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Wood Hull Design Considerations


Watercraft have evolved over centuries of trial and error to the more "modern" state of the art vessels we are now familiar with. Wood as a boat building material is still used in many parts of the world as the most readily available, easy to work, repairable material for marine applications. Even with the advent of composites, fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) and lightweight metals, wood will for many years to come, continue to be a major factor in the design of boats.

Lloyds Register of Shipping Rules and Regulations for the Classification of Yachts and Small Craft is the standard adopted by reference in Coast Guard regulations for the design and construction of wooden small passenger vessels. Lloyds Rules apply to vessels of up to 50 meters (164 feet scantling length).

Other classification society standards may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

No single publication contains all the innovations found in the design of wooden vessels. This circular and the following readings form a basis of good marine practices from which owners, designers, builders, inspectors and surveyors can, along with experience, maintain the highest level of small passenger vessel safety.

  1. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
    The Encyclopedia of Wood
    387 Park Ave., South
    New York, N.Y. 10016

  2. Lloyd's Register of Shipping
    Rules and Regulations of the Classification of Yachts and Small Craft
    Lloyd's Register of Shipping
    17 Battery Place
    New York, N.Y. 10004-1195

  3. American Boat and Yacht Council
    Standards and Recommended Practices for Small Craft
    3069 Solomon's Island Road
    Edgewater, Maryland

  4. Monk, Edwin
    Modern Boat Building
    Charles Scribner's Sons
    New York, N.Y.

  5. Gougeon Bros.
    The Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction
    Gougeon Bros. Inc.
    Bay City, Michigan

  6. Gougeon Bros.
    Wooden Boat Restoration and Repair
    Gougeon Bros. Inc.
    Bay City, Michigan

  7. Stewart, Robert M.
    Boatbuilding Manual
    International Marine Publishing Co.
    Camden, Maine

  8. Chapelle, Howard I.
    Boatbuilding
    W.W. Norton Company
    New York, N.Y.

  9. Taube, Alan
    The Boatwright's Companion: Repairs Below the Waterline
    International Marine Publishing Co.
    Camden, Maine

  10. Navy Department, Bureau of Ships
    NAVSHIPS 250-336
    Wood: A Manual for its use as a Shipbuilding Material
    Teaparty Books
    Kingston, Massachusetts
    Vol. I Basic Wood Technology Applicable to Boat and Shipbuilding
    Vol. II Techniques and Practices Applicable to Preservation and Storage
    Vol. III Technical Data Applicable to Boat and Ship Design
    Vol. IV Techniques Applicable to Boat and Ship Construction

  11. Nicholson, Ian
    Surveying Small Craft 2nd Edition
    Sheridan House Inc.
    Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

  12. Buchanan, George
    The Boat Repair Manual
    ARCO Publishing, Inc.
    New York, N.Y.

  13. Warren, Nigel Metal Corrosion in Boats
    International Marine Publishing Company
    Camden, Maine

  14. Calder, Nigel
    Boats Owner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual
    International Marine Publishing Company
    Camden, Maine

  15. Vaitses, Allen H.
    Covering Wooden Boats with Fiberglass, Revised Edition
    International Marine Publishing Company
    Camden, Maine

  16. McIntosh, David C. (Bud)
    How to Build a Wooden Boat
    Wooden Boat Publications, Inc.
    Brooklin, Maine

  17. Bray, Anne
    The Wooden Boat Index
    Wooden Boat Publications, Inc.
    Brooklin, Maine

Excerpted from Wood Hull Inspection Guidance (NVIC 7-95)

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