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From A Bare Hull: How To Build A Sailboat Paperback – April, 2000
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A book with the rare combination of elegant style and sound practical help for the boat owner. -- W.I.B. Crealock, Naval Architect
A fantastic book. It will save boat buyers and boat builders much money, time and grief. -- Pacific Yachting Magazine
Encyclopedic...covering every phase for the experienced and the novice...It will save buyers and builders much money, time, and grief. -- Canadian Yachting
The best guide published...Should be read cover to cover for both the information and commentary...Literate, engaging writing. This is the book to read. -- Sail Magazine
The most complete book on the subject covering every phase for the experienced and the novice...Worthy of a much older man with a lifetime of boat-building experiences. -- Yachting Magazine
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How to select and finish out a fiberglass hull and deck: A complete step-by-step guide covering every aspect of fiberglass boatbuilding--woodworking, electrical, plumbing and hardware installation--with hundreds of tips on how to save time and money during construction as well as purchase. With over 100,000 copies in print, From a Bare Hull has become the reference book for homebuilders as well as many professionals. The Revised Edition contains all new photos and illustrations, much new text, new specs of the best sailboats available for home completion, the newest marine diesels, and the latest list of marine gear suppliers. It also has completely updated: design theories, engineering concepts, descriptions of necessary tools and their uses, and full lists of materials.
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To start with, the book was written in the early 80's and much of the technical details are outdated and quoted prices unfortunately rather unrealistic. Measurements are only imperial and not metric.
The structure leaves much to be desired. He starts with a chapter on reinforcing hulls and then moves on to hull selection criteria. There is nothing on fiberglass and epoxy production itself, it is assumed that those parts are purchased ready to be used. There is nothing whatsoever on hull production. Mr Mate endorses internal lead keels (cough) but suggest to purchase the keel rather than DIY.
Throughout the whole book are suggested solutions to remedy problems related to heeling yet the one solution that addresses all of them (a multihull!) is done away with as unsafe! I fail to see how a mono that can sink within minutes is safer.
Then there are suggestions like "lower the saw blade on a table saw to prevent injury while sitting on it"!!! Sure, he should've added to switch off a hydraulic press before taking a nap inside of it. He also recommends to deliberately damage plywood and then haggle down the price.
Also rather annoying is his permanent use of the same phrase, testament to his rather poor writing skills. I am half way through this book now and have to push myself to pick it up again. What a waste of money!!!