This history of this book started almost a century ago. The very first release of this publication is dated about 1923. The present contemporary edition of the book continues the tradition of representing a perfect reproduction of the most important historical works while maintaining the perfect format of the original publication.

We believe that this work is culturally important in the original form and therefore did not utilize the optical character recognition technique when preparing the electronic release of the book. In our opinion, it may lead to the sub-optimal results, such as improper characters, typo errors and confusing formatting results. The authors of the original publication included numerous data diagrams and images, as well as detailed working plans and drawings of various model yachts and various small ships that would be suitable even for the amateur builders.

It does not, however, even pretend to be a specific treatise on naval architecture or yachting; it would be rather addressed to that portion of the yachting world which is interested in the small crafts and boats that can be constructed by amateurs and not professional builders. The author of the book touched the most important and interesting aspects of the design, construction and sails, with some underlying theoretical principles...  

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I adore secondhand bookshops—the smell, the atmosphere, and the low prices. In my time, I've found lots of great books about building small boats on their dusty shelves. Because many aspects of boating remain the same over generations and even centuries, older books on the subject can often be as relevant today as newer editions, and there's much indeed to learn from them.

However, I have come to dislike certain types of older books, particularly the ones on boat carpentry that are more discouraging than helpful. They usually start with an anecdote about how the author tried building a boat at a young age and failed. In some versions, the author's father, in a fit of misplaced and misguided rage, destroys the original boat with an ax because it's both shameful and unsafe; in others he burns it. Usually the experience leaves the fledgling boat-builder in tears but determined to win the father's approval. Stories like this make me angry because when I see them I know it's more than likely that the author, deliberately or not, is replaying the part of the angry father and making readers feel inadequate, as if they were kids unable to build a proper small boat. In contrast, the present book is meant to make readers feel confident about building small boats. It will explain them how to make the project go smoothly and efficiently, bearing in mind that mistakes are not the end of the world.

You can correct many with the help of good old cousin Poly Urethane, Uncle Epoxy, and Auntie Filler, so there's no need to fear potential blunders along the way. Thankfully, the bad old boat-chopping and boat-burning days are long gone. The methods I'm presenting here are tried, tested, and known to work. Over the years I've noticed beginners often wonder whether alternative cheaper materials and methods might work just as well as the ones I have included in this book. The answer is some will, some won't, and some will only to a point. If you have a slightly wacky idea about building a boat from expanded foam or using water-resistant (rather than waterproof) glue, ask about it on the Internet discussion groups...

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At the first glance, this publication may be thought of as the nice and interesting one, devoted to a single vessel. However, should the reader have a bit more thorough look and study the content of the book, he or she will immediately note that the Christopher Maynard, the author of the book, did a remarkable job and included so much of basic useful information which every naval history enthusiast ought to know.

At the same time, it shall be noted that the publication is very easy and pleasant to read - it makes the book truly excellent for children due to the way in which various details have been explained. The book starts with the intro expanding into a brief description of the way in which ships and boats float, sail and steer. This part is followed by the section dedicated to the triremes and riverboats, yachts and ferries. There is a separate chapter for the engines, powerboats and lifeboats, tugs and container vessels, cruise ships and tugboats, and even underwater vehicles.

Note that every section of this book contains minimum one cutaway view of the ship in question and some of them are supplemented with the exploded view of decks. Definitely one of the best books on this subject available today. 

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This book by Steve Henkel a very thorough and excellent collection of information on a huge number of small-size boats. You will hardly find such a collection anywhere else. Another advantage of the present publication is the format allowing to easily compare different boats.

For the first time, the author has managed to perform a comparative survey of about ninety-five percent of the small fiberglass sailboats (the sizes covered are less than 26 feet) and create the perfect handbook and definitive gallery of such boats constructed in the last forty-five years. Every single boat design is provided with technical specifications, detailed plans and author's commentaries.

