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Building Classic Small Craft

"Gardner's work has engaged and inspired more individuals connected with traditional small craft than will ever be counted."--WoodenBoat "Ought to be considered the Bible on the subject."--Cruising World As Associate Curator of Small Craft at Mystic Seaport Museum from 1969 to 1995, John Gardner sought out the best examples of classic wooden boats and then measured them, drew them, and researched their histories. Building Classic Small Craft offers his meticulous plans and clear and complete instructions for building 47 beautiful, functional wooden boats for oar, motor, and sail, including dories, peapods, Sea Bright skiffs, wherries, Rangeley boats, and many others--a lifetime's worth of admirable projects that any amateur builder can tackle successfully. John Gardner was the acknowledged "dean of small craft," and Building Classic Small Craft is an enduring expression of his philosophy, his knowledge, and his work. All the information you need to build these boats is here; no other plans are necessary. "Worth your attention whether you seriously fancy to build boats yourself or just enjoy reading about them."--Sailing "Another must for the boatbuilder's library from John Gardner, the authority on traditional small craft in America. "--Down East "Required reading for anyone who thinks of building a small boat."--National Fisherman
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Table of Contents

In MemoriamBuilding Classic Small Craft, Volume 1PrefaceIntroduction1 The Common Punt2 L. Francis Herreshoff's Pram3 A Plywood Pram4 A Sailing Flattie5 A Chamberlain Skiff6 A Modified Quincy Skiff7 A Lowell Dory Skiff8 A Semi-Dory9 A Car-Top Semi-Dory10 The Dory11 A Modified Swampscott Dory12 A North Shore Surf Dory13 The Chamberlain Gunning Dory14 The Beachcomber-Alpha Dory15 A Sharpie16 The Peapod17 A Spurling Rowboat18 The St. Lawrence River Skiff19 The Rangeley Boat20 The Wherry21 The Origin of the Whitehall22 A Whitehall Pulling Boat23 The Sea Bright Skiff24 The Barnegat SneakboxAppendix: Notes on Boatbuilding MaterialsMore Building Classic Small CraftPreface1 Herreshoff Rowboat and Modified McInnis Bateau2 Pilot Gig3 Merrymeeting Bay Duckboat4 15-Foot Flattie Skiff5 Two 8-Foot Prams6 Four Canoes7 Down East Workboat8 Yacht Tenders9 Sea Bright Skiff10 Boston Fishing Power Dories11 Matinicus Peapod12 Two Garveys13 Clamming Skiff14 16-Foot Swampscott Dory15 Mower Dory16 Boatbuilders' PlanesBibliographyIndex

About the Author

John Gardner began his boatbuilding career in 1940 at Graves Boatyard in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He became a leading advocate and teacher of building small wooden boats and wrote more than 850 articles on small boats that appeared in National Fisherman, WoodenBoat, Boating, and Yachting, among others. He died in 1995.


"John Gardner's work has engaged and inspired more individuals connected with traditional small craft than will ever be counted." -WoodenBoat magazine; "Deserves an honored place on the library shelf." -National Fisherman; "Poses clear and impassioned means to go from the armchair to the open water via your own boatshop." -Sea History

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