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I would like to get a good boat building book before beginning my first boat.  I want something that includes discussion on scarfing, lofting, working with epoxy and other good information.  I am thinking about "Building Small Boats" by Greg Rossel.  Any other suggestions?  I hope to build a CS 17.

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Greg Rossel's  book is excellent and I think is a must have.  Good scarfing info and lofting as well.  Not much on epoxy though and is aimed at more traditional built craft craft.   Gougeon  Bros. epoxy info is excellent and can be found online.  I bought two books on glassing boats and can't recommend them. (won't mention titles as they were not worth it)  Sorry to be of no help.  Check for info online.  A lot can be found.

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Holy McEpoxy, bat women, we have a new builder.......

Sorry, my attempt at batman humor....

Welcome- glad to have someone aboard that knows less than me..

I have read, and am reading, two good books on the subject of stitch and glue boat building, the only relevant topic if you are considering a CS17. They are both great and similar in content.

I would buy both, in this order:

1. stitch and glue boatbuilding by kulczycki

2. Devlins boat building by devlin

Both are available from the wooden boat store

Good luck, keep us informed and do it. It's a ball.

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The Rossel book is excellent, with a good discussion of lofting as well as traditional boatbuilding methods. 

 

For epoxy construction (strip, stitch & glue, cold-molding), the gougeon bros. book has a tremendous amount of information. It's online here http://www.westsystem.com/ss/assets/HowTo-Publications/GougeonBook%20061205.pdf but you can get a hardcopy from amazon or woodenboat too.

 

Devlin's  stitch & glue is not as encyclopedic as the gougeon book and maybe less overwhelming for a first time builder, but  is only for plywood/epoxy construction (like the B&B boats). http://www.amazon.com/Devlins-Boatbuilding-Build-Stitch-Glue/dp/0071579907. 

 

 

Canoecraft, while obviously centered on canoes, give a thorough treatment of epoxy wood strip construction http://www.amazon.com/Canoecraft-Illustrated-Guide-Woodstrip-Construction/dp/1552093425 .  Nick Shade has a similar one for kayaks: http://www.amazon.com/Building-Strip-Planked-Boats-ebook/dp/B001NLL46O/

 

If you're looking to build a CS 17, the Devlin or Gougeon books are most applicable, but there are always good ideas to be had in books about other types of build methods or boats.

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