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Maritime Resources

Amateurs can experience building a boat the same way professionals do. Avid boat lovers can build anything from a small model boat all the way up to a beautiful house boat. There are many resources available to help you set sail, whether you’d constructing your own boat or plan on joining a friend on the high seas.

Boat Building

  • Community of boat builders: Find out everything you want to know from the History to the latest advancements in boats.
  • Amateur boat builder: Kits that allow boat enthusiasts to build their own boat and save money.
  • BoatBuilding.net: Workshops are offered by a gifted instructor to help learn the process of building a great boat.
  • Boat Building Methods: Tips and tricks on building boats with various materials, from plywood to fiberglass.
  • Boatbuilding Books: A great list of books on how to build boats and the best ways to construct them.

Boat Design and Plans

  • Free Boat Design Resources: Boat designs that are free, plus how-to articles. There is even stuff for amateurs.
  • BoatDesign.net: Designs available for power and sailing. Build anything from an aluminum boat to a house boat.
  • Boat and Yacht plans: Won an award at the wooden box show. Numerous information for boat and yacht plans.

Glossaries & Dictionaries

  • Schooner Vocabulary: Dictionary of (boating terms) which includes: Naval, ships, seafaring, schooner, and sailing.
  • Maritime Glossary: All of the boating terminology is listed from a-to-z.
  • Boat Stats: This glossary will assist in the understanding of different boating terms.
  • Boating Basics: A list compiled of all of the necessary needed boating terms.

Seamanship & Safety

  • The Master’s Series: A digital magazine with helpful information to keep everyone safe.
  • Boat Links: A compiled list of all safety information for any kind of boat out there.
  • Boat Donations: A well-versed mariner knows when it’s time to donate the old boat and start building a new one.
  • Textbook of Seamanship: Originally written in 1891, this sail textbook outlines all aspects of seamanship from knot tying to sailing in a storm.

Weather & Tides

  • National Weather Service Marine Forecasts: Provides forecasts for all major port locations.
  • Marina Life: Enter the zip code of the sailing point and information will appear regarding the weather and tides of that area.
  • Mukilteo: Resources and links pertaining to safety of weather and tides and current weather information.
  • YBW: Updated information that shows wind velocity and weather planner.

Lighthouses & Lightships

  • The Huron Lightship: A lightship that floats. Originally launched in 1920 this lightship has a bright light at the top of her mast.
  • Lighthouse Directory: A directory of over 10,000 lighthouses around the world.
  • Lighthouse Society: Surviving Historic Lightships in America. There are only seventeen left, which are housed in private hands or Museums.
  • Lighthouse Theme Page: Wonderful collection of lighthouse resources.

Magazines & Periodicals

  • Ware Seeker: Free downloaded classic boating magazine.
  • Blue Water: A list of International magazines and links to them for downloading.
  • Cruising: An online catalog of a wide array of boating publications.
  • Boating Life: A magazine for recreational boat fanatics.
  • Professional Mariner: A journal for employees of the maritime industry.
  • Boating Magazine: One of the largest powerboat magazines out there.

Privateers, Vikings, and Pirates

  • Piracy: Included is the History of Maritime piracy dating back hundreds of years.
  • Time Turk: Information pertaining to today’s pirates in the ‘Golden Age’.
  • Pirate Dictionary: Definitions of everything needed to know about pirates.
  • The Vikings: A great PBS site dedicated to the history and legend behind the Vikings.

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