|Amazon Price||New from||Used from|
Harold H. Payson--known to associates, friends, and his wife as Dynamite--thinks you can build a boat. In fact, if you can saw a penciled line, apply glue, drive nails, and bring a modest measure of patience to the task, you can build and launch a smart and able craft in as few as 40 man-hours. You need not be driven by lack of tools, materials, skills, or time to abandon in frustration a project you conceived in a spirit of pleasurable anticipation.
Years ago, when Dynamite began supplementing his boatbuilding work by selling boat plans, he got feedback from a number of customers who found the boats too difficult to build. Many of these would-be boatbuilders had never heard of lofting and were intimidated and discouraged by the necessity of building the boat itself. Many of them, too, could not find local suppliers of the lumber and other materials called for by the plans.
Selling plans for boats that never got built went against Dynamite's Down East grain, and it was also, he figured, "a straight road to bankruptcy in the long run." He outlined the problem to Philip Bolger, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, arguably the most innovative small-craft designer around, and Bolger agreed, on one condition, to design a series of boats that would require no lofting, no jig, and no lumber that could not be obtained at any local building-supplies store. Boats that would not require a great investment of time to cut out and button up. In short, boats for the inexperienced builder whose fundamental desire is to get out on the water. The one condition was that Dynamite would build and thoroughly test a prototype of each design to wring out every bug before offering the plans for sale. Dynamite readily agreed, and a felicitous partnership was born. The eventual result was the original fleet of six boats described in his first book, Instant Boats.
Here are eleven new Instant Boats to choose from, including three built with a new "Tack and Tape" method that eliminates most of the beveling and results in a very shapely and spritely craft. Flip through the pages and compare the odd, sometimes startling shapes of the patterns with the pleasing sheers and functional good looks of the completed boats. You will begin to appreciate the genius of Bolger. In the opening chapters Dynamite tells you with common sense and uncommon good humor everything you need to know to build one of his boats. You can then start right in cutting readily available plywood sheets to precomputed patterns. (You can build directly from the book, but the purchase of larger-scale plans at a modest cost from Dynamite will make the task of scaling off the patterns easier.) Before you know it you will be fastening them together--all your basic assembly virtually behind you, and years on the water just ahead.
Pleasant sailing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Love this book. Great information, designs, and a pleasure to read. I think anyone interested in building small wood boats should give this book a try.Published 2 months ago by Builderofstuff
A detailed instruction book with a little humor. This text helped me make models of a couple of boats. Planning to make full-scale versions this spring.Published 4 months ago by Thomas Cicora
I like the book, but I bought the kindle version and unfortunately you cant read any of the dimensions on any of the drawings so it makes it difficult to build any of these boats... Read morePublished 5 months ago by David B Little
Ok plan for these boats are hard to follow and not that stylish. Glad I bought it used. If you have patients you can build one of these boats.Published 8 months ago by David W Davison
Dynamite Payson's easy to follow instructions and Phil Bolger's (almost) idiot-proof plans will have you in a boat of your own construction sooner than you think. Read morePublished 11 months ago by don crawford
Great book, however the print quality was somewhat lacking. It is difficult to make out some of the dimensions on the Gypsy plans.Published 16 months ago by James A. Yurasits
Built the 8 footer and I will build another soon. Will use the floor board for a strong back from the start.Published 19 months ago by Coffee Mike
The introduction is well written and contains several sensible considerations.
Description of how-to-build the eleven stitch-and-glue boats are good and easy to... Read more