The Art of Wooden Boat Repair

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Subtitled "How to Save Wood Boats", this book is the revised, expanded, and updated version of Taube's A Boatwright's Companion which focused on repairs below the waterline, and was first published in 1986. 

Taube (rhymes with "globe") is a captain, surveyor, builder and repairer with over 40 years of experience, and it comes through in this easy to read text, with over 100 clear, simple drawings.

A pull-quote from the back cover nicely sums up what you'll find inside:
Allen taught me his planking method. I made 25 new planks for schooner Hindu. It was so easy and the planks fit perfect. Later a friend made one more plank. He said he was a shipwright, but his plank did not fit at all. It was the totally wrong shape. He didn't use Allen's method. Read this book. Allen knows how to fix wooden boats.

Table of Contents:

  • Developing a Good Working Attitude
  • Tools
  • Hauling Out
  • The Survey
  • Replacing Keelbolts
  • Framing
  • Replacing a Sawn Frame
  • Building a Steam box for Steam bent Frames
  • Steam bent Frames step by step
  • Laminated Frames
  • Replacing Traditional Carvel Planking
  • Planking step by step
  • Caulking
  • The Graving Block
  • Refastening
  • Making Templates for Floor Timbers
  • Shipworm
  • Stems
  • Through-Hull Valves
  • Cold Molding over a Woooden Boat
  • Decks
  • Rigging the Wooden Sailboat or Traditional Wooden Cruising Sailboat

    by Allen Taube
    276 pp., softcover
    7" x 10"



    The Art of Wooden Boat Repair: How to save Wood Boats, by Allen Cody Taube. A graduate architect of the Rhode Island School of Design, a marine surveyor, and a licensed 100-ton captain, he has 40 years of hands-on construction and repair experience. Taube's tour of the trade begins with a bit of philosophy on approaching the job and the sustainability of wood construction. He then leaps into tools-which ones to get and why-and proceeds to the proper hauling and support of the vessel on land and setting up an alfresco work space. With that done, Taube takes the reader into the nitty-gritty of basic hull survey.
    Here, he makes a strong argument for prioritization and organizing a plan of attack. What has to be done now, what can wait until next season? How much money is it going to cost? Taube writes, "This part of the haulout is most important. It will ensure that you do not bite off more than you can chew. It is easier to tear your boat apart than it is to put it back together." He continues, "Many a boat has had to be abandoned and died at a boatyard because the owner tried to do too much at one time."

    --Greg Rossel, reviewed in WoodenBoat #233

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