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Fishing boat construction: 2 Building a fibreglass fishing boat












Coackley, Ned. Fishing Boat Construction: 2. Building a fibreglass fishing boat. FAO Fisheries Technical Paper. No.321. Rome. FAO. 1991. 85p.


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