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My boat or a family boat. Where
and how will you use the boat? Where will you keep it? How much boat do you
need? Using the boat to generate income. What speed RANGE do you want? What
can you afford? How much will it cost? Keeping within your budget. Where to
look, new or second-hand or build? Dealing with a broker. Surveys. Taxes.
Chartering your boat. Trailerable Trawler Yachts
CHOOSING THE HULL TYPE
Semi-displacement or full-displacement hull types. Planing. Planing strakes.
Chine or round bilge. Power CATAMARAN. Formulas and technical terms and
what they mean. Displacement length ratios. Hull construction materials.
Design. Engineering. Number of engines. Fuel management. Sail assistance.
Stabilizing methods and equipment. Special charts and graphs.
number of berths. Cabin soles. How many heads? Designing and equipping a
galley. Various fuels for your stove (gas, diesel, alcohol, paraffin).
Placement of sink and stowage of food and other stores. Showers, hot water
and pressure water. Water tankage. Waste tanks. Comfortable seating;
measurements and suggestions. Chart table. Sail stowage. Refrigerators and
ice boxes. Lighting. Ventilation. Heating. Air conditioning
Surfaces. Fly bridges, Cockpits, Outside seating. Deck areas for lounging.
Swim platforms. Life rails .Pulpits and bowsprits. Handrails. Deck wash
pumps and their many uses. Awnings. Hatch covers. Bimini covers. Windage.
ENGINES AND ASSOCIATED GEAR
Single or twin.
Cruising range. Diesel or petrol (gas). Single or twin. Inboard, Stern gear.
Propellers. Stern drive or outboard. Other propulsion arrangements.
Engine room layout. Engine compartments - Accessibility. Engine room
insulation. Engine bearers and beds. Engine mountings, Stuffing boxes and
bearings. Exhaust Systems. Understanding horsepower. Powering your motor
cruiser. Powering displacement hulls. Powering semi-displacement hulls.
Powering planing hulls. Hydraulic-v- mechanical steering. autopilots.
navigation systems. alarms for all systems. fire control. active
stabilizers. passive stabilizing systems. fuel tanks. filtration systems.
water tanks. waste tanks. systems for larger vessels-reuse of lubriCATAMARANing
oil. spare parts. cruising tool kit.
Electrical Installations. AC and DC systems. Managing you electrical supply
- v - usage. Domestic batteries. Engine starting batteries. Battery
chargers. Generating sets. Testing.
Chapter 8 OTHER
and other communiCATAMARANions. dinghy. inflatable tenders. rigid dinghies.
davits. anchors and chain. anchor winch. cleats and bitts. fenders. mooring
protection, bonding, fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, life jackets and life
vests, harnesses and safety lines, man overboard, emergency steering, air
bags, through hulls and sea cocks. radar reflectors, life rafts. epirb. safe
sun. guns. things to stay away from, drugs, smuggling, pornographic
literature, carrying books or videos that may offend other cultures. dress
CHOOSING THE BUILDING SITE
location and size of space required, Building tents, Temporary or permanent
buildings, access, power supply arrangements, security and material storage
BUILDING IN FIBERGLASS - MATERIALS & TOOLS
Fiberglass materials, chopped strand mat, continuous roving, woven roving,
resin types, core materials, balsa, foam cores, polyester resins, epoxy
resins, carbon fiber, gel coats,
respirators and breathing masks, acetone, release agents, barrier &
cleansing creams, fiberglass – safety equipment, ear and hearing protection,
paint scrapers, disk sanders, mohair, rollers, other sanding devices, fire
BUILDING IN FIBERGLASS – BUILDING THE HULL
Building a male mold, laying out the patterns, making the frames, setting up
the frames, the battens, adding fairing strips, finishing the mold, open
form versus solid form molds, fiberglass - installing the core, non-cored
areas of the hull, single skin over a male mold, laminating with a team,
finishing the hull, finishing techniques
BUILDING IN FIBERGLASS – DECKS, TANKS & APPENDAGES
tubes, marking out the bulkheads, hardboard in-place, deck mold, applying
the deck laminate, installing the deck core, teak-decks, bonding the
bulkheads, sandwich decks and cabin, master deck mold, female molded and
panel decks and superstructures, bonding the deck, bulwark stiffeners,
hull deck joins, production molds, vacuum bagging, camber patterns,
suggested joinery dimensions, interior joinery
BUILDING IN TIMBER
molding, strip planking – wood epoxy, building the frames, assembling the
basic hull structure, installing the planking round bilge hulls, trimming
the panels, planking the hull, choice of adhesive, selecting the fastenings,
fairing and finishing the hull, turning the hull, solid floors – web floors,
traditional and not so traditional planking, ballast keels on wooden boats,
interior framing, deck beams, plywood decking sheathing plywood decks and
CUSTOM BUILDING IN STEEL OR ALUMINUM - PRE-CUT KITS
Creating the design, making the calculations and
preparing the cutting files. CNC Cutting, assembling the hull deck and
superstructure. Several Roberts designed powerboats will be used to
illustrate all of the steps in designing and building from a pre-cut steel
or aluminium hull deck and superstructure package.
A selection of books that the author recommends
to any person involved in building or owning a powerboat.