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Instant Boatbuilding with Dynamite Payson: 15 Instant Boats for Power, Sail, Oar, and Paddle Paperback – April 30, 2007

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About the Author

Harold H. "Dynamite" Payson, with Phil Bolger, has opened up the craft of boatbuilding to tens of thousands of hobbyists and spawned hundreds of new designs, while writing nine books on boatbuilding and boat modeling.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (April 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071472649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071472647
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although I enjoy so much woodworking, my mayor motivation to buy a boatbuilder's book was to go sailing in a budget. This is not my first try, but it is the most down to earth for a curious do-it-yourselfer. Others told me to use mahogany plywood, full epoxy and fiberglass covering to obtain a 10 footer with just $700. I can buy a fine second hand boat for less than that!
Payson says hat I can build a boat that I can be proud of with some reasonably cheap plywood and polyesther and go sailing for a reasonable $200 or even less. And he's right! I am halfway to my boat in just 20 hours or so and can not be more satisfied.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to try his skills at woodworking and go sailing in a budget. The only reason I don't give it five stars is that the plans are too small and I had to put some working to scale then properly. But the results pretty much are worth the effort.
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The poor rating is for the Kindle version only. The print version is a five star book. This is a great book but the Kindle version is a disaster. The plans are scanned at such a low resolution that they are unreadable. The text (measurements, labels etc.) appears to be only one or two pixels high and is blurry. Zoom is disabled. In the print version the text is tiny but crisp and completely readable. An important value of a book like this is to let you browse the plans and dream, imagining which boat you will build first. Dynamite must be spinning in his grave to think how poorly his wonderful book was treated. Sigh...
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Another great book from Harold Payson. It's down to earth and easily followed format is inspiring and makes you want to go out and build another of these wounderfully created boats.

A book you must have in your library alongside the other greats.
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Mr. Payson clearly shows how to build a very good selection of Bolger-designed boats for the beginning builder to the more advanced. The building methods are straightforward and the explanations very clear. The author is a very honest person who is willing to admit his past errors. That information is valuable to the builder who can avoid those mistakes and not feel badly about his own faux pas. For example, Dynamite is now using water base boat paints instead of oil paints he strongly recommended in earlier writings. Dynamite provides an excellent discussion of materials including various types of plywood. One might assume that the expensive marine plywood is the only suitable product, but that is not necessarily the case.

I like plywood and the tape and glue method a lot. The last boat I built was a skin on frame. I built that boat for lightness but by the time I was done it weighted as much as the Rubens Nymph and is nowhere near as useful.
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another simple boatbuilding book with tools and methods to get you up and building right away. I liked the suggestion to make cardboard and scotch tape models, before you spend for plywood and pricey glue and glass.....................Max
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This book has a great many illustrations and line drawings and is really not appropriate for the Kindle. You just can't read the drawings. The book has a great deal of useful information and would have been really useful if I were able to read the drawings.
Another thing that bothered me was that you had to read each of the boats constuction details to understand the size and use of the craft. A small picture and the size in the headings would have been helpfull.

Get a hard copy!
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If you want to learn how to build a boat, you need this book. Also, I would suggest getting copies of Paysons earlier books too. There are different plans in the different books. And great info in all his books.

And yes, I have built 3 of his boats so far.
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The original book is the best! - Lately off shore "international" or "print on demand" book copiers have been dumping books into the market place. These books have color copies of original covers ( in the ads) and under inspection I find the following: Weak non-stitched spines, poor paper quality (cheep laser paper) Black and White reproductions or the original color images (poor quality scans or photocopy) pictures that are difficult to see details, This make it impossible to read because your seeing three pages of text or pictures - or worse, no ability to put on a projector for educational purposes or loss of eye sight assistance. Trimming errors up to a 1/8 inch or more and duplication's or missing sections. Technical support said because of their volume they could not tell me if the book I was buying was the genuine or these sham books. If you don't have a policy - get one! I will not waste my time returning books after I have done your quality control.
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