Build the Strongest Boat Possible
Metal boats can deal with hazards like ice and coral that would rip apart a fiberglass or wooden hull; many long-distance cruisers choose a metal boat for just that reason. But they are not mass-produced; the only way to get one is to build it yourself or have it custom-built. Bruce Roberts-Goodson has been designing and building metal boats for more than three decades, and in The Complete Guide to Metal Boats he tells you all you need to know to start building the boat of your dreams.
This updated and expanded new edition also gives you a bonus CD with many study plans and 1,500 kit-assembly photos'the equivalent of a shop manual for metal boat building.
"This book is for anyone contemplating building or owning a metal boat. For solid, common-sense advice based on broad experience, the guide lives up to its name."'Chesapeake Bay Magazine
Bruce Roberts-Goodson is one of the world's foremost small-craft designers. For more than 35 years, he has run his own yacht design firm, with offices in the United States, Australia, Great Britain, and the Netherlands. He has sold more than 65,000 sets of boat plans.
|Table of Contents|
Preface to the Third Edition
Chapter 1. Why Metal?
Chapter 2. Boat and Building Choices
Chapter 3. The Materials
Chapter 4. Tools and Safety Equipment
Chapter 5. Welding
Chapter 6. Building from a Precut Kit
Chapter 7. Building from Scratch'Getting Started
Chapter 8. Building from Scratch'Plating the Hull
Chapter 9. Building from Scratch'Decks and Superstructure
Chapter 10. Painting a Metal Boat
Chapter 11. Engines and Accessories
Chapter 12. Preventing Corrosion
Chapter 13. Metal Boat Interiors
Chapter 14. Electrical Systems for Metal Boats
Chapter 15. Appendages, Fittings, and Alterations
Chapter 16. Choosing the Design'Sailboats
Chapter 17. Choosing the Design'Powerboats
Chapter 18. Passagemaking Powerboats
Chapter 19. Safety Afloat
Appendix 1. Recommended Reading
Appendix 2. Glossary