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August/September 2018 — Table of Contents

Professional BoatBuilder cover photo

On the cover: This aluminum repair candidate suffered cracking when the end of the flat-bar stiffener stopped short of a boat’s structurally robust bow, leaving the load nowhere to go but into the plate at the ends of the weld. Also, it’s likely that too much heat for the thin attached plating was put into the fillet welds, which, upon cooling, cracked microscopically and spawned a larger crack after several heavy strikes on the exterior fender. Story on page 70.
Photograph by John Kecsmar.


Steve D’Antonio

Mechanical steering systems. Page 20.

20  Steering, Part 1
by Steve D’Antonio
Installation and maintenance of mechanical steering systems—cable, jacketed cable, worm gear, and drag link.

Bruce Pfund

Boatyard brainchild. Page 42.

42  Yard Smarts
by Bruce Pfund
Circumstances and necessity often spur yard crews to imaginative, practical solutions.

Courtesy Hero-Glas

Modern marine glass. Page 52.

52  See-through Structure
by Hans Buitelaar
As yacht styles and materials evolve, designers and glass suppliers face new expectations and opportunities for structural applications of glass.

Richard Hallman

Prepregs at ICE. Page 60.

60  Crafting Carbon
by Dan Spurr
A company in Washington specializes in making precision tubes and carbon fiber composite parts.

John Kecsmar

Repairing aluminum boats. Page 70.

70  Putting Aluminum Back Together Again
by John Kecsmar
Notes on the art and science of repairing alloy boats.


4  Letters, Etc.
Readers comment on Meade Gougeon’s favorite wood-fatigue data; Vinnie Pard; and the lubricity of biodiesel.

6  Rovings
compiled by Dan Spurr
Sailing to the North Pole; collected Vripack designs; electrical certification in Spanish, and component certification from ABYC; lessons from unmanned sailing models; Energy 48 revisited; Rambler Yachts; and Gougeon buys Entropy.

92  Parting Shot
by Nigel Calder
A new UL standard limiting CO emissions from portable generators makes them safer but not foolproof for supplementary marine use.


85  New Products and Processes

86  Connections

88  Classified Advertising

91  Index to Advertisers