Boat Building Related Sites
US Census Report on Boat Building
Boat Building . com A site for amateur boat builders.
Marine Research Tunnel Boat & Powerboat Design - Sharing
Secrets of Tunnel Boat Design (book), Tunnel Boat Design Program
software. Tunnel boat design book,computer design software, for
high performance tunnel boats, catamarans, F1 boats, race boats
Engineered Wood Association.
http://www.apawood.org/ Was the American Plywood Association.
A lot of good info on using plywood. "The Leading resource for
information about engineered wood products"
Boat Builder Tips For Amateurs By Dudley Dix.
A Blog for boat builders by one of the most noted designers and
boat builders of this era.
Yard Boat Builders Group (Yahoo) George Buehlers Yahoo Group
Yard Boat Builders Group 2 (yahoo) Inspired by George
Buehler and his method of building boats
Materials A wikipedia page on different boat building
materials. Good Info. Under construction. More to come.
Projects (DIY Projects) by Maine Sailing Good DIY Projects.
The Center For
Wooden Boats in Seattle WA: To provide a gathering place
where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and
our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along
to future generations.
Sense Boat Building You can build a better boat
than you can buy.
CRAFT Boat design, home building and cruising in a nutshell.
Design Software Hull modeling with subdivision
Glast Learning Center featuring how-to brochures
on fiberglass repair, composite repair, gel coat
troubleshooting, mold construction, vacuum bagging techniques and much more
(Delft) Tutorial Group A yahoo Group to share info on FreeShip
Buehler Yacht Design Cruising Power and Sailing Designs
The Mother of All
Maritime Links John's
Nautical and Boatbuilding Page A lot of good information,
links, books, etc. Pages on plywood boat building and more.
BOAT BUILDING INDUSTRY HOME PAGE This site is intended for
the use of those employed in the recreational power boat
building industry. Primarily for those in high volume boat
building companies, drive manufacturing companies, and boat
dealers. Individual power boaters, sail boaters, and others are
welcome, however our content and focus will always be on those
employed in the recreational power boat building industry.
Devlin: Devlin Designing Boat Builders. I have been a
staunch pioneer and advocate of -- “Stitch and Glue”
Boatbuilders There is some very good information
on this site about wood construction and cold molding.
3D Design Software a simple but powerful tool
for easily creating, viewing and modifying 3D ideas
for Boat Design a simple, interactive, visual 3-d hull
design Windows program for modeling and developing
panels for plywood or metal chine construction
What you always wanted to know about steel boat building
Complete system of epoxy resin and hardeners,
dispensers, fillers, additives, reinforcing materials,
application tools and instructional publications
Of Ferro-Cement Boats This site is
devoted to the promotion of Ferroboats
as well as a base for all matters Ferro in
the boating world.
Carbon Monoxide Related Problems
On Carbon Monoxide
Monoxide Warning Pamphlet
Carbon Monoxide Poisonings on Lake Powell --- Arizona and Utah,
2000 : Center for Disease Control
Monoxide Pamphlet Boating Sidekicks
Monoxide Alert David Pascoe-Yacht Survey.com
Information On Carbon Monoxide From ABYC.
Standards. Look for: TH-22 EDUCATIONAL
INFORMATION ABOUT CARBON MONOXIDE.
Carbon Monoxide in the Home(thanks
to Amy and Ryan)
Carbon Monoxide Information from JMAC;
(Thanks to Brenda at Verona Public Library.)
Corrosion on Boats Moved to
Lightning Protection Moved
Rhode Island University Studies Abstracts Can be purchased
BLISTERS & LAMINATE HYDROLYSIS by Craig
Bumgarner Updated April 9th, 2003
Patent Storm on Osmotic Blisters
Boat Building Associations and Societies International
Australian Marine Industries Federation
BIA - Boating Industry Association Victoria - News
Maritime New Zealand - Recreational
Maritime Safety agencies, Marine safety organisations, Links to maritime
safety related websites
National Marine Safety Committee
Japan Boating Industry Assoc (in english)
No longer supported by DelftShip
Hull form software some free some not.
