Back Yard Yacht Builders Association

>>> Back Yard Yacht Builders Association

Back Yard Yacht Builders Association

We are a group of individuals dedicated to promoting the fun and reward found in building and sailing wooden boats. There is something especially rewarding about experiencing a beautiful and unique boat o­n the water knowing you built it with your own two hands. The breadth of our membership ranges from Senior Citizens to 10 year old Captains all building or sailing boats that they have built.

Nice sounding group with an active forum. Originally dedicated to designs offered by Stevenson Projects, but has branched to include builders of any design.

Ships Nostalgia

>>> Ships Nostalgia

Here’s you a site that seems guaranteed to spend hours on. Even if you aren’t into ships, if you are boating anywhere except land-locked lakes, it is probably a good idea to be familiar with their viewpoint of the waterways. Share the road!

Welcome to Ships Nostalgia, the world’s greatest online community for people worldwide with an interest in ships and shipping. Whether you are crew, ex-crew, ship enthusiasts or cruisers, this is the forum for you. And what’s more, it’s completely FREE.

Inshore Power Boats

>>> Inshore Power Boats


Interesting looking little boat. They seem to have quite the active users/owners forum.

Inshore Power Boats is pleased to bring you a NEW choice in the affordable boat market. Now you can have a fully vacuum infused & fully finished interior without the UGLY splatter-coat ,resin rich chopper gun finish found on other boats in this class…

There’s a reason we’re here and it’s simple. Inshore Power Boats is offering you MORE for LESS! It’s that simple.

DIY Machine Tools

>>> DIY Machine Tools

If you are doing something as big as building a boat, you are probably at least somewhat "handy" and are comfortable working with your hands. Many of us are limited in our resources and would love to do more involved work with metal (or wood), but are lacking tools.

A machine shop is often a droolworthy place for a boat builder. We wish we could just machine up that fitting we need and can envision in our head. Well, now you can build your own machine shop.


Pat Delany has spent several years figuring out the basics of how to take easily obtainable, already machined parts (mostly things like junk engine blocks from cars) and fitting them together to create machine tools. There is a thriving Yahoo Group with members suggesting additions and furthