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Ultra-Simple Boat Building
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Contents Introduction: The Virtues of Small and Simple Boats Part 1How We'll Build Them1.Three Simple Ways to Build Ultrasimple Boats The Simplified Chine Log MethodStitch-and-GluePolyurethane Stitch and GlueEpoxy Stitch and GlueYour Choice2.Materials and ToolsPlywoodBuying PlywoodLumberBuying LumberAdhesivesEpoxyPolyurethane GluesPaint and VarnishTools3.Basic SkillsWorking with LumberMarkingCuttingWorking with SawsJoining Lengths of LumberWorking with Plywood panelsMarking out using coordinatesCutting the panelsMaking Butt JointsUsing FastenersPre-drilling holes Working with hand drillsUsing hammers and driving nailsUsing screwdrivers and driving screws(sidebar: Working with Chisels) Working with GluesUsing polyurethane glue(sidebar: PL Hints from Bryant Owen)Using Epoxy4.Building the HullBuilding with the Simplified Chine Log MethodCleats for bulkheads and frames Cleats for the transomsAssembling the Bulkheads, Transoms, and SidesAdding Chine logsBuilding Stitch-and-Glue StyleBulkheads and Frames Initial Assembly Taping versus "Stitching"Making Fillets with polyurethaneMaking Fillets with epoxyCovering the hullAdding a SkegInwales, gunwales, breasthooks and quarter knees(sidebar: Home Made Clamps)5.Finishing Your BoatPaintingPainting with water-based paintPainting with oil-based paintVarnishing6.Fitting out and RiggingFittingsPaddling and rowing gear(sidebar: A Rowing Rant)Sailing GearDaggerboards, leeboards, and ruddersSparsSailsRigging(sidebar: Knots)Preventing rot7.Model makingPart 2Let's Build Some Boats8.Minimouse and Micromouse: two tiny, flat-bottom double-paddle pramsHullDecksSeatsLes Brown's Micromouse9.Lilypad: a stone-simple punt10.Mouse and Rowing Mouse: a V-bottomed messabout pram for double-paddle or oars11.Cruising Mouse: a two-person rowing or paddling pram with carrying capacity12.PoorBoy: a small outboard skiff13.Dogsbody: a larger outboard boat14.Jiggity: an "ultrasimplified" Auray punt15.Aurette: a small sailing Auray punt 16.Piragua: a pirogue17.Cinderella: a double-paddle canoe with a "roundish" bottom18.Flying Mouse: a child's sailing pramString Sailing19.Eek!: a larger, sportier sailing pram for more experienced kids and small adults20.Puddle Duck Racer: the world's simplest racing class?21.Summer Breeze: a versatile rowing/sailing skiffUsing the Simplified Chine Log MethodStem and transomFrameAssembling the SidesInstalling the BottomUsing stitch and glueFinishing the HullRowing AccoutrementsSailing Rig22.Doris the Dory: a rowing and sailing expedition boat Part 3: What Shall We Build Next?23.A gallery of appealing designsPhil BolgerTealHis 'n' Hers SchoonersMicroJim MichalakAF3AF4LadybugHarmonicaMurray IslesSwallowdale 15Swan BayPepper GalJohn WelsfordHoudiniTread LightlyTroverJacques Mertens-GoosensCK 17Otter 16Indian River SkiffConrad NatzioSandpiperOystercatcher

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


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