Confessions of a Boatbuilder

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Sheridan House, Inc., 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 260 pages
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In Confessions of a Boatbuilder, James D. Rosborough writes about the building of small wooden vessels in earlier times. From his modest beginnings in the 1940s constructing eight-foot punt rowboats, Rosborough's nautical design efforts grew to include three boatyards, the construction of over 150 vessels???most of them schooners???and a host of distinguished clients. Rosborough pioneered numerous designs ranging in length from 30 to 65 feet. He reveals the unexpected trials and triumphs involved in the design, construction, and operation of these beautiful vessels, as well as the character of a self-determined boatbuilder who grasped one of the last windows of opportunity before the wooden boatbuilding industry bottomed out.
 

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Interesting, entertaining and well written book, whether your a wooden schooner lover, a plastic boater, or an armchair sailor. Recommend it highly.

Contents

More BoatsMore Hard Knocks
15
A Business Disaster
21
Looking for Boats in Newfoundland
29
Last of the Newfoundland Schooners
35
Traded for a Trailer
43
Back Again to Newfoundland
49
Gearing up in Nova Scotia
55
New BoatsNew WaysNew Days
61
The Admirals Cannons
137
More 46foot Yachts at Theriaults
147
Big Medium and Small at Theriaults
157
Santa Maria and Operation Sail
169
Custom Designs
173
A Final Trio From Bluewater Boats
181
A Quartet From Windjammer
189
Four Privateers From Theriaults
193

Dick Shaw Delivers
71
Business ExpandsMore New Yards
79
New YardsNew Boats
87
Bluewater Boats Busily Building19661970
97
The Chester Boats
103
Simply Gorgeous Hal and the Magic Burning Boat
109
Antic Witch
117
Flying on their own
121
Sea Chase Trillium Sea Trek II Lesana
131
A Special Trio From Meteghan River
201
A Final Quartet of Privateers from A F Theriaults
209
The Last Days of Windjammer Yachts
217
Last of Our Wooden Boats at A F Theriault Son
225
Some Last Boats With Donnie Russell
235
A Few More Before The End
243
Appendix
253
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