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Boatbuilding with Aluminum


Year: 1993
Language: english
Author: Stephen F. Pollard
Genre: Handbook
Publisher: International Marine
Edition: First
ISBN: 0-87742-377-6
Format: PDF
Quality: Scanned pages
Pages count: 294
Description: Aluminum may be the ideal boatbuilding material: it's light, economical, maintenance-free, nearly impervious
to corrosion, less easily damaged and more easily repaired than any other material used for building boats. These facts
aren't lost on the boatbuilding industry: more boats are built from aluminum than from any other material. Its ease
of forming and working make aluminum an ideal material for mass production requiring relatively low-skilled labor.
These same qualities make aluminum just as desirable for one-off builders as for mass producers. Compared with
wood, far fewer skills and specialized tools are needed, and high-quality materials are more easily found. Building
in fiberglass requires a climate controlled workspace, frequent exposure to hazardous chemicals, and, as one builder
said, "a near immunity to itching." Welding aluminum is easier than welding steel a material second only to wood
in popularity among backyard builders and the techniques are easier for beginners to master. The lightweight
panels are also much easier for a solo builder to handle, and fewer tools are needed to work aluminum.
Despite all these advantages, fewer small-scale builders work in aluminum than in any other material, even
though the myriad advantages of aluminum are well known. Only a lack of information has kept aluminum
from becoming the material of choice for backyard boatbuilders or small-scale professionals.
Here, for the first time, is everything amateurs and small-scale professionals need to know to successfully
build aluminum boats of almost any size or type. In Boatbuilding with Aluminum you will learn basic aluminum
fabrication, welding, and lofting (plans are included for a 20-foot McKenzie River drift boat as an
example). More advanced aluminum-forming techniques and large-yacht construction are covered in detail, from
forming panels using explosives to installing engines, lead ballast castings, and much more. And you will learn from a
master of the craft. Stephen Pollard has built hundreds of aluminum boats from large ocean racers to jet-powered
river boats and has developed many of the techniques used in modern welded-aluminum boat manufacturing.
This is a ground-breaking book the first one to bring together the backyard boatbuilder and small-scale professional
with the ideal boatbuilding material.

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