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Ultrasimple Boat Building: 17 Plywood Boats Anyone Can Build Paperback – November 9, 2007
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About the Author
Gavin Atkin is known around the world for his minimalist boat designs. His award-winning creations, including the celebrated Mouse, have been built by countless boat enthusiasts.
Top Customer Reviews
The prospect of building a boat can be very overwhelming. It is a process of figuring out your needs and then deciding on an appropriate design. This is followed by determining if you have the tools, money, space, skill, and time to see a project go from a pile of wood to a pleasant afternoon sailing on a local lake with your family. If you are like me you begin this process by reading as much as you possibly can prior to actually creating sawdust.
Gavin Atkin's book is divided into two parts. The first part deals with the "how" to build a boat. Although you may supplement this information with additional material from other sources, Atkin gives enough practical information to actually build a boat. Atkin makes building a boat for someone who has never done it seem very doable, even fun. The second part of the book is filled with designs to whet the appetite of anyone who
is in the process of trying to decide what would would be the right boat for them. Mr. Atkin includes complete plans for seventeen of his own designs, all very doable, plus he reviews designs done by other popular designers.
My boat recently succumbed to dry rot and was hauled to the dump. I am now in the process of deciding which is the "right" boat to build and Gavin Atkin's book, "Ultrasimple Boatbuilding", has renewed my interest in building my own boat again.
It is a good book to read from cover to cover, but it can also be used as a reference that explains how to complete certain tasks. Gavin also does an excellent job at letting you know that your boat doesn't have to be a 'perfect' work of art or craftsmanship to be a fun project to both build, and to enjoy on the water.
Yes, I recommend thos book to both those new to boat building, and those who have a little more experience. I believe the book offes something for both groups, and makes a person want to get out and build one of these little beauties.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Forty years ago I stupidly sold my last boat. I have missed it every day since. It was my sixth and best boat, a Chrysler Lonestar. Read morePublished 23 days ago by George Petts
Good overall. Not as much detail as I was expecting, but it does show 18 different designs. This should help you narrow down a design.Published 1 month ago by Eugene F. Bennett
A very good beginners book has some nice plans for simple boats. I am building one now.Published 5 months ago by wi7t
This book is a solid primer on building very small plywood boats. The selection of designs and the discussion of each provides good examples of features available in these small... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Esteban Trujillo
If you could only have one book on building simple boats, this would be it. Don't bother with others . . . Atkins covers everything.Published 15 months ago by Harp
Wonderful read that gave me some great ideas for the OBX 130 in August. Very well written. If you're interested in building wooden boats, you should have this in your library.Published 17 months ago by longhaul