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Fishing boat construction: 4 - Building an undecked fibreglass reinforced plastic boat










Anmarkrud, T. Fishing boat construction: 4. Building an undecked fibreglass reinforced plastic boat. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper. No. 507. Rome, FAO. 2009. 70p.


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