We would definitely consider this book the ideal reference for all small-sized boats. It will also be useful for those who plan to purchase the first or next small cruising boat. The author's experience and remarkable background in the field of mono-hull boats have found their reflection in his book. Such experience allowed author to arrange the information in a very clear vary allowing comparisons, as stated above; he also explains some confusions in terminology. That all is why the book is so popular among the sailors.

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The present Guide has been released by The Trailer Boats magazine and tells us about the basic and most effectively tow, launch, retrieve and store your boat. The book starts with the introduction parts (providing some very basic induction) followed by some useful and practical advices on how to choose the right vehicle for yourself, since this step is extremely important.

The titles of the other parts are as follows - trailer hitches - choosing and equipping your trailer - the art of towing - launching and retrieving your boat - trailering sailboats - maintenance. Two appendices at the last part of the book address the suppliers and resources for trailering laws in USA and Canada. Of course, the day when you become a boat owner can definitely be one of the most exciting and gratifying days in your life since the boats give people the well-being and a sense of freedom and do that in a was that very few other possessions can do.

They enable people to escape from the pressure we experience every day. However, owning a boat is not only feeling well and joy - you will have to take some new responsibilities and sometimes have to make quite tough decisions. This is what this book is intended to help you with...

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This is the second edition of the nice and world popular book prepared by Frank Sargeant and released to serve as the comprehensive overview of both sailing and power boating, covering all the techniques shared by both. It includes all necessary materials that any boater needs to know when buying a boat; it also addresses the cost of ownership, marine power, motors, weather and technology matters, safe navigation and seamanship techniques, and other boat handling issues; in addition, this new edition of the book contains a separate chapter dedicated solely to the personal watercraft.

You will get the expert advice on nearly every aspect of launching, anchoring, docking, repair and maintenance of the boat. All info on the marine equipment and technology contained in the book is up-to-date and reflects the very latest breakthroughs in the industry. As it is entailed by the name of this book, it will be extremely useful to novices willing to get some basic knowledge on boating and sailing, for the perfect start.

There is a Glossary at the end of the book explaining the most popular definitions and abbreviations the boater may need to use. The list of guide books and online resources is also there for easy reference. Highly recommended for both newcomers and professionals of the boating, since there is always some room for the improvement of your skills.

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This handbook was prepared by Nigel Calder together with some co-authors (Richard Clinchy from USCG, Bill Gladstone from North Sails, Peter Nielsen from The Sails Magazine, and others) who are all leading experts, with the intention to provide all readers with comprehensive info related to the handling of boats, navigation and seamanship. Each of pages in this book has been designed for the max efficiency and easiest use.

The readers will get to know how to handle the boat under power, how to use nautical charts, global positioning systems, VHF and SSB radios, what is sail trim and rig turning, how to make knots and splices, how to care and repair diesel engines, learn the basics of anchoring and heavy weather sailing etc. Particular attention has been given by the authors to the emergency and first aid on board. One of the main advantages of this book is that it can provide readers with all necessary answers to any questions that may arise, very easy and fast. In fact, almost every chapter of this publication (except the third one addressing the nautical charts) may be used as a stand-alone Guide.

We are pretty sure that this interesting and useful handbook will make the boater's time on the water safer, more rewarding and enjoyable.

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First of all, we want to emphasize that the present publication was not written specifically for the professionals of boatbuilding who are looking for the very latest arcane developments in the field of structural engineering; we would better say that it was prepared and released for the average boatbuilders (amateur or professional) - mechanics, marine surveyors, serious yachtsmen, and naval architects will also find it useful. It is intended to serve as the very easy-to-use source of information, dealing with the important calculations one has to perform in order to determine the final reliable scantlings for the boat.

It definitely makes sense to spend some tome studying the new data tables and graphics; however, do not worry - all the calculations contained within this book can be quite easily performed by any person having some basic understanding of math and every formula can be solved using an inexpensive, student-grade scientific calculator. It shall be noted that this book was the first one to include the structural strength assessment method in the context of modern marine environment.

It is the very definitive reference book covering nearly every aspect of boat strength; it is also considered one of the best layman's guides available today. We have another boatbuilding book by Dave Gerr here.

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