Granny Apple Publishing to Release 'THE ART OF WOODEN BOAT REPAIR by Allen Taube

"The Art of Wooden Boat Repair: Secret Tricks of the Trade" presents the experience and insights gained by author Allen Taube's 40 years of wooden boat building, wooden boat repair, surveying and wooden boat sailing experience.

Published by Granny Apple Publishing,, The book will make its debut at the Sunnyland ACBS Boat Festival on Lake Dora, in Mount Dora, Florida on March 22-23-24, 2013.

Taube focuses directly on major wooden boat repairs that are most important - structural repairs - beginning with the directive that a good positive attitude, organization and knowing the secret of how to make an accurate template will lead to success on all boat repair projects.

The author moves on to discuss such practical details as selecting and using the right tools; choosing the correct wood; conducting the survey; building a steam box; replacing sawn, laminated and steam-bent frames; detailed and complete step-by-step plank replacement; caulking; refastening; making floor timbers; fixing ship worm damage, and replacing stems, through-hulls, decks, masts and rigging.

He also emphasizes sustainability. Says Taube: "Repair of a wooden boat is essentially by nature a sustainable effort. Instead of throwing an old boat away and building a new one, I urge owners to repair it, save it, and sail it again."

He stresses using recycled woods, materials and fittings.

His more than 90 illustrations supplement the excellent, clearly written text. With this book the reader will feel confident to tackle the most intimidating structural wooden boat repairs.

Allen Taube is a graduate architect from the Rhode Island School of Design, a NAMS marine surveyor, a licensed 100-Ton Captain, and an independent shipwright. He has owned, restored and sailed his own wooden schooners and others for 40 years. His wide-ranging experience includes building small traditional sailboats and rebuilding large sailing craft, mostly schooners, including his current home, a traditional cruising wooden schooner built out of tide water cypress and monel nails in 1972.

His first book on wooden boat repair, "The Boatwright's Companion," published in 1986, has become the wooden boat owners' bible. His latest book, to be released this March 2013 by Granny Apple Publishing, "The Art of Wooden Boat Repair" is destined to become today's wooden boat owner's and wooden boat lover's favorite classic book.

Allen writes feature articles for Wooden Boat Magazine and Southwinds Magazine. He has sailed extensively on the Pacific, Atlantic, North Sea and Baltic oceans. He has worked as a commercial salvage diver, commerciAl Fisherman and ran tugs in British Columbia.

Mr. Taube is also an award-winning screenwriter and artist. He has saltwater in his veins and currently lives aboard his 65' wooden schooner Reef Chief in Key West , Florida and the Bahamas.

Published by Granny Apple Publishing LLC, the book will be available as a quality trade paperback in March 2013. For information about the book or to contact the author or publisher, email, or call 941-870-3422.

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