Naval Architecture Distance Learning Schools
On-Line Naval Architecture Degrees
E Navales: In Spanish but can be translated
with Google translator.
specialized scientific and technical information in the field of
engineering and naval architecture, etc
Boat Building Associations and Societies USA and Canada
Boat and Yacht Council ABYC develops the voluntary
consensus safety standards for the design, construction,
equipage, maintenance and repair of small craft. Often, ABYC is
the only source of standards for many aspects of the marine
industry. The development of uniform standards is the basis for
industry-wide comparisons of products and performance. ABYC is
also a principal source for the development of international
standards, by acting as the administrator for a Technical
Advisory Group which writes standards for the marine industry
Association Of Marine Technicians Dedicated to the support of all marine technicians by helping
improve the technician’s career opportunities
Manufacturers Association The National Marine Manufacturers
Association (NMMA) is the marine industry's largest trade
organization, providing a wide variety of programs and services
tailored to the needs of member companies, including: Technical
expertise, Standards monitoring, Government relations advocation,
American Small Manufacturers Coalition
American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC) is a trade
association of manufacturing extension agents whom work to improve
the innovation and productivity of America's manufacturing
community. ASMC advocates for legislative and programmatic resources that
allow our small manufacturing clients to better compete in the
global marketplace. The Coalition and its members do this by
increasing awareness of the importance of American small
manufacturers, the challenges which they face, and the federal
legislation and programs which affect them.
Marine Manufacturers Association -Association Canadienne Des
Manufacturiers de Produits Nautiques The Canadian
version of NMMA.
Builders and Repairers Assoc ABBRA, founded in 1943, serves
to strengthen and to encourage the professionalism of the marine
service industry through the sharing of knowledge and the search
for solutions to common problems.
Boat Builders, Inc. (IBBI) was formed as a marine
purchasing cooperative in 1989 by a group of independent,
recreational boat builders. IBBI has maintained strict
standards for membership, and today, we have 22, highly-regarded
shareholders, each recognized in the industry for their
top-quality boats, their integrity, and their financial
Association (ABA) http://www.ababoats.com/ The roster of
membership in the American Boatbuilders Association (ABA) is an
industry Who's Who of strong, privately held, boat manufacturing
companies. Since 1992, the group's aim through collective buying
power is to obtain the highest quality materials at the lowest
possible cost. ABA is all about leveraging purchasing power. This
alliance brings the united voice of a prestigious group of
independent boat manufactures to the table. In the aggregate, The
ABA Group ranks second in retail market share, only behind
Brunswick Corp. With annual boat sales over $1 billion, and
material purchases of approximately $600 million, ABA Boat
Builders represent a strong growth opportunity for Suppliers.
Boat and Yacht Designers (SBYD) The Society of Boat and
Yacht Designers is an organization of designers, engineers,
boatbuilders, surveyors, and others interested in the design and
construction of small craft -- sail and power yachts, as well as
small commercial vessels. The goal of the Society is to provide
a forum for the exchange of ideas and information relative to
the small craft marine industry, through meetings, tours,
seminars, and publications.
of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers: SNAME is a
non-profit, tax-exempt, professional association dedicated to
advancing the art, science, and practice of naval architecture
and marine engineering by: providing facilities for the exchange
of information and ideas, disseminating the results of research,
experience and information among the members, cooperating with
educational institutions, promoting the professional integrity
and status of members.
Power Boat Symposium Sponsored by SNAME. A symposium on power boat design.
Traditional Small Craft Association The Traditional Small
Craft Association, Inc., is a nonprofit, tax-exempt educational
organization which works to preserve and continue the living
traditions, skills, lore, and legends surrounding working and
pleasure watercraft whose origins predate the marine gasoline
engine. It encourages the design, construction, and use of these
boats, and it embraces contemporary variants and adaptations of
Promote the technical marine electronics dealer through education,
communication, training and certification. Strengthen the
industry’s reputation in the marketplace through industry
standards and recognition of excellence. Promote good business
management and fair business practices among its members.
