Here at the world headquarters of On Board we get quite a few books to review some are good and some are not so good. Some are about boats and boating and more than a few have nothing at all to do with boating it seems except for the glossy shot on the cover. The Art of Wooden Boat Repair with the subtitle 'A boat wrights secret tricks of the trade' is by a chap called Allen Cody Taube whom I must admit I had never heard of until I read this book. This volume runs to an easy to read 178 pages and it is enjoyable to anyone who has hankerings to learn how to work on wooden boats or more specifically repair them. There are no photographs in the book instead there are some illustrations but frankly I do wish there were more to illustrate the points being made. If I do have to take issue with the book is that the title leads you to believe that it is all about wooden boat repairs but it is not and it deals exclusively with re-planking carvel planked boats, there is not mention of other forms of construction, lapstrake for one. Whilst I realize that it is impossible to go into detail on every form of construction in less than 200 pages I do feel that the title is misleading and someone buying this from an online book seller may be disappointed as it may not cover the very thing that he or she needs to read up on. For all that it is a very good primer into the world of carvel 'plank hanging' and for that reason alone it can be recommended.
I do not know the price at this time, the book is not listed on Amazon and strangely the price is not shown on the book jacket so you will have to ask at your local book store which is where you should
be buying books anyhow and not at an online behemoth.