Ultrasimple Boat Building 18 Plywood Boats Anyone Can Build

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2007-11-09
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
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The first complete how-to guide for building the latest generation of quick and easy boatsInUltrasimple Boatbuilding, renowned designer Gavin Atkin shows you how to create elegant, seaworthy plywood boats with a minimum of time, experience, and expense. Using clearly written and illustrated step-by-step instructions, Atkin explains the basics of stitch-and-glue construction, tools, materials, shop safety, and more, as he helps you choose and build the simpleboat of your dreams.

Author Biography

Gavin Atkin is known around the world for hisminimalist boat designs. His award-winning creations,including the celebrated Mouse, have been built by countlessboat enthusiasts.

Table of Contents

The Virtues of Small and Simple Boats  
How We'll Build Them
Three Simple Ways to Build Ultrasimple Boats
The Simplified Chine Log Method Stitch-and-Glue Polyurethane
Stitch and Glue Epoxy Stitch and Glue Your Choice
Materials and Tools
Plywood Buying
Plywood Lumber
Buying Lumber
Adhesives Epoxy
Polyurethane Glues Paint and Varnish Tools
Basic Skills Working with Lumber
Marking Cutting Working with Saws Joining
Lengths of Lumber Working with Plywood panels
Marking out using coordinates Cutting the panels
Making Butt Joints Using Fasteners Pre-drilling holes
Working with hand drills
Using hammers and driving nails
Using screwdrivers and driving screws(sidebar: Working with Chisels)
Working with Glues
Using polyurethane glue(sidebar: PL Hints from Bryant Owen)
Using Epoxy
Building the Hull Building with the Simplified Chine Log Method
Cleats for bulkheads and frames
Cleats for the transoms
Assembling the Bulkheads, Transoms, and Sides Adding Chine logs Building
Stitch-and-Glue Style Bulkheads and Frames Initial Assembly Taping versus "Stitching" Making Fillets with polyurethane Making Fillets with epoxy Covering the hull Adding a Skeg Inwales, gunwales, breasthooks and quarter knees(sidebar: Home Made Clamps)
Finishing Your Boat Painting
Painting with water-based paint
Painting with oil-based paint Varnishing
Fitting out and Rigging Fittings
Paddling and rowing gear (sidebar: A Rowing Rant)
Sailing Gear Daggerboards, leeboards, and rudders
Sails Rigging(sidebar: Knots)
Preventing rot
Model making
Let's Build Some Boats
Minimouse and Micromouse: two tiny, flat-bottom double-paddle prams
Hull Decks Seats Les Brown's Micromouse
Lilypad: a stone-simple punt
Mouse and Rowing
Mouse: a V-bottomed messabout pram for double-paddle or oars
Cruising Mouse: a two-person rowing or paddling pram with carrying capacity
PoorBoy: a small outboard skiff
Dogsbody: a larger outboard boat
Jiggity: an "ultrasimplified" Auray punt
Aurette: a small sailing Auray punt
Piragua: a pirogue
Cinderella: a double-paddle canoe with a "roundish" bottom
Flying Mouse: a child's sailing pramString Sailing
Eek!: a larger, sportier sailing pram for more experienced kids and small adults
Puddle Duck Racer: the world's simplest racing class?
Summer Breeze: a versatile rowing/sailing skiff
Using the Simplified Chine Log Method Stem and transom
Frame Assembling the Sides
Installing the Bottom
Using stitch and glue Finishing the Hull Rowing
Accoutrements Sailing Rig
Doris the Dory: a rowing and sailing expedition boat  
What Shall We Build Next?
A gallery of appealing designs
Phil Bolger Teal His 'n' Hers Schooners
Micro Jim Michalak AF3 AF4 Ladybug Harmonica Murray Isles Swallowdale 15 Swan Bay
Pepper Gal
John Welsford
Houdini Tread
Lightly Trover
Jacques Mertens-Goosens CK 17 Otter 16
Indian River
Skiff Conrad
Natzio Sandpiper
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