Classic Boats of the Thousand Islands

Classic Boats of the Thousand Islands

Classic Boats of the Thousand Islands

A superbly photographed tribute. The Thousand Islands region is one of the most picturesque in North America. For dedicated boating enthusiasts, it is a recreational waterway without equal. For antique boat collectors, it is a mecca of glistening mahogany and hand-polished brass. Classic Boats of the Thousand Islands explores the region ‘s rich boatbuilding heritage, including: the unique St. Lawrence skiff lavish custom runabouts and sport boats cruisers and yachts floating limousines, se

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Details of Classic Boat Construction

Details of Classic Boat Construction

This impressive book shows the process of constructing a boat hull with extensive photographs and drawings and includes ample time-saving procedures. Larry Pardey is accepted as one of the master craftsman of the wooden-boat building world . He and his wife, Lin, have built two, strong, handsome boats an sailed twice around the world in them. This book will help you to save money, time, and energy while creating the boat of your dreams. This book will also guide you with the right tools and e

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  • David Holubetz says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very nicely done, December 10, 2008
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    David Holubetz (Telluride, Colorado) –
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    Great book. Bought it for my dad. High quality production and beautiful photos. Sort of a who’s who of the boats of this area, with all the shots taken in the local setting. Also has fun information about the area, the boats and the buildings in the background. Suitable for anyone into old wooden powerboats, and wanting something broader-ranging than the books about a specific brand of boat. Good enough to pad out a serious library, and at the same time simple enough to leave laying around the house for guests to browse. My dad’s nephew (10) liked it too.

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  • Anonymous says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Beautiful Book, December 8, 2012
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    This review is from: Classic Boats of the Thousand Islands (Hardcover)

    Glossy beautiful photos and information about the classic wooden boats on the St.Lawrence river in the Thousand Islands. Also I got it at a fraction of the same book I found in the Thousand Islands. Very high quality book.

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  • Anonymous says:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great photos – wish it had a few other boats, November 25, 2011
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    MJ

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    Purchased as a Christmas gift for my husband who grew up summering in the Thousand Islands region in the bilges of many a classic boat. He enjoyed the book and the only comment he had is that there are certain boats that he felt should have been included that weren’t. However, for someone who isn’t intimately knowledgeable with the boats of this region, it is a great comprehensive review of classic wooden boats.

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  • Ryan McNabb says:
    23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The way it’s done., December 8, 2004
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    Ryan McNabb (Ooltewah, TN ) –
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    This review is from: Details of Classic Boat Construction (Hardcover)

    What to say about this book…it shows you wooden boat construction at its very, very best. Starting with raw lumber and simple hand tools, Larry Pardey takes us, step by laborious step, on the odyssey of building a truly world class cruising yacht, his 30′ Taleisin. Not only is every step of the hull construction detailed, but we also get “real world” time and cost estimates so there are no illusions as to how much time and money each step will take. There are superb “pro and con” treatments of aspects that have a variety of solutions. If there are multiple ways to tackle a job, he makes two columns and discusses the pros and cons of each in detail. Usually you just get the author’s opinions without any extra information.

    This book is famous also because of it’s very important final appendix on epoxies in salt water craft, and how epoxy often is weakened to the point of failure by salt water, repeated stress, and heat – 3 things that a sailboat gets plenty of. I am told by many epoxy fans that this chapter “is now out of date”, but I don’t remember any amazing new epoxies coming out that make Pardey’s findings defunct. George Buehler says it best – epoxy works best when it’s backed up by a bolt. “Praise epoxy but pass the nails”.

    Also note the title “The Hull”. That’s all you get. When it comes to decks, houses, rigging, etc., you’re on your own. Hopefully Pardey will bring out volume 2 on the rest of the boat.

    He’s a masterful carpenter and his work is glorious and gleaming, fully among the best of yacht-quality work ever done. This is something you need to seriously soak in. This is THE BEST, and not necessarily realistic for the average home boat builder. This book represents a set of skills that you probably don’t have, and may find difficulty developing in your lifetime, unless you are really dedicated. Also, there is the time factor. It’s one thing to look at a photo of fastening planking on the frame and say “I understand that…I can do that!” and it’s quite another to realize how many HUNDREDS of hours are involved in just a few of the aspects of the hull construction. Pardey could work on his yacht full time – he didn’t need to do other work to pay the bills. He was also in the prime of his health. Most Americans only have this kind of time if they’re retired, and that often means not as strong as we once were. If we’re young and strong it means we have to work for a living. So, this particular boat might be best aimed at the youngish man who doesn’t have to work very much for his living. Either that or you’ll spend about a decade of weekends on this boat.

    If you want to get on the water a little quicker than that, consider George Buehler’s “Backyard Boat Building”, for salty and sea worthy crusising yachts that the average man or woman can build themselves in a year or two, and actually take to the Caribbean, or further. I’m not saying don’t aspire to Pardey’s level, but remember that you live in the real world. It’s better to build a simple boat than to not build a fancy one. It’s better to go sailing than it is to spend your free weekends for 2 years screwing down teak decking. But, that consideration aside, there is no better guide to traditional yacht construction than this.

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  • Dr. Rob says:
    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Magnificent Display of Traditional Boat Building!, November 30, 1999
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    This review is from: Details of Classic Boat Construction (Hardcover)

    Larry Pardey’s volume on Classic Boat Construction is itself a classic. Hundreds of photos, detailed construction descriptions and pro/con lists that let the reader decide. My father and I are about to start construction of another Taleisin and have two copies because we fought over the first one! Recommended to any wooden boatbuilder, even just to find out the things they don’t tell you in other ‘text-books’.

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  • Anonymous says:
    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Hard Core, February 6, 2007
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    Dr. Rob

    This review is from: Details of Classic Boat Construction (Hardcover)

    I have read at least 5 (maybe more) books on home boat building. Where this book does a superior job is in its prolific use of photographs to demonstrate the steps discussed in the text. Pardey’s is a good book but a bit on the “HARD CORE” side. For instance how many “one-off” builders are going to go to the trouble of forging our own magnesium alloy floor brackets? If you are serious about building your own boat I’d still recommend reading this book but it should not be the first you read. In my opinion, Pardey’s book is not intended for the rank armature. In fact you have to be fairly familiar with, carpentry, boats, and boat building terminology in order to follow the book at all. I still encountered JARGON that was unfamiliar to me. If I were the editor of this book I’d recommend a comprehensive GLOSSARY OF TERMS be added at the end of the book. That one addition would greatly increase the utility of this book.

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