A valuable companion to Lapstrake Boatbuilding, and like it applicable to all lapstrake boats. It opens with an introduction to lines and half models, followed by a chapter on construction details, with still more information on fastening techniques, cutting plank gains, fitting thwarts, and decking. Problems and solutions deals with first time lofting, flopping garboards, other planking concerns, and wood preservation. Patternmaking and even name carving are covered in Useful Asides, along with thoughts on power tools and boat lumber. Sail and Oar concentrates on building centerboard cases, sparmaking and laminating oars. We have been told that the information on ptheing lead centerboard ballast is worth the price of the book all by itself. There is even a chapter for aspiring boatbuilders that delves into the nuts and bolts of the boatbuilding business, and includes some thoughts on record keeping to make your dealings with the IRS easier.
About the boats in the photos...
The photo above is the stern of the 15' Lapstrake Canoe "Rainbow", built during the summer of 1997. Her planking is white cedar, breasthook and inwales are Spanish Cedar, and her backbone, ribs, and guards are white ash. She is oiled inboard and varnished outboard, and her final weight (including her 9' double paddle) is 56 pounds. Lapstrake canoes are ideally suited for first-time building projects.
The boat in the photo at the right is a 19'-3" Newfoundland Trap Skiff, Arundel by name. Trap Skiffs make for an ambitious first time building project , but there is sufficient information in Lapstrake Boatbuilding and Lapstrake Boatbuilding II , and the boatbuilding plans to build one if you are of a mind to. Trap Skiffs are lovely boats, the largest and most seakindly of all the wherries. They sail beautifully and point right up with their ketch rig.
Both boats were built by Walter Simmons at Duck Trap Woodworking.
If you're looking for a sailing wherry, but one that's not quite so involved as the Newfoundland Trap Skiff, take a look at the Christmas Wherry.