There are fewer than 10, 000 wooden boats in America, but the circulation of WoodenBoat magazine exceeds 180, 000. What is it about these boats that has captured the popular imagination? With his qlively blend of reportage [and] reflectionq (Los Angeles Times), Michael Ruhlman sets off for a renowned boatyard in Martha's Vineyard to follow the construction of two boats-Rebecca, a 60-foot modern pleasure schooner, and Elisa Lee, a 32-foot powerboat. Filled with exquisite details and stories of the sea, this exciting exploration of a nearly forgotten craft and the colorful personalities involved will enthrall wooden boat owners as well as craftspeople of every stripe, nature enthusiasts, and fans of compelling nonfiction.First, the structural frames in the bow crackedato such an extent that the bow section flexed so much that the forehatch ... By now the hull was flexing so much that gaps of up to an inch were opening and closing near the bulkheads and we had to ... You put a hole in a fiberglass boat, you didna#39;t patch it, you didna#39;t try to save the boat, you just threw her away and got a new one: such boats were disposable.
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