Encourage the industry to hire highly skilled and qualified
technical service personnel. Educate the boating public
through publications and seminars to promote the safe and proper
use of marine electronic equipment
Metal Boat Society The Metal Boat Society is a non-profit
educational society, incorporated under the laws of Washington
State, USA. Its purpose is to provide, through its magazine, the
Metal Boat Quarterly, and this website, an opportunity for metal
boat enthusiasts to obtain information that will assist them
with their boats, whether in the planning, building, fitting,
re-fitting, repair or maintenance stage.
Classic Boat Society: Since its founding in 1975 on the
shores of Lake George, New York, The Antique and Classic Boat
Society, Inc. (ACBS) has grown into the largest society in the
world dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of historic,
antique and classic boats. ACBS brings people with this common
interest together to share fellowship, information, experiences
Boat Foundation The Wooden Boat Foundation, founded 1978 and
integrated with the Northwest Maritime Center in March 2005, now
"Pulling Together" for the Wooden Boat Festival and
for future generations.
Amateur Yacht Research Society The AYRS is a UK registered
Educational Charity (No 234081) dedicated to finding out how to
make yachting better (faster, more fun, whatever you want it to
be). Our members run from sober sided professional yacht
designers and builders to bearded eccentrics full of ideas that
they cannot make work. From our members have come the modern
sailing multihulls, self-steering gear, sailboards, a flock of
successful sailing hydrofoils, the World Speed Sailing Record
system, etc. etc.
Boat Builders Association NSBA Members build and
repair custom or semi-custom boats for long or short-term
pleasure cruising, sail or power; commercial or sport fishing;
and fast patrol boats - in fibreglass, steel, aluminum, or
Council Of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA)
ICOMIA has been the focal point of the world’s recreational
boating industry since 1965. The site brings together a number
of resources useful to any one wishing to know more about the
boating industry throughout the world. ICOMIA’s multiple
committees address all the issues challenging our industry and
benefit from our truly global membership.
Wooden Boat Rescue Foundation The
Wooden Boat Rescue Foundation is dedicated to placement, saving,
locating, researching, wishing, learning and dreaming of
Wooden Boat Society
The Vancouver Wooden Boat Society is a non profit society
composed of Wooden Boat owners and anyone who has an interest in
all things to do with wooden boats. The Purposes of the Society
are to promote, encourage and facilitate interest in wooden
boats and any and all activities involving and related to wooden
Boat Builders Trade Association (UK). run by boat builders to
promote high quality craftsmanship in the wooden boat building
For Boat Builders:
Calder's Cruising Handbook: A Compendium for Coastal and Offshore Sailors
For cruising sailors, cruise dreamers, coastal sailors, and
weekend sailors, these books are a must have. You may select a
book from the list to read an in depth description of content.
USCG Compliance Guidelines Published by ABYC
System Compliance Guideline
Loading and Powering Compliance Guideline
ABYC has many books available on boat building.
Publications has an on-line Book Store
Even eBay has many books on boat building.
Mechanical and Electrical Manual:
by Nigel Calder. This is an excellent manual covering
many of the systems on boats, everything from electrical to fuel
systems, galleys, heads, etc. A must have for maintenance. (See
ad to the left)
Diesel Engines: Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair
Another excellent book by Nigel Calder covering everything you
need to know about diesel engines. Both are available at major
book stores, or from Amazon (click on link above). If you own a
small marine diesel engine that you depend on - at least
occasionally - this book was written for you. A very
comprehensive guide to diesel installations.
