Wooden Boat Renovation: New Life for Old Boats Using Modern Methods

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McGraw-Hill Education, Jan 22, 1993 - Crafts & Hobbies - 302 pages
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This book is about fixing up old boats made of wood. For many people, a boat isn't a boat unless it's made of wood. The psychological and philosophical reasons for needing to own a boat made from honest trees instead of the material that L. Francis Herreshoff characterized as "frozen snot" needn't concern us. But in this day and age, hard-nosed economics and the ubiquitous bottom line certainly should.

FACT: You can buy a repairable wooden boat and renovate and remodel it for a lot less money than you can buy and renovate a plastic or metal of similar size and condition.

Jim Trefethen has renovated dozens of good old wooden boats, and in this book he's sharing his collected wisdom, craftsmanship, and penury with you. It will supply you with the basic skills you'll need to successfully renovate an old wooden boat--any old wooden boat, from a 16-foot canoe to a 50-foot cruiser, and everything in between--provided the boat actually is repairable (and you'll learn how to determine that, too). After you've read Wooden Boat Renovation, we hope you come away knowing what is possible and how to accomplish it. Then we hope you actually do it.

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Hi All! I just wanted to let you know I grew up on the Duchess. My father who was the second owner. He was the guy who the author had written about rather negatively. But I guess I'm just biased on opinion, since I also helped working on the boat for the duration of when my father owned it. I had read the book years ago, and it slips my mind if the author wrote about this boat's history. I don't even know if he knew about it. It has a hero's place in WW II's history saving lives off of Point Judith RI, when a ship had been hit by a torpedo by German U Boat 853. We still have the newspaper clippings of the inncodent. This boat still holds a special place in my life, and I have a goal of owning her once again. If ANYONE knows of the current whereabouts, please contact me at cpardy@cpardy.com 

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About the author (1993)

Jim Trefethen, a lifelong sailor and boater, is a former technical writer and editor who for the past ten years has made his living renovating and repairing wooden boats in Marblehead, Massachusetts. His approach is single-minded: Fix the boat and get it in the water by whatever means necessary, authenticity be damned.

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