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Bevin’s Guide to Boat Building Math

By Joe Youcha

Bevin’s Guide to Boat Building Math


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ISBN: 978-0-9975226-5-5    •    Format: Paperback, PDF ebook    •    Page Count: 64    •    Size: 8.5 x 11

A shop dog who’s seen hundreds of boats built, Bevin presents math as a building tool. Based around building a scale model of Bevin’s Skiff, this book ties to its companion book, Afternoons in the Boatshop, where Emma and Bill build a full-sized version of the boat.

The projects and exercises in this book focus on the skills of organization, numbers sense, mental math, and fractions, as well as understanding the application of the math. These skills lead to success in using math, whether it’s in the shop, in a classroom, or in everyday life.

“The Bevin’s Guide to Boat Building Math is an excellent resource for both students and staff. It has enhanced the building process through clear explanation of the applied math. I don’t know how I would teach without it!”

-Kyle Godfrey, Career and Technical Education Teacher, George Washington Middle School, Alexandria, VA

“Despite being an engineer, math never came easy for me and I found it a terrible drag. Looking back, I’m convinced that the absence of anything immediate and useful to apply it to just took the punch right out of it. Trying to build a boat that is both useful and immediate should spark things up, giving kids genuine problems that only mathematics can solve. If Bevin, the dog, has figured things out using math, maybe the kids who follow his lead can learn to throw numbers around and revel in the process.”

-Maynard Bray, Maritime Historian, Wooden Boat Author, Technical Editor WoodenBoat Magazine

“I met Bevin when I first started working in the ASF boat shop. Joe thought Bevin was his dog but the fact was he was everyone’s dog, just as much as the smells of cedar shavings and turpentine.  Bevin was always there watching with patience and friendliness and was a calming inspiration to us all, especially the young men and women apprentices growing into the real world of adulthood. It is a fitting tribute that Bevin’s Skiff continues his legacy to help teach and inspire the youth of today.”

-Larry Sadler, Engineer, Senior Volunteer Boat Building Instructor, Alexandria Seaport Foundation

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$19.95 Paperback, $9.95 ebook


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