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In 1980 Lin Pardey and her husband Larry came to California looking for a good spot to build a boat, test Lin’s skills as a writer and taste the apparent security life ashore could offer. Nestled in a rocky outcropping of winding, sparsely populated dirt roads, 60 miles from the sea and 50 miles from Los Angeles, Bull Canyon would seem an unlikely place for boat-building. But when Lin and Larry set eyes on the abandoned stone cottage at the top of a rutted, dusty lane, it was love at first sight. The house was certainly a fixer-upper, but there was plenty of room to build a boat, not to mention peace, quiet, and an abundance of natural beauty. They knew they’d come home.
Larry Pardey is widely recognized as one of the master craftsmen of the wooden-boat building world. Details of Classic Boat Construction shows the process with extensive photographs and drawings and includes ample time-saving procedures. Covering topics that range from financial and time planning, lofting, building floors and framing, selecting of materials, planking and spiling, hull design, and from deck beams to man-hour norms, and details critical to wooden-boat construction.