Professional BoatBuilder Issue No. 154

April/May 2015 — Table of Contents

Professional BoatBuilder cover 154On the cover: A rigging crew at Newport Shipyard installs modern fiber stays from Future Fibres on the 147.1′ (44.8m) Baltic sloop Visione in 2005. Rapid evolution and innovation in fiber rigging materials and production technologies during the past decade have delivered such lightweight, high-strength rigging as affordable options on more modest cruising and racing boats. Story on page 48.

Photograph by Billy Black.


Refrigerant gaugesSteve D’Antonio

Refilling refrigerant. Page 28.

28 Refrigerant Roulette
by Nigel Calder
With refrigerant R-12 dead, and R-134a’s future uncertain, service techs and boat owners can’t afford to ignore the changing regulations.

Racing boatsJohn Spodero

Designs of Alan Andrews. Page 36.

36 By the Rules
by Dan Spurr
California yacht designer Alan Andrews creates race-winning boats that exploit the rating rules of the day.

Fiber riggingCourtesy Navtec

Fiber rigging revolution. Page 48.

48 High Fiber
by John Marples
Modern fiber rigging is no longer exclusive to superyachts and ocean racers.

Building boats to standardsMike Telleria

Building to standards. Page 56.

56 Navigating a Sea of Standards
by Mike Telleria
A “standards guy” explains how to ease the pain of compliance when building boats for the world market.


4 Letters, Etc.
Readers comment on water heaters; a pedal boat transmission; AluPEX; propane lockers; parallel batteries; Windward Passage builder Carl Chapman; Fuji rudder repairs; and the definition of a green hybrid.

12 Rovings
compiled by Dan Spurr
Slane Marine’s new 62′ (19m) sportfisherman; Westlawn 2.0; a visit to Steiner-Optik; Carl Cramer’s Live! project; eight bells, David Parker; the proprietary Hull Vane; a new wing-in-ground craft; the Dibber; Brownell’s portable hydraulic boat jack; and wheat-starch blast media.

22 Practical Solutions
by Reuel B. Parker
With an eye to real-world shop conditions, a custom boat builder approaches efficient varnishing a bit differently.

80 Parting Shot
by Kiko Villalon
A giant of modern boatbuilding shares marine-maintenance folk wisdom from his youth in Cuba.


72 New Products and Processes

73 Connections

77 Classified Advertising

79 Index to Advertisers