Boats

    Alan Gwinner
    Great Book!

    I’m beginning the process of building the glued lapstrake version of Herreshoff’s Coquina, and I’m finding this book to be invaluable. It covers a lot of aspects of building, especially how to plan the build for best results.

    Ben Runkle
    Glued Lapstrake Wooden Boats

    Very instructive but the photos were not of the best quality.

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