Guide to Electrical Systems, Second Edition
Ed Sherman, Published 2000, by Boating Magazine (See ad to the left)
Illustrated Handbook of Wiring:
Charlie Wing, Published 1993 by McGraw Hill
Boat's Electrical System: Manual of Electrical and Electronic
Conrad Miller, Elbert S. Maloney, Published 1988 by Hearst Marine Books
Don Casey, 1999 International Marine(See ad to the left)
Boat Building: From Bare Hull to Launching:
Thomas Colvin, International Marine Publications 1986 (used)
The Steel Hull, by Roger McAfee. Published
by R. McAfee. © 2001, R. McAfee. Available through the Metal
Boat Society or from Robert Hale & Co. Inc., Bellevue WA, 1-800-733-5330
with Steel, Gilbert C. Klingel, International Marine
Complete Guide to Metal Boats, Bruce Robers
International Marine Publishing
Buehlers Backyard Boat Building, George Buehler, International
Marine Publishing 1991
Propeller Handbook: The Complete Reference for Choosing,
Installing, and Understanding Boat Propellers,
David Gerr, International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press 1st edition (June 11, 2001)
Corrosion in Boats 2nd
Ed. Nigel Warren
by A & C Black publishers. 1998
Boat building With Plywood by Glen L Witt NA 1989 3rd Ed.
Ply On Frame Boat By Jeff Spira. FREE on line
book in PDF format. An illustrated guide for building a
Spira International. This a is a basic manual for building a Spira
but the techniques shown apply to almost any small plywood on
Books For Designers
of Yacht Design
by Lars Larsson and Rolf E Eliasson. International Marine, 1994.
A very good comprehensive text on yacht design. It is modern and
up to date. It introduces not only all the basic elements, but
use of Computer Aided Design as well. However, if deals only
with sailing yachts, although some of the basic principles are
the same for both power and sail. It is written in a way that
both the professional and amateur can use this book.
Elements of Yacht Design 8th Edition
by Kinney, Published by Dodd and Mead. I do not know when the
last edition was published, but this is the granddaddy and the
bible for designers. Some of the information is out of date but
the basics are all there. This book should be on every
designers book shelf.
Elements of Boat Strength: For Builders, Designers, and Owners
by David Gerr, International Marine 1999
Nature of Boats: Insights and Esoterica for the Nautically Obsessed,
By David Gerr, International Marine 1995
Mechanical Systems Handbook: Dave Gerr, International
The Gougeon Brothers on Boat
Construction (Free download in PDF format) This
book has been an invaluable guide for many years but is now
available free as a PDF.
Web Sites of Interest to Designers
Advanced Marine Vehicles
History and Parts of a Submarine
Trimaran and Catamaran Designs Farrier Marine
International Journal of Marine Design
BoatBuilder magazine is written and edited for boat builders,
repairers, designers, and surveyors. It focuses on materials,
design, and construction techniques and repair solutions chosen
by marine professionals. Regular technical articles provide
detailed, real-world examples to improve the efficiency and
quality of their work. Professional BoatBuilder has an audited
circulation of 23,000 readers, worldwide.
Industry Online For more than 75 years, all those serious
about the business of boating have turned to Boating
Industry magazine—the most authoritative voice of the
marine market—for strategic analysis, in-depth coverage and
proprietary research of the day’s most critical issues.
Yacht An on-line magazine about classic yachts.
News Guide to Sailing and Cruising
Stories. A collection of personal accounts by sail and
motor boat cruisers.
Old Boat The Sailing Magazine for the rest of us. For boat
owners who work or live on their own boats.
Owner The Marine Maintenance Magazine. For boat owners who
like to work on their own boats.
Magazine The on line magazine for amateur boat builders.
Craft Magazine Better Boats and Boat Building.
Performance Boats Magazine
- Speed boat videos, galleries, forums, performance evaluations and more.
Magazine The family magazine for the American houseboater.
Magazine For wood boat enthusiasts and builders.
Amateur Boatbuilder Magazine an Australian-based
specialist publication devoted exclusively to amateur
enthusiasts - monohulls, kayaks, multihulls, offshore,
off-the-beach, power, racing and cruising.
PassageMaker focuses on the
realities of cruising and voyaging.
We will document
the preparations necessary for traveling and
aboard, and how to deal with any number of practical
often non-marine issues. We want to assist you
in making your
cruising plans attainable, affordable,
Sailor Reviews and critiques of sailboats
Trade Only (Soundings) News for the boating industry
On-Line Boating news.
