How to Build Glued Lapstrake

by John Brooks, Ruth Ann Hill

WOODENBOAT BOOKS | January 1, 2003 | Hardcover |

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As a child, John Brooks loved to build models and sail with his grandfather. When most teenagers were at the prom, John was changing jibs in the Indian Ocean, halfway through a 35,000-mile, two-year cruise. He began building boats in commercial yards at 19, while studying boat design and building his own boats. John worked for many years honing his craftsmanship on fine yachts, small boats, custom furniture, and a harpsichord. He has been a instructor at the WoodenBoat School in Maine since the mid-1990s, teaching glued-lapstrake boatbuilding, fine interior joinery, and carving. Ruth Ann Hill grew up on the coast of Maine. A writer, boatbuilding assistant, naturalist, and graphic artist, Ruth is the author of Discovering Old Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park: An Unconventional Guide and a contributing editor for Maine Boats & Harbors magazine. John and Ruth started their business, Brooks Boats, in 1991. They design and build glued-lapstrake boats in West Brooklin, Maine-and get out to enjoy their handiwork in its proper element whenever they can.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 156 Pages, 8.66 × 10.63 × 0.79 in

Published: January 1, 2003

Publisher: WOODENBOAT BOOKS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0937822582

ISBN - 13: 9780937822586

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How to Build Glued Lapstrake

by John Brooks, Ruth Ann Hill

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 156 Pages, 8.66 × 10.63 × 0.79 in

Published: January 1, 2003

Publisher: WOODENBOAT BOOKS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0937822582

ISBN - 13: 9780937822586

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As a child, John Brooks loved to build models and sail with his grandfather. When most teenagers were at the prom, John was changing jibs in the Indian Ocean, halfway through a 35,000-mile, two-year cruise. He began building boats in commercial yards at 19, while studying boat design and building his own boats. John worked for many years honing his craftsmanship on fine yachts, small boats, custom furniture, and a harpsichord. He has been a instructor at the WoodenBoat School in Maine since the mid-1990s, teaching glued-lapstrake boatbuilding, fine interior joinery, and carving. Ruth Ann Hill grew up on the coast of Maine. A writer, boatbuilding assistant, naturalist, and graphic artist, Ruth is the author of Discovering Old Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park: An Unconventional Guide and a contributing editor for Maine Boats & Harbors magazine. John and Ruth started their business, Brooks Boats, in 1991. They design and build glued-lapstrake boats in West Brooklin, Maine-and get out to enjoy their handiwork in its proper element whenever they can.

About the Author

As a child, John Brooks loved to build models and sail with his grandfather. When most teenagers were at the prom, John was changing jibs in the Indian Ocean, halfway through a 35,000-mile, two-year cruise. He began building boats in commercial yards at 19, while studying boat design and building his own boats. John worked for many years honing his craftsmanship on fine yachts, small boats, custom furniture, and a harpsichord. He has been a instructor at the WoodenBoat School in Maine since the mid-1990s, teaching glued-lapstrake boatbuilding, fine interior joinery, and carving. Ruth Ann Hill grew up on the coast of Maine. A writer, boatbuilding assistant, naturalist, and graphic artist, Ruth is the author of Discovering Old Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park: An Unconventional Guide and a contributing editor for Maine Boats & Harbors magazine. John and Ruth started their business, Brooks Boats, in 1991. They design and build glued-lapstrake boats in West Brooklin, Maine-and get out to enjoy their handiwork in its proper element whenever they can.

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A quality builder in every sense of the word, John Brooks teaches at our WoodenBoat School, and makes his living building small craft on Mt. Desert, Maine. You may have oooh'd & aaaah'd at his nesting dinghy and his pulling boat, at the WoodenBoat Shows. Or you may have seen his work in WoodenBoat magazine.
You'll find this glued-lapstrake mahogany plywood construction exceptionally desireable. It is durable, very low maintenance, plus these boats don't leak, and don't need to "swell". John's attention to detail, and his unique, efficient clamping system will make this book a real keeper. His building jig is easy to set-up, and it allows you to clean up nearly every speck of squeezed-out epoxy, inside and outside the hull, before the stuff hardens. We suspect you'll get about half-way through the book, and then find yourself clearing shop space inbetween reading the final chapters.
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