- Paperback: 85 pages
- Publisher: Wooden Boat Publications; First edition (November 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0937822167
- ISBN-13: 978-0937822166
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 11.6 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Expectant Father's Cradle Boat Book Paperback – November, 1990
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Overall, the instructions are fairly clear and easy to follow. There are, however, a few pitfalls to avoid before construction starts. If you plan to enlarge the plans and patterns included in the back of the book with an architectural reprographics firm (as I did), be cautioned. The 600% enlargement specified by the book proved inaccurate. 548% brought them to scale without distortion and this was expensive (over $50). Once the plans were to scale, any stated measurements on the plans were not necessarily accurate so again, beware. Some measurements had to be coaxed from the plans and the exact placement of the transom mold still eludes me. Also a little confusing is that all the patterns are not square on the graph and, in fact, some patterns are not symmetrical. In particular the transom and rocker patterns. Purchasing the available full size plans may be the way to go.
Again the book is fairly well written as an instructional guide, even for someone like me with little boat building or woodcrafting experience. I'd have rated it much higher had the supporting plans and patterns better lent themselves to more rapid and better construction and less head scatching.
As the author recommends, avoid using kiln-dried wood. It's quite brittle. I had a number of strips crack as I was bending around the most severe radii (near the bow) as expected. What I didn't expect was that the staples weakened the stressed strips enough to make breaks in about half of the strips on one side of the boat--subtle enough to be covered by the staples but catastrophic enough to have to scrap the build. Sigh.Read more ›
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I will be building these for sale the book gives you good plans and an advice on how to build these with ease. Read morePublished 18 months ago by David W.
Not only have I basicly memorized book I have also got cradle under construction....I also have Jordon Boats lap strap plans and that one is also in construction. Read morePublished 20 months ago by David G. Miller
DISAPOINTED, was after JORDAN WOOD BOATS Boatbuilding My Way MIGHT TRY AGAIN ONE DAY IF I WANT IT BAD ENOUGHPublished 22 months ago by FRANK DEBOOY