FAO Fisheries Department

Fishing boat construction: building an undecked fibreglass reinforced plastic boat



In many areas of the world, finding timber to build a quality wooden boat is becoming a problem. As a result, fibreglass reinforced plastic (FRP) is beginning to be used by many wooden boatbuilders. A new FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper, Fishing boat construction: Building an undecked fibreglass reinforced plastic boat, provides boatbuilders and fishers a better understanding of how FRP acts, how to recognize fatigue problems and more serious damage, and how to carry out needed maintenance and repair. The information provided in this manual relates specifically to the production of a 4.5 m open fishing boat called the MDV-1. It is a simple, easily-driven, seaworthy boat intended for both rowing and power propulsion. Its general-purpose design is suitable for inshore waters around the world.