The Elements of Boat Strength: For Builders, Designers, and Owners

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August 31, 1999


Hardback, 352 pages

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0070231591 / 9780070231597


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Main description

"This work is significant. It is the first to include a method of assessing structural strength in the context of the modern marine environment." --Commander M. C. Cruder, U.S. Coast Guard

Acclaimed author and naval architect Dave Gerr created this unique system of easy-to-use scantling rules and rules-of-thumb for calculating the necessary dimensions, or scantlings, of hulls, decks, and other boat parts, whether built of fiberglass, wood, wood-epoxy composite, steel, or aluminum. In addition to the rules themselves, The Elements of Boat Strength offers their context: an in-depth, plain-English discussion of boatbuilding materials, methods, and practices that will guide you through all aspects of boat construction.

Now you can avoid wading through dense technical engineering manuals or tackling advanced mathematics. The Elements of Boat Strength has all the formulas, tables, illustrations, and charts you need to judge how heavy each piece of your boat should be in order to last and be safe. With this book, an inexpensive scientific calculator, and a pad of paper, you'll be able to design and specify all the components necessary to build a sound, long-lasting, rugged vessel.

What reviewers have said about Dave Gerr's books:

Propeller Handbook

"By far the best book available on the subject."--Sailing

"The best layman's guide we've ever read."--Practical Sailor

Dave Gerr and International Marine made a complicated topic understandable and put it into a handbook that is easy to use."--WoodenBoat

"Without doubt the definitive reference for selecting, installing, and understanding boat propellers."--Royal Navy Sailing Association Journal

The Nature of Boats

"If you are not nautically obsessed before reading this book, you will most certainly be afterward."--Sailing

Fascinating potpourri of information about today's boats, modern and traditional."--WoodenBoat

Table of contents

List of Formulas, Tables, and ChartsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Scantling Rules and the Scantling Number2. Fiberglass Construction Materials and Methods3. Fiberglass Design Considerations, Modern Laminates, and One-Off Construction Methods4. Fiberglass Scantling Rule: Basic Solid-Glass Hull Shell5. Fiberglass: Internal Structure6. Fiberglass Sandwich or Cored Construction7. Wood Construction Materials and Methods8. Wood Design Considerations9. Plank-on-Frame Scantling Rule10. Fasteners, Straps, Knees, and Details11. Modern Wood-Epoxy Construction12. Wood: Species, Type, and Application13. Aluminum and Steel Construction Materials and Methods14. Aluminum and Steel Design Considerations15. Aluminum and Steel Shell Plate and Longitudinal Framing16. Aluminum and Steel Structural Details17. Aluminum and Steel Alternate Construction Methods18. Welding, Small Openings, and Riveting Aluminum19. Small Aluminum Boats and Copper-Nickel HullsAppendix 1: Photo GalleryAppendix 2: Pipe Sizes and Properties TableAppendix 3: Bolt-Strength TablesAppendix 4: Finding Specific GravityAppendix 5: Measure and Unit Conversion TablesBibliographyIndex

Author comments

Dave Gerr (rhymes with "bear") is a naval architect who designs both yachts and commercial vessels. A contributing editor for Boatbuilding, Yachting, and Offshore magazines, he is the author of Propeller Handbook, the industry standard reference on props, and the acclaimed Nature of Boats, both International Marine books.

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