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The Elements of Boat Strength


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List of Formulas, Tables, and Charts Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Scantling Rules and the Scantling Number 2. Fiberglass Construction Materials and Methods 3. Fiberglass Design Considerations, Modern Laminates, and One-Off Construction Methods 4. Fiberglass Scantling Rule: Basic Solid-Glass Hull Shell 5. Fiberglass: Internal Structure 6. Fiberglass Sandwich or Cored Construction 7. Wood Construction Materials and Methods 8. Wood Design Considerations 9. Plank-on-Frame Scantling Rule 10. Fasteners, Straps, Knees, and Details 11. Modern Wood-Epoxy Construction 12. Wood: Species, Type, and Application 13. Aluminum and Steel Construction Materials and Methods 14. Aluminum and Steel Design Considerations 15. Aluminum and Steel Shell Plate and Longitudinal Framing 16. Aluminum and Steel Structural Details 17. Aluminum and Steel Alternate Construction Methods 18. Welding, Small Openings, and Riveting Aluminum 19. Small Aluminum Boats and Copper-Nickel Hulls Appendix 1: Photo Gallery Appendix 2: Pipe Sizes and Properties Table Appendix 3: Bolt-Strength Tables Appendix 4: Finding Specific Gravity Appendix 5: Measure and Unit Conversion Tables Bibliography Index

About the Author

Dave Gerr (rhymes with "bear") is a naval architect who designs both yachts and commercial vessels. Gerr Marine has been in business since 1983 and has designed everything from dinghies to 60-foot around-the-world racing sailboats, an 82-foot aluminum voyaging motoryacht, and currently, redesign work on the U.S. Navy's nuclear submarines. Gerr is a contributing editor with Boatbuilder, Yachting, and Offshore magazines. HOMETOWN: New York, NY

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