History of Cruising Sailboats.
This chapter covers the history of the 'cruising' sailboat and tells of
some of the characters that helped make it possible for us to enjoy
cruising as we know it today.
Budgets & Planning
Here you will read about Initial planning and calculations of how much
will it all cost. How to save money and keep within your budget. Budgets
for acquiring your boat and for maintaining the cruising lifestyle. Earn
as you cruise. Chartering your boat. Setting up a workshop. Boat size
for cruising and crew requirements. Where to look: new or second-hand or
build. All this and much much more !
Choosing the Hull
Hull types, including keels and other appendages. Selecting a hull type.
Formulas and technical considerations and what they mean. Displacement
length ratios and meanings. Seaworthiness, hull ends, overhangs, hull
balance, self steering capabilities with and without mechanical devices
Slipping your hull and the ability to go aground. Raised decks, poop
sterns and anchor wells. Self steering capabilities see also rig and
self steering. Underwater considerations; draft limitations, types of
ballast, centre-boards, drop keels, twin keels. Rudder types; transom
hung rudder. Hull construction materials; selecting the hull material
and the choice between glass fibre, steel, aluminium or wood, advantages
and disadvantages of each. Motor Sailer hulls.
Decks and Superstructures
General configuration and layout above the deck-line. Decks and
Superstructure arrangements; centre verses aft cockpit, raised decks,
raised foredeck, raised poop or raised mid-ship layouts. Pilot houses.
Window and port sizes. Hatches; types and sizes. Deck covering. Life
lines, Pulpits and Push-pits.
Rigs and Sail boat plans
Choosing a sail plan for cruising; cutter, ketch, yawl or schooner.
Modern or traditional. Un-stayed rigs, contemporary Bermudian or gaff.
Types of standing and running rigging. Winches, reefing systems,
bowsprits. Equipment for self steering. Other self steering devices.
Extra sails and their uses; storm sails and spinnakers.
Choosing a Building Site
If you decide to
custom build from scratch or a hull and deck package, you will need a
suitable building site; this applies equally if you are building in
fiberglass, steel or wood. Depending on where you live you may have
many, or a limited number or choices. If you live in a warmer area,
then a simple shelter will suffice. If your boat is to be built or
completed in a cold climate, then you will to need to consider a heated
Building in WOOD
This huge chapter covers all you
will want to know about building a wooden sailboat. All methods are
covered including traditional timber construction, wood epoxy,
protecting and sheathing timber, there are examples of boats built from
sawing own timber through to the laid deck etc.
Building in FIBERGLASS
covers the collecting of the correct tools and materials to build your
own fiberglass boat. Purchasing and handling all the materials is
explained in detail so that you will have the knowledge to build your
own fiberglass sailboat.
Building in METAL
everything for those who are interested in building in Steel,
Aluminum and Copper- Nickel. The benefits and disadvantages of the
different metals are explained in detail. Discusses the right tools
and equipment and welding techniques and how they apply to various
metals. The differences between the various hull shapes is explained in
detail plus selecting the correct engine(s) and equipment. Other
subjects include electrolytic protection, building skegs. keels and
pilot houses, in fact everything you need to know about metal boats is
covered between the pages of this book. NEW information on building from
a KIT ... many kit assembly photos etc etc.
engine. Horsepower requirements. Propeller types. Engine compartments.
Fuel tanks and capacities. Water tanks. Cooling systems. Bilge pumps.
Spare parts and Construction materials.
Electrical installations. Domestic Batteries. Engine starting batteries.
Battery chargers. Generating sets. Testing devices. Solar panels. Wind
Accommodation; number of berths verses expected number of crew. 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. Comfortable seating; measurements and suggestions. Chart
table. Sail stowage. Refrigerators and ice boxes. Lighting. Ventilation.
ENOUGH READING FOR NOW WE GUARANTEE YOU WILL ENJOY READING THIS
Sailboats 19ft to 30ft
Sailboats 31ft to 40ft
Sailboats 41ft to 50ft
Sailboats 51ft to 60ft
Sailboats 61ft to 80ft
What is a Spray
Spray 22, 27 ,28
Spray 33, 36 ,38, 40, 55
Cent. Spray 34, 36 ,38, 45,
Spray 340, 370, 400, 460, 52, 58
Those many boaty'
words from 'abaft' to 'work hardening' are among the many terms
you may not know the meaning of; they are all explained in this in this
I have received your
latest e-book ‘BUILD YOUR OWN SAILBOAT’ and I found the article on my
Boat Building for Beginners Course on P77 Chapter 7, it looks great
thank you. I am most impressed with the e-book and feel it will
be a great tool to assist students understand the different methods of
I will keep you
informed of the response when the course gets going early next year, and
I greatly appreciate your assistance with this project.
ROBERTS 434 WOOD EPOXY
Hi Bruce, I have
recently received your e-book
BUILD YOUR OWN SAILBOAT and it looks great!
had a chance to read through much of it and have found it to be of
additional help. Some of the questions I had lingering in my mind
have been answered by your book. I wish to thank you for sending
your book to me, I very much appreciate it.
I have completed the
deck and am now building the transom. I am building the sugar scoop
type with a small swim platform and steps. I want 3 access doors to
store two 30# lpg tanks, life raft, 2.5 gal gasoline container and
4hp outboard, 2 scuba tanks. The doors need to be flat to use piano
hinges and be water proof so I am building a flat stern. Have a Great Day ! Earl
Hi Bruce, I have received the DVD disk of your
BUILD YOUR OWN SAILBOAT
this morning. I started immediately reading it.
It was difficult to stop the reading to send you this email.
Thank you very much. We are preparing for the engine
fixation. Best regards, Mahmoud Rafeal