FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
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This manual on construction of fibreglass reinforced plastic (FRP) beach landing boats has been prepared primarily to assist small boatyards in Tamil Nadu, India that build beach landing fishing boats, but may also be used as a guide for making good quality FRP boats as well as for FRP training in the region.
The manual should be seen as a supplement to FRP boatbuilding manuals available in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and other international publications. It assumes prior knowledge of FRP hand lay-up processes and terms generally used in the industry.
Recommendations on working conditions, materials and quality control are based on tropical ambient conditions and the type of boatyards likely to build such boats.
Part I of the manual contains general information on FRP materials, handling and working conditions. Part II describes the building of a hull plug and a mould and Part III describes the building of a beach landing boat. Finally, Part IV contains information on manufacturing defects and repairs.
The manual has four annexes that provide further information related to FRP boatbuilding. Annexes 1 and 2 contain a bibliography and a glossary, respectively. All drawings for the FAO IND-30 boat design are provided in Annex 3. Finally, Annex 4 contains the draft recommended construction standards for FRP fishing vessels. These standards are a part of the FAO/ILO/IMO Safety recommendations for decked fishing vessels of less than 12 m in length and undecked fishing vessels, which are currently under development.
Part I - General Information (Download 412 kb)
Acronyms (Download 140 kb)
1 Fibreglass Reinforced PlasticPart II - Building and Plugs and Moulds (Download 583 kb)
2 Material Description and Handling
3 Workshop Facilities
4 Tools to be Used
5 Basic Laminate Building
7 Health and Safety Issues
8 Making the Hull PlugPart III - Building an FRP Beach Landing Boat (Download 659 kb)
9 Making the Mould
10 Building an FRP Beach Landing BoatPart IV - Manufacturing Defects and Repairs (Download 205 kb)
11 Manufacturing Defects
Annex 1 - Bibilography (Download 997 kb; 2.613 kb; 310 kb)
Annex 2 - Glossary
Annex 3 - Drawings
Annex 4 - FRP Construction Standards
Appendix 1 - Illustration of Terms used in the Definitions
Appendix 2 - Recommended Construction Standards for GRP Fishing Vessels