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The Legend of Chris~Craft
(3rd Edition) New Release !
by Jeffrey L. Rodengen,
Karine Rodengen (Photographer)
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Recommended reading for anyone interested in history of this legendary American boat builder.  Invaluable source of information, pictures and stories about Christopher Columbus Smith and his legendary boats.  "A must for any Chris~Craft enthusiast!" Wilson Wright, Chris~Craft Club President.
Cutwater : Speedboats and Launches from the Golden Age of Boating
by Robert B. Duncan (Designer)
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Simple and understated in design, powerful and fast in performance, these boats were built to make people happy. Stunning photos feature more than 35 classic speedboats and motor launches built between 1900 and W.W.II, still in use in Canada and the U.S., to preserve the legacy of this era of boating history. 150 color photos.

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Click here to Order!No Classic Wooden Boat book collection is complete without the 7 volume set written by Robert Speltz.   Each volume is full of information, pictures and  history of the wooden boat.  "The Real Runabout" books are a valuable addition to the library of every Antique and Classic Wooden Boat enthusiast.  I highly  recommend every volume.
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Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4, Volume 5, Volume 6


Mahogany Boats:  ~Some of my favorite Shots~
by Norm Wangard
Mahogany Boats :
Norm and Jim Wangard have produced some outstanding work.  Mahogany Boats Some of my Favorite Shots is a wonderful collection of some of the most beautiful Classic Boats ever produced.  Mr. Wangard really captures the essence of the Classic Boat in this book.

Norm also produces these coffee table books
Classic Powercraft Volume 1
Classic Powercraft Volume 2.
Gar Wood Boats
Classics of a Golden Era
by Anthony S. Mollica
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The Book has finally arrived!  The story of Gar Wood has been  long awaited in the wooden boat community.  Tony Mollica, in his book has captured the inside story, and the history of Gar Wood Boats.  This book is a hard bound 128 page's with 120 color photos.  Excellent Book
"This book is a must have for all Wooden Boat collectors and owners."  Lou Rauh, 
The Antique Boat Connection

Chris-Craft (Enthusiast Color Series)
by Jack Savage
Chris-Craft is a name synonymous with classic wooden powerboats. Founded in 1922 with a simple idea--to deliver the joys of powerboating to the middle class by building standardized runabouts--Chris-Craft grew to be a world-renowned maker of quality mahogany pleasurecraft.  Chris-Craft is a rich, colorful history of the powerboats that popularized boating, and all the great boats of Chris-Craft are covered, including: Runabouts, including the famous barrelbacks Utilities such as the Sportsman and Holiday The unique Cobras and Silver Arrows Constellations and other Cruisers Sea Skiffs, Cavaliers, and Roamers 

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Chris-Craft is one of the latest in MBI Publishing's Enthusiast Color Series. Written and illustrated with the enthusiast in mind, this colorful paperback is a must for the bookshelf of anyone interested in classic boats. 

The author, Jack Savage , May 13, 2000
Warning! Obsession Ahead! Warning! If you don't already own an antique or classicmahogany Chris-Craft, this book may launch you on a voyage mired in obsession. As current or reformed Chris-Craft owners know, these boats capture your heart and demand that you spend every last penny restoring their glory. Chris-Craft is the best-known name in wooden powerboats, and one glimpse of a restored boat will tell you why. In this short but colorful book, I've focused on the period from 1922 (when the company began producing... read more

Paperback - 96 pages (April 2000) Motorbooks International; ISBN: 0760306060 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.29 x 8.97 x  8.24 Sales Rank: 65,616

Wood Through Water :  Classic Power Boats
by James Ogilvie Knowles, Justus Hayes, James W. Ogilvie-Knowles, James W. Ogilvie, James W. Ogilvie Knowles 
Be it a small runabout or a grand sedan cruiser, the classic power boats of yesteryear share thesame essential features at heart: beautiful, flowing lines; exotic hardwoods; and the need for loving care. Wood Through Water presents the history of the personal wooden power boat, with insights into building, upkeep, and the passion that drives their owners. 
  • With more than 100 full-color photographs and vintage archival images 
  • Includes a variety of personal wooden power boats, from speed boats to luxury cruisers, to modern interpretations of classic designs 
  • Includes classic models from Chris-Craft, Ditchburn, Hacker, and Gar Wood

  • Paperback - 128 pages (November 1999) Michael Friedman/Fairfax Publishing; Sales Rank: 52,568

Classic Speedboats : 1916-1939
by Gerald Guetat, Geral Guetat,
Eric Ledru, James Taylor (Translator)
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Classic Speedboats tells the story of the speed merchants, quest for speed and power boats up to World War II.  The profiles include historic boats such as Baby Bootlegger which won the Gold Cup two years running;  Miss America which held the Harmsworth Trophy for more than a decade and Miss Columbia featured on the cover of Cutwater.

