Fibreglass Boats: Construction, Gel Coat, Stressing, Blistering, Repair, Maintenance

Author(s): Hugo Du Plessis

Nautical - Boatbuilding

This masterly work will continue to be an invaluable source of reference for anyone wanting practical advice on working with GRP, in order to make repairs and improvements correctly and thus extend the life of their boat. Since it was first published 45 years ago, Hugo du Plessis' Fibreglass Boats has become a classic, relied upon by owners, surveyors and boat builders keen to understand how fibreglass behaves, and obtain practical advice on working with GRP. In a deliberately non-technical manner, he explains the peculiar nature of fibreglass, its durability, its weaknesses, where its likely to fail, the effects of use and the weather, plus the latest research into causes of the biggest worry for owners - blistering and osmosis. 'One of the most respected works on the subject...thorough and its scope is vast' Yachting Monthly 'A long-established classic' Kelvin Hughes


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This is the classic work on the subject of fibreglass, relied upon by owners and professionals keen to understand how fibreglass behaves It will equip an owner with the information needed to diagnose and treat all fibreglass problems Includes latest research into causes of the biggest worry for owners - blistering and osmosis Written in a deliberately non-technical manner so that it will appeal equally to owners, students, surveyors and boatbuilders 95% of all leisure craft today (both sail and power) are built of fibreglass

Hugo du Plessis has spent a lifetime working with fibreglass. Fifty years ago he was one of the pioneers, starting as a moulder and boatbuilder and later becoming a surveyor specialising in fibreglass. He has owned boats for over sixty years and his books have sold all around the world.

General Fields

  • : 9781408122747
  • : A & C Black Publishers Ltd
  • : Adlard Coles Nautical
  • : July 2010
  • : 246mm X 171mm X 16mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2010
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hugo Du Plessis
  • : Paperback
  • : 5th Revised edition
  • : 623.8207
  • : 312
  • : 50 b/w photos 50 line drawings plus 16 page colour photo section