- Hardcover: 406 pages
- Publisher: Gougeon Brothers; Fifth edition (October 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1878207504
- ISBN-13: 978-1878207500
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.7 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction: Wood and West System Materials Fifth Edition
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The biggest changes in recent years, haven't been so much in epoxies, as they have in methods. Cold molded boats are still made, but with computers (as sophisticated shape generators) and better fabrics, the majority of great new boats are being built strip style. There is little coverage of that here. Neither is there coverage of Constant Camber, Duracore (though there is balsa core relative stuff), Cylinder Molds, glued lap, and the list goes on.
Few amateur builders have ever lofted a boat these days, it just isn't the same scene.
But on the other hand these guys understand wood. They go into a lot of non-hull details, from decks to gas tanks (though they no longer recommend the latter. If you read and understand this book, you will be a far better wooden boat builder. There really isn't anything else as serious out there. Mead Gougeon's tri made Sail magazine's (I think) list of the 30 most important boats, I don't think anyone else who made that list has written a similar book.
Other than 207 hardener, their epoxies remain much as described here.
Oh by the way, they have a free booklet on strip building.
I would recommend the Fourth (Revised) Edition, which was published in 1985. At that, I was still concerned about the dated materials on epoxy being fifteen years out. I contacted G.B.s Inc. and they emailed me back that there was no plans to update the book. They let me know that they have a free newsletter they send out on the latest construction techniques and the evolving science of epoxy construction materials. They apparently have archived past newletters for those looking for particular information. I would, however, recommend the Fourth (1985) and last edition if you are going to purchase this book. The 1979 edition is too dated. An excellent companion book is "Boat Strength" by David Gerr, N.A. The two books cover most of my questions!
The G.B.s website has a very responsive tech team that answered my questions promptly.
Includes test results (eg: how thick, how many layers, how strong, how far will it bend, etc).
Excellect illustrations and pictures. Covers all phases of construction: estimating materials, tools, wood as structural material, safety, lamination techniques, scarfing, coating & finishing, lofting, molds, keels/stems/sheer clamps, laminated hulls, strip planking/composit, interiors, decks, hardware bonding.
Does not include plans for any specific boat.
Privately printed (almost as good as Tufte)
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The book also comes with a small addendum covering updates in the WEST System technologies (the latest I've seen is February 2001, although there may be newer), although it's only a few pages.
My first contact with "Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction" was the previous edition at a time when I was getting back into boat building seriously. The boat was a glued lapstrake and my first ever contact with epoxy so I read cover to cover and learned a great deal. This new edition improves on the previous one in many ways - the content has better organization for example.
The Gougeon Brothers know a lot about wood. They know a lot about building boats in wood. They invented some of the modern epoxy boat building techniques used today. If you are going to build a boat in wood get this book - even if you are not going to use epoxy. There is a wealth of information here that makes this book one (if not the one) book you must have on your bookshelf. If you are going to use epoxy for the first time you must have this definitive reference. Even if you are not going to use West System products this book and your epoxy brand instruction sheet are all you need to make that first experience a success. Please read the chapter on safety a couple of times.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is the greatest publication on this subject I have encountered and it arrived in exellent condition. Very good for a so called "pre loved" book. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is of course the "bible" on the subject. Taken with the website you have whats going on in Epoxy building.Published 3 months ago by thomas choat
Considerable detail, not usually found even in this genre.Published 8 months ago by Clinton Hollingsworth
I have been building a 19 ft. Wood Sled Boat for rivers using West Systems Epoxy. This book a very good for any wood boat project. Book came in in great shape (like new).Published 10 months ago by Steve Beyerlin
reading it now. like it so far, good info and I see this book referenced in a lot of other boat building books.Published 15 months ago by Eric Chaney
A lot of very good information, but too much stress on racing boats, and is written like a high school textbookiPublished 21 months ago by Todd J Nickel