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Ultra-Simple Boat Building

A rip-roaring adventure story filled with DIY tips. This is the tale of Robnoxious's journey down the Missouri River in a homemade boat and a manual on how others can do the same. Robnoxious brings a little slice of Huckleberry Finn to the busy modern world as he and his friends journey down the longest river in North America, the Mississippi river system aka 'Big Muddy', in their unsinkable, ever ready craft The Snowball. Rob's adventure and DIY guide is both fun and practical for long summer days on the river.
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Contents Introduction: The Virtues of Small and Simple Boats Part 1 How We'll Build Them 1. Three Simple Ways to Build Ultrasimple Boats The Simplified Chine Log Method Stitch-and-Glue Polyurethane Stitch and Glue Epoxy Stitch and Glue Your Choice 2. Materials and Tools Plywood Buying Plywood Lumber Buying Lumber Adhesives Epoxy Polyurethane Glues Paint and Varnish Tools 3. Basic Skills Working with Lumber Marking Cutting Working with Saws Joining Lengths of Lumber Working with Plywood panels Marking out using coordinates Cutting the panels Making Butt Joints Using Fasteners Pre-drilling holes Working with hand drills Using hammers and driving nails Using screwdrivers and driving screws (sidebar: Working with Chisels) Working with Glues Using polyurethane glue (sidebar: PL Hints from Bryant Owen) Using Epoxy 4. Building the Hull Building with the Simplified Chine Log Method Cleats for bulkheads and frames Cleats for the transoms Assembling the Bulkheads, Transoms, and Sides Adding Chine logs Building Stitch-and-Glue Style Bulkheads and Frames Initial Assembly Taping versus "Stitching" Making Fillets with polyurethane Making Fillets with epoxy Covering the hull Adding a Skeg Inwales, gunwales, breasthooks and quarter knees (sidebar: Home Made Clamps) 5. Finishing Your Boat Painting Painting with water-based paint Painting with oil-based paint Varnishing 6. Fitting out and Rigging Fittings Paddling and rowing gear (sidebar: A Rowing Rant) Sailing Gear Daggerboards, leeboards, and rudders Spars Sails Rigging (sidebar: Knots) Preventing rot 7. Model making Part 2 Let's Build Some Boats 8. Minimouse and Micromouse: two tiny, flat-bottom double-paddle prams Hull Decks Seats Les Brown's Micromouse 9. Lilypad: a stone-simple punt 10. Mouse and Rowing Mouse: a V-bottomed messabout pram for double-paddle or oars 11. Cruising Mouse: a two-person rowing or paddling pram with carrying capacity 12. PoorBoy: a small outboard skiff 13. Dogsbody: a larger outboard boat 14. Jiggity: an "ultrasimplified" Auray punt 15. Aurette: a small sailing Auray punt 16. Piragua: a pirogue 17. Cinderella: a double-paddle canoe with a "roundish" bottom 18. Flying Mouse: a child's sailing pram String Sailing 19. Eek!: a larger, sportier sailing pram for more experienced kids and small adults 20. Puddle Duck Racer: the world's simplest racing class? 21. Summer Breeze: a versatile rowing/sailing skiff Using the Simplified Chine Log Method Stem and transom Frame Assembling the Sides Installing the Bottom Using stitch and glue Finishing the Hull Rowing Accoutrements Sailing Rig 22. Doris the Dory: a rowing and sailing expedition boat Part 3: What Shall We Build Next? 23. A gallery of appealing designs Phil Bolger Teal His 'n' Hers Schooners Micro Jim Michalak AF3 AF4 Ladybug Harmonica Murray Isles Swallowdale 15 Swan Bay Pepper Gal John Welsford Houdini Tread Lightly Trover Jacques Mertens-Goosens CK 17 Otter 16 Indian River Skiff Conrad Natzio Sandpiper Oystercatcher

About the Author

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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