Get these magazines and more at:
Boating Industry News Sites
Boat Building News
Boating Industry http://www.boating-industry.com/
Boating Industry News
NMMA News http://www.nmma.org/
Trade Only (Soundings)
The Super Yacht Times
Newboatbuilders.com Boat Building News Blog
Boating Industry Data and Statistics
Statistical Surveys, Inc. Statistical Surveys is the leading
provider of market data solutions for the Marine, Manufactured
Housing, RV-Motorized, and RV-Towable Industries.
Owner Manuals, Maintenance
Manuals, Service Bulletins.
Jamestown Distributors How Tos
Ken Cook Company
Outboard Owners Manuals Online
Yamaha Outboard Manuals
OMC Service Bulletins
OMC Cobra SternDrive Info
MCCK Generator Service manual
MCCK Generator Operator manual
Penta Service Bulletins
Master Tech Marine Outboard Wiring Diagrams
Marine Service Bulletins
Marine Service Bulletins
Mercruiser Service Bulletins
Yandina Installation Manuals
Mercruiser Service Manual #1. (Free PDF file)
Books Available Free On-line as
PDF or Download (cont.)
1)Naval Architects Data
2)The Ship Builder's Complete Guide: Comprehending the Theory and Practice of Naval Architecture ... (1826)
3)An investigation of some of the resistance aspects of the catamaran hull (1967)
4)Optimization of an advanced high speed hull form. (1995)
5)Prediction of sailing boat performance. (1976)
6)A parametric study of the stress distribution in a four-celled box beam model of the ASR-21 class catamaran cross-structure. (1972)
7)Catamaran wave resistance. (1971)
8)Theoretical naval architecture; a treatise on the calculations involved in naval design (1877)
9)A complete class-book of naval architecture, practical, laying off, theotrical, with numerous illustrations and almost 200 fully worked-out ansers to recent Board of education examination
Eric C. Tupper, Introduction to Naval Architecture, 4th ed., 2004.
SNAME Principles Of Naval Architecture
Web Sites Dedicated to specific Types of Boats
CANOES AND KAYAKS
Heritage Association A non-profit membership organization
devoted to preserving, studying, building, restoring, and using
wooden and bark canoes, and to disseminating information about
canoeing heritage throughout the world.
Outboards and inboards
Boating: A Family Boating Magazine: Go Boating is edited for
today's boating family. Targeted exclusively to owners of boats
in the 15 to 26 foot range, features focus on activities that
use the boat as a platform for family fun, such as boat camping,
skiing, fishing and pull-behind toys.
High Performance Boats
Dedicated to everything about high performance boats.
(See Also Pontoon Boats)
About Houseboats All About Houseboats is a must read for the Curious, New,
Beginner, or Experienced Houseboater. Filled with valuable free
Tips, Guides, Reviews, Articles, FAQ's, and all topics
related to Houseboats & Houseboating
Association: Information for the Houseboat Owner
including maintenance tips. This is not a builders site. It is
more for owners, renters, etc but it has a wealth of information
World. Another houseboating web site with information,
forums, and discussions concerning houseboats including
maintenance tips. Not a builders site. A wealth of information
Web Sites Dedicated to specific Types of Boats
Racing Power Boats
of the Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Association The Unlimited
Hydroplane Racing Association, once known as the Unlimited
Racing Commission, is the official sanctioning body of the sport
of Unlimited Hydroplane Racing.
International ok dinghy
OK Dinghy UK Index Page
Thistle Class Association
over View of the Major Sailboat Manufacturers
A site for tug boat owners.
Sailing Catamarans and other multihulls
ISAF International Sailing Federation
RORC Royal Ocean Racing Club (UK)
ORC Offshore Rating Council
The Electric Boat Association (UK)
Boat & Deck Boat Discussion Forum An
Open and Honest Pontoon and Deck Boat discussion forum
Pontoon Houseboat Odyssey A passion for pontoon houseboats.
A lot of the things we learned during our pontoon
Manitou Inc. Pontoon Boats: