by Walter J. Simmons
292 pp., spiralbound
Advice on just about all facets of repairing a wooden boat is handed out in liberal doses. Topics include how to buy a repairable boat, a survey checklist, cleaning and storage.
It covers all the nitty-gritty of hull repair techniques, and provides tips for repairing oars, making cleats, and more.
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Traditional wood repair techniques focused to small vessels, skiffs, and canoes. The content is accurate for traditional plank-on- frame repair with better than average coverage of less common methods such as riveted and strip plank construction/repair. Other content, such as the use of resins or fiberglass and their integration into wood boat repair is dated due to the age of publication and the authors preferences/experiences. That said, the first 50 pages are worth the price of admission, from choosing the project,to setting up the shop, to the essential hand tools needed, to the mental strategy necessary to complete a project all come from a lifetime of learning. I heard my father's voice more than once. As a career commercial wood boat inspector, I am always looking for new nuggets of information. I found them and a place in my reference library for this good read. Thank you Mr. Simmons.