Renowned boat builder, designer and epoxy specialist Russell Brown is back with a new volume specifically focused on scarfing plywood and lumber. This clear, concise text is illustrated with large color photos. Learn specific techniques from the best in the business. $15.95
Here's a great new large format (9 x 12) book from noted small-boat (and large-boat) designer Dudley Dix. Chapters include things like: Nautical Terms and Coefficients, the Argument in Favor of Lofting, Hull Shapes and Sea Keeping, Sailing Rigs, and a section called Around Alone in an Open Boat about small-boat adventurer Ant Steward. 180 pages, includes many photos and diagrams.
From the editors of Small Craft Advisor magazine, Small Boats Big Adventures compiles seven years of interviews with small-boat adventurers, writers and designers. Includes interviews with Phil Bolger, Larry Brown, Sven Yrvind (Lundin), and 12 others. Includes a 3-page preface and many photos. 1st edition.
166 pages. Soft cover.
Here's a VERY small-boat specific title you won't find many other places. Author Joe Farinaccio sits down with experts from all over the sailing world and talk small trimarans. Interviews inlude: Russel Brown, Dick Newick, Chris Ostlind, Chuck Leinweber, Gary Dierking and many others. Boats discussed include: Magnum, Windrider, Rave, Weta, Tremolino and many others.
The most thorough guide yet to aging fiberglass boats, their problems and cures written as both buyer's guide and expose of shoddy building practices and lack of standards among builders and surveyors.
Our own William Mantis shows readers how to get under sail with a minimal investment of time and money in his "complete builder/ user/ experimenter/ historical guide and philosophical treatise" on The $50 5 Hour Canoe Sail Rig. 95 pages. Soft Cover.
The gorgeous new book covers canoe yawls in detail, with chapters like "the Four Pioneers" "The Golden Age," "Why the Canoe Yawl?" and "The Canoe Yawl Today." The book is full to the gunnels with fantastic color and black and white illustrations of famous or important canoe yawl designs, plans, photos, charts and graphs. There's even a forward from small-boat designer Iain Oughtred.
Here's the description from the publisher: The Canoe Yawl was developed from the sailing canoe in late Victorian times to better suit the conditions encountered on Britain’s coasts and larger estuaries, and in this history, study and present-day survey Richard Powell, Technical Secretary of The Albert Strange Association, makes its case to be the best type today for the single- or short-handed coastal cruising sailor. The story of this modest yet seaworthy family of boats is described from its emergence with the Victorian pioneers of leisure sailing, through its hey-day around the turn of the twentieth century, its decades in the doldrums following the Great War, and its remarkable and welcome revival in recent years using both traditional and modern materials. Profusely illustrated with the author’s drawings, original design drawings, and photographs—spanning the past century and a half—The Canoe Yawl is an essential addition to the literature of traditional sail.
ISBN 978-1-907206-31-3; 216 x 216mm, 160 pages, profusely illustrated in colour and monochrome. Softcover with sewn binding, cover flaps and matt lamination.
Just released, Roger Barnes' The Dinghy Cruising Companion is one of the most exciting small-boat specific books to come along in some time. 256 slick, well designed pages cover topics like Finding a Good Boat, Fitting Out, Mooring and Anchoring, Preparing for Open Water, Coastal Navigation, Keeping Comfortable and Safe, and much more. Countless color photos, maps and illustration are part of this full color, glossy text. This comprehensive guide is perfect for aspiring or already-enthusiastic dinghy cruisers. Published by Adlard Coles, UK.
David Nichols' nice 8.5 x 11 book focuses on the lug sail, the gaff sail, the sliding gunter, the sprit sail, and more. Also included are marlinspike basics and tips on rigging. And there's information on how to retrofit a modern boat with a traditional sail. One of a few modern references on the topic, this 96-page book features many photographs and illustrations.
From regular SCA contributor Stephen Ladd comes a second edition of his modern small-boat classic—Three Years in a 12-Foot Boat. This version is updated with a gorgeous new cover image by Rick Myers and a foreword by our own Josh Colvin.
For anyone who dreams of sailing away, here's a gritty memoir of a 15,000-mile solo expedition in a tiny, handmade boat. Bent on discovery, Ladd ranges from Montana to a harrowing sail along the pirate-ridden coast of Panama and Colombia, across the Andes, down a river at night to avoid guerrillas, and through the Caribbean. Robbed, capsized, arrested and befriended, he rows and sails through a tumult of uncharted adventures.
Stow away with a poetic storyteller on a stormy voyage through freedom and fear, loneliness and love.
Imagine you spent 23 years working on painting and varnishing the classic wooden boats along the Port Townsend waterfront—just think of all the techniques you'd pick up. Joni Blanchard has just that kind of experience. Her new large-format (8.5 x 11) color book covers lots of the best known products, from plastic cleaner to Penetrol, and there are chapters on caulking, fillers for varnish and paint, oils, primer, rustlock, enamel, cetol, and many others. There are also a load of tips regarding technique, tools, weather and even safety—and some nice color photos. A valuable underground reference book. 104 pages. Perfect bound.
18 elegant plywood boats anyone can build. The first complete how-to guide for building the latest generation of quick and easy boats using stitch-and-glue construction. Includes designs by Bolger, John Welsford, Murray Isles and the author.