Using the materials and methods in this ground-breaking book, amateurs and small-scale professionals can build a high-tech colored-laminate boat in less time than it once took just to loft the design for conventional construction. Computers have all but eliminated the onerous lofting stage. And a new manmade "wood" and special marine epoxy glues permit building virtually any hull shape in just days instead of weeks and years. Using Baltek's DuraKore, a precision manufactured balsa-and-hardwood sandwich, each half-hull for Dick Newick's famous 40-foot racing trimaran Ocean Surfer was completed by four people in just six hours. Written in close collaboration with and endorsed by the Baltek Corporation, this is the first book to detail the use of the revolutionary boatbuilding material that has taken the small-scale professional boatbuilding world by storm.
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David G. Brown holds a U.S. Coast Guard Master's License, 100 Gross Tons, with Commercial Assistance Towing and Auxiliary Sail endorsements. He has served as the captain of a high-speed ferry serving the Lake Erie islands from Port Clinton, Ohio. Brown is an instructor for North Coast Marine Services, a firm specializing in safety risk assessment, crew training and license instruction. He has also been employed as a boatbuilder and repairer, and for 17 years was a television news producer, writing and producing more than 1,500 hours of news/documentary scripts and receiving an Emmy award for his coverage of the Agent Orange story in 1979.Review:
``The definitive guide to building one-off hi-tech composite power and sail boats of virtually any shape for professional and home builders without time-consuming, costly plugs and conventional fiberglass molds.'' (Australian Amateur Boatbuilder)
``. . .[A] ground-breaking book.'' (Boat Plans International Newsletter)
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