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Wood & Glory : Muskoka's Classic Launches
by Timothy C. Du Vernet (Photographer), William M. Gray

The beautiful wooden boats of Canada illustrated in over 150 color photographs. Ditchburn, Minett- Shields, Greavette, Butson and Banes are featured in this excellent hardcover book.  An excellent gift for those who enjoy classic boat history and the fine craftsmanship of Canadian boat builders.

The Guide to Wooden Power Boats
by Benjamin Mendlowitz (Photographer), Maynard Bray, Stephen L. Corkery
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Brightwork:The Art of Finishing Wood
by Rebecca J. Wittman
BookcoverAn outstanding job of educating in all there is to know about this critical stage of boat restoration-A superb book highly Recommend.

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Wooden Boat Renovation : New Life for Old Boats Using Modern Methods
by Jim Trefethen, Clint Trefethen (Illustrator)
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Written for the novice with shallow pockets and minimal skills, Wooden Renovation tells how to select the right old wooden boat and renovate it. Trefethen details what tools to buy and how to repair and modify the hull, topsides, deckhouse, masts, and interior; work with fiberglass; paint and refinish; and more. Trefethen's techniques use modern adhesives and laminations to replace intricate joints and heavy timbers. These modern methods are often cheaper and longer-lived than traditional ones.
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Hardcover - 270 pages (January 1993)  Intl Marine Pub; ISBN: 0070652392 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.06 x 9.57 x 7.64 Sales Rank: 9,095 
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Building Small Boats 
by Greg Rossel
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A real practical guide in traditional wooden boat building. If you're fascinated with wooden boats and actually want to build one (or more), this is the equivalent of having an excellent teacher right there. The easy-going style and clear descriptions, with ample pictures and diagrams, means you  have a very good chance of producing a fine vessel that you will be proud of. If I were re-starting by boat building book collection, this would be my first book.
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Hardcover - 288 pages (December 15, 1998)
Wooden Boat Pub; ISBN: 0937822507 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.26 x 11.26 x 8.82 Sales Rank: 29,097 Popular in: InfiNet (#17) 
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Painting & Varnishing
by Peter H. Spectre (Editor)
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Availability: Title ships within 2-3 days. Paperback - 146 pages (October 1995)  Wooden Boat Pub; ISBN: 0937822337 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.43 x 10.78 x 8.37 Sales Rank: 5,193 
Frame, Stem & Keel Repair
by Peter H. Spectre (Editor)
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Paperback - 133 pages (November 1996) Wooden Boat Pub; ISBN: 0937822426 Dimensions (in inches): 0.35 x 10.82 x 8.36 Sales Rank: 187,126 
Planking & Fastening
by Peter H. Spectre
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Paperback - 170 pages (November 1996) Wooden Boat Pub; ISBN: 0937822418 Dimensions (in inches): 0.46 x 10.81 x 8.34 Sales Rank: 125,523 
25 Woodworking Projects
by Peter, H. Spectre (Editor)
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Availability: Title ships within 2-3 days. Paperback - 198 pages (October 1997)Wooden Boat Pub; ISBN: 0937822469 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.58 x 10.85 x 8.42 Sales Rank: 198,421 

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10 Wooden Boats:
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Availability:Title ships within 2-3 days. Paperback (October 1995) Wooden Boat Pub; ISBN: 0937822345 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.52 x 10.83 x  8.33 Sales  Rank: 59,967  Avg. Customer Review:  Number of Reviews: 1
Thirty Wooden Boats
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Availability: Title ships within 2-3 days. Paperback - 78 pages (October 1988) Wooden Boat Pub; ISBN: 0937822159 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.25 x 10.85 x 8.18 Sales Rank: 92,393 
Forty Wooden Boats
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Fifty Wooden Boats
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Availability: Title ships within 2-3 days. Paperback (February 1988) Wooden Boat Pub; ISBN: 0937822078 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.24 x 10.84 x 8.14 Sales Rank: 49,695 

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Classic Motorboats 2001 Calendar
Look inside this calendar
by Robert Bruce Duncan (Photographer)
Elegant and fast, here are glorious examples of the golden age of motorboating. Sculpted in mahogany, brilliantly varnished, fixtured in chrome, and powered by reciprocating engines of vast displacement, these personal power boats provided then-as they do now-a sense of exhilaration for their owners and intense envy for those who only watch their passage. The photographs and text of "Classic Motorboats" come  from Robert Bruce Duncan. Wall hanging, full color, 11 by 14 inches. 

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Wooden Boats 2001 Calendar 
by Benjamin Mendlowitz 
The Calendar of Wooden Boats, in its 19th year, has developed a large and very loyal following who appreciate the fine craftsmanship, exquisite settings, and dramatic natural lighting captured in its unique images.  This stunning wall calendar has won awards for photography, design, and printing. Each month provides a delightful image and a practical grid with plenty of room to note dates and appointments. Authoritative, informative, and entertaining captions for the variety of boats (sail, power, work boats, and small open boats) are provided by marine historian Maynard Bray.

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Calendar Wall edition (August 2000) Noah Pubns; Dimensions (in inches): 0.24 x 11.92 Sales Rank: 36,546

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