Since it was first published in 1978, Lapstrake Boatbuilding has become a classic. It has found its way into boatshops, vocational training programs, college classrooms, public libraries, and thousands of private boatbuilding libraries. It is the only book that leads you through lapstrake construction from stock selection, to setting up, steaming, planking, and inboard joinerwork. This is the basic book on lapstrake construction that provides the background information everyone needs. It's chock full of tricks of the trade, and in this Third Edition has been updated where necessary to keep the information current. There is a good reason why this book has been consistently popular with boatbuilders and aspiring boatbuilders for more than two decades. Whether you would like to build a skiff, a tender, or even one of the lovely Lincolnville Salmon Wherries like the one in the photo, Lapstrake Boatbuilding contains the information every builder should have close at hand. There's a glossary in this book, but if you're new to this field, having a copy of Pigeons and Gudgeons close at hand would be an asset.
A note to aspiring boatbuilders...
If you are thinking about building a boat for the first time, reading is certainly the place to begin. The second consideration is the matter of selecting a design. Over the years we have learned that so-called novice boatbuilders are capable of producing some truly lovely boats, so don't be deterred by thoughts that it's not possible for you, or that all you can hope to build is the simplest design. Building traditional boats isn't easy (nothing worthwhile ever is); but it is a skill that can be learned with perseverance and attention to detail. The plans offered by Duck Trap Woodworking have been drawn and annotated with non-professionals in mind. Why not look through them to see whether there is a design that appeals to youfor your first boat that is an important factor.