Foam-cored decks and hulls. A readable and comprehensive introduction to the properties, with an emphasis on selecting good materials and fabricating the panels properly to avoid delamination.
Van Gorkom, a yacht designer, describes the improvements in composite laminations in recent years, producing both lighter and stronger boats. Several of the computer programs that analyze hull structures are described. 3 pages with references.
Short readable discussion by a prolific designer of the pros and cons of aluminum, ferro-cement, fiberglass, steel, several methods of wood construction. Also the many answers to the question, "Can this design be converted to another building material?"
Written for boatbuilders, yards, designers and other professionals, PB is nevertheless useful to owners or would-be owners, as a guide to the latest boatbuilding and repair technology and the boatyards that use them. Particularly useful are articles on equipment installation, e.g. gensets, watermakers.
Grab bag of facts and commentary about alternative hull materials and structures. Contains excerpts from hard-to-find bulletin board and newsgroup postings, as well as links to useful sites and vendor pages.