Details, he says, and by golly, details it is. Such a great work cannot be summarized in a couple of paragraphs. No detail is omitted, and every picture has clearly worded supportive text. One can do little more than say this is a truly comprehensive handbook for anyone who aims to build a carvel hull. -- Denny Desoutter, editor emeritus, Practical Boat Owner
For me this has to be the book on traditional wooden-yacht construction to be published in over five decades. In some 518 salty and sawdust-laden pages there are lessons and new tricks for even the most horny-handed, time-served, and experienced exponent of this wonderful trade of ours. For the amateur interested in the more traditional side of things, this book will, I am sure, become their bible, and rightfully so. It is difficult to single out any one area of the book over the other, but I think that it would be worth buying for the appendices alone. -- Bob Forsyth
For someone, especially an amateur, about to start the lengthy and daunting process of building a wooden boat, it would be an invaluable and comforting guide. Pardey is perfectly upfront about the aims of the book: I have tried to concentrate on giving details of construction and information about skills that are not found in books available on boatbuilding. He has succeeded rather well, for the book does indeed go into considerable detail on the methods and tricks employed by an experienced builder to build a sailboat hull from scratch. -- Joel White, boatbuilder/designer, Woodenboat
This book will help sailors work with wood as well as educate them regarding the way classic wooden boats come together. It is a great collection of speed tricks. -- Sail Magazine
This comprehensive guide to classic boat construction contains a wealth of photographs and step-by-step guides to various aspects of boatbuilding, from lofting floors and framing to a selection of materials, design considerations, and the myriad details that make up a wooden yacht. -- Paul Gelder, Ed., Yachting Monthly
This is a comprehensive, well-illustrated, and thoroughly readable manual. In a clear, simple, and almost chatty text supplemented with well-selected photographs and simple sketches, the author has imparted a wealth of his expertise. Any amateur or professional, for that matter would do well to read this book from cover to cover more than once before he/she hefted an adze or rammed a pencil behind an ear. -- Peter Milne, editor, Classic Boat
Which of us hasnt been enamored of the beauty of wooden boats and the romance of building one. Now comes a book that outlines the reality. Even those wishing to do only a bit of touch-up work on their boats should have this in their library. --Charles Barthold, Yachting
This impressive book shows the process of constructing a boat hull with extensive photographs and drawings and includes ample time-saving procedures. Larry Pardey is accepted as one of the master craftsman of the wooden-boat building world. He and his wife, Lin, have built two, strong, handsome boats an sailed twice around the world in them. This book will help you to save money, time, and energy while creating the boat of your dreams. This book will also guide you with the right tools and equipment, planning and detailing as well as how to create and make your own tools. Guides to repairing and maintaining your boat are included as well. A world of useful information is contained in just these 500 pages. --South African yachting
About the Author
As Peter Milne, editor of Classic Boat magazine commented, "Larry's prime interest might be the building of wooden craft, but he is one of those rare creatures, a builder who has covered a tremendous number of sea miles - more than 200,000- in yachts of his own building as well as other people's. This has given Larry firsthand information about which boat-building techniques work, which don't, out there in the big test-tank, the ocean. With his well-rounded background, larry has developed a reputation as one of the master craftsmen of the wooden boatbuilding world."
For over 45 years, Lin has worked alongside Larry, doing his purchasing and finish work. She has written extensively about their voyages and worked as researcher and editor on this book.
Together Lin and Larry have written ten other books and produced five videos on various sailing subjects. They are currently residing at their homebase in New Zealand where they have a small boat repair facility.