Synopses & Reviews
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 40 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
"The author considers all the pitfalls which can compromise a [fiberglass] hull...Futher chapters consider the maintenance regime of which owners need to be aware, together with identifying and dealing with damage and aging. A final short chapter is devoted to the vexed question of how to dispose of an unwanted GRP boat....The book is amply illustrated with drawings, photographs and tables, and contains just about everything that the owner of a fiberglass boat would wish to know, while being written in language which most of us should be able to understand...It does its job extremely well."—Nautical Magazine "Deliberately non-technical guide and a source of reference for anyone wanting practical advise on working with GRP...First published 40 years ago and has become a firm favorite...Each section has useful illustrations and pictures, making things simple to understand and easy to put into practice...The author has spent a lifetime working with fiberglass. He was one of the pioneers over fifty years ago with the material.—Maritime Journal
an invaluable source of reference for anyone wanting practical advice.
First published forty years ago, this valuable reference work is written in a non-technical style with practical advice on working with fiberglass to make repairs and improvements correctly to extend the life of your boat. It explains the peculiar nature of fiberglass, 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.
About the Author
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.