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Tips, techniques and notes on Wooden Boat Building, Restoration and Maintenance

Easy to find advice and tips to make your Wooden Boat project a success and avoid some of the mistakes that I made.

Spend less time searching for the information you need.

Get started on your dream project, a boat that will always get that double-take look and be the envy of all your friends.

Over my many years of messing about in wooden boats I have built them, repaired them, and renovated them.

I'm just an ordinary guy doing it in my spare time.

So You can do it too.

  • Ropes and Rigs for Boating.

    Boating ropes and rigs, knots, sailing, line handling and line care, what all boaters need to know.

  • Knots for Sailors.

    A brief description of and how to tie some of the most useful boating knots. Including some that every boater should know.

  • Splicing Three Strand Rope.

    Splicing, tips and techniques, three strand eyes and rope ends, make your own dock lines why pay for something you can easily do yourself.

  • Whipping Boat Ropes

    Whipping marine ropes to prevent the ends fraying, how to use whipping twine to prevent rigging and yacht ropes from untwisting.

  • Marine charts for Navigation.

    Marine charts are essential for boat navigation a sea either as paper charts or electronic charts for the information the navigator must have.

  • Boat Navigation by Dead Reckoning.

    Dead reckoning, how to navigate a boat using traditional chart plotting techniques, become a safer more competent navigator

  • Compasses for boat navigation.

    A Magnetic Compass is the basic navigation instrument needed on any boat for determining direction, heading, bearing

  • Celestial Navigation, an Introduction.

    Celestial navigation basics which with GPS accuracy will improve your navigation skills, help you understand latitude, longitude, distance at sea and position lines.

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I am near the completion of my latest project the rebuilding of Mignonne.

So, I'm putting this resource together in the hopes that it will be of help to anyone else who is interested in wooden boats.

Perhaps you dream of having a Cabin cruiser big enough for your Family holidays, weekends or even to sail the world.

On the other hand perhaps you would prefer a single seated kayak to explore the wilderness.

Or, a row boat for fishing. Whether you want a canoe, a row boat or a cabin cruiser there are hundreds of styles and designs to choose from.

They are all very doable for the home builder.

Also there are many  Wood Boat Kits  available which simplify the building process for the novice.

However if you are planning that big boat it is always worth starting with a Small Boat project. 

Why not start with a tender for your bigger dream boat.

Make a good job of that and you will feel much more confident about tackling that big job.

Glorious details will develop as you consider and reconsider your dream in the light of good advice. 

Seeing what others have achieved will help keep you focused.

And there are hundreds of people out there just like you creating superb boats from environmentally friendly Wood.

PS.  Start building that boat and soon folk will be coming to you for advice and to admire Your Beautiful Wood Boat.

PPS. Got some advice you want to pass on? 

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