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Boatbuilding Down East:
How Lobsterboats Are Built

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by Royal Lowell

Our uncle Royal Lowell wrote this popular guide to building lobster-style hulls in 1977. It is now in its fourth printing, through Wooden Boat Publications in Brooklin, Maine. One of the few books describing the Maine lobster-style boat, it is considered the authoritative source for boatbuilders in this genre. Great detail is given to all stages of construction, from stem to stern.

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From the publisher:
Royal has combined his own special design and construction know-how in this first-class detailed "How To" book on wooden boat-building. Nothing is left to chance. Whether it's mold and pattern making or the chapters on framing and planking, the instructions are clear, understandable, and concise. The abundant use of photos and well-executed detailed drawings add immeasurably to the text. The expanded glossary includes a bonus of new detailed designs not found in the first edition. Royal was truly a master builder, designer, and teacher. This book, a testimonial to his brilliance, contains a wealth of boatbuilding instruction and enjoyable reading for present and future generations.


To order boat plans from this book, or other Royal Lowell boat plans, please contact Royal's son William Lowell at 207-353-9503.