DIY ourself Wooden Boat

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

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

Spend less time searching for the information you need.

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

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    Anchoring techniques, best practices to ensure the safety of you and your boat, and how to retrieve a snagged hook.

  • Anchor Types

    Anchor types, how to choose the type, size and style of ground tackle, chain and rode to anchor your boat safely.

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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.

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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