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Cl Wooden Boat Renovation : New Life for Old Boats Using Modern Methods - Jim Trefethen

Cl Wooden Boat Renovation

New Life for Old Boats Using Modern Methods

Hardcover Published: 22nd January 1993
ISBN: 9780070652392
Number Of Pages: 302

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This book is about fixing up old boats made of wood. For many people, a boat isn't a boat unless it's made of wood. The psychological and philosophical reasons for needing to own a boat made from honest trees instead of the material that L. Francis Herreshoff characterized as "frozen snot" needn't concern us. But in this day and age, hard-nosed economics and the ubiquitous bottom line certainly should.

FACT: You can buy a repairable wooden boat and renovate and remodel it for a lot less money than you can buy and renovate a plastic or metal of similar size and condition.

Jim Trefethen has renovated dozens of good old wooden boats, and in this book he's sharing his collected wisdom, craftsmanship, and penury with you. It will supply you with the basic skills you'll need to successfully renovate an old wooden boat--any old wooden boat, from a 16-foot canoe to a 50-foot cruiser, and everything in between--provided the boat actually is repairable (and you'll learn how to determine that, too). After you've read "Wooden Boat Renovation," we hope you come away knowing what is possible and how to accomplish it. Then we hope you actually do it.

Industry Reviews

"I strongly recommend this book. It is as full of humor and wisdom as practical tips...It's an enriching, helpful book." The Ash Breeze "Not just another how-to book, this is in-depth instruction written with knowledge, compassion and love for wooden boats." The Ensign



Chapter One: Why Wood?

Is Fiberglass Really Easier to Maintain?

Fiberglass Boats Last Forever

Wood Rots and Fiberglass Delaminates

Wooden Boats Cost a Lot to Build

Plastic Boats Have More Space

Used Wooden Boats Cost Less

Wooden Boats Are Real Boats

Wooden Boats Are Traditional Boats

Chapter Two: Selecting the Perfect Project Boat

Attemptus Futilitus

What Kind of Boat Do We Want?

Where Can We Work?

Let's Stop Planning and Start Looking

Where Do We Look?

What to Look For

Narrowing the Field


The Offer to Purchase

Get a Survey

Financing Your Purchase

So Let's Buy It Already

Chapter Three: Work Schedule and Budget

Planning with a Computer

The Work Schedule

The Project Budget

Chapter Four: Something About Tools

Buy the Best--You Deserve It

Used Tools Are Good Tools

Borrow if You Can, Rent if You Must

Keep It Sharp

The Basic Tool Kit

The Tool Box


Chisels and Gouges


Measuring and Marking Tools

Power Tools

Circular Saws




The Drill Press

Power Sanders

Hand Drills


Chapter Five: Boatbuilding Woods

Grades of Lumber

Sawing and Drying Lumber

Rain-Forest Woods






Sitka Spruce

Douglas Fir



Marine Plywood

The Affordable Alternative


Chapter Six: Just for the Hull of It

Defining Terms

Hull Repairs

Carvel Planking

Strip Planking

Lapstrake Planking


Cold-Molded Hulls

Chapter Seven: Hull Repairs


Hull Flexibility


Frame Repairs

Laminating Bent Frames

Plank Repairs


Carvel Planking

Lapstrake Planks

Strip Planking


Fiberglassing Wooden Hulls

Chapter Eight: All Hands on Deck

Deck Leaks

The Fiberglass Option

Doing the Job

Wooden Decks and Other Forms of Self-Flagellation

Cabin Trunk and Deckhouse

Spars and Rigging

Chapter Nine: Internal Spaces

The Tick-Stick Trick

The Built-Up Bulkhead

Interior Cabinetry


Louvered Doors

Sinks and Countertops

Chapter Ten: Little Boats--Big Memories

Works in Progress

Renovating Runabouts

Renovating Canvas-Covered Boats

Renovating Lapstrake Boats

Chapter Eleven: The Finishing Touch

Surface Preparation


Sanding New Work

Sanding Old Work


The Epoxy Undercoat

Brushes for Varnish

Applying Varnish

Maintaining Varnish



Surface Preparation for Painting

Epoxy Base Coat

The Prime Coat

Brushes for Paint

Applying Paint

Appendix A: Suggested Reading

Appendix B: Sources of Supply



ISBN: 9780070652392
ISBN-10: 0070652392
Series: International Marine-RMP
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 22nd January 1993
Publisher: International Marine Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 20.0  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.76
Edition Number: 1

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