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The Expectant Father's Cradle Boat Book Paperback – November, 1990

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Product Details

  • 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: #655,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bill W on March 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book with the idea a boat cradle would be a unique gift from boat crazy Uncle Bill for my soon to be niece or nephew. Although not extensive, I do have some experience building strip built sea kayaks; very similar to the method used for the Bahama dinghy cradle discussed in the book.
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.
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This book is a wonderful inspiration, and even the expectant moms can make the boat taking into account modifications to eliminate ANY exposure to the various toxins in epoxy etc. The boats are beautiful especially the historic examples. The instructions are excellent and diagrams clear. But be warned you may have trouble enlarging the plans. I went to all the blue print copying firms in a major metropolitan area and none of them had printing capabilities above 36" and I had no reply to the answer-phone messages left on the number to order plans. Time and time again. Otherwise it's got the be the best thing to focus on before baby arrives and nothing else can tell the baby(or mother) that you love them more!
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Although the cover shows multiple cradles, this book is really about one single cradle with the reader encouraged to come up with their own ideas. Not worth the purchase price if you are looking to build a cradle from plans with clear instructions.
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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. but as a coffee table. ribs might cause crease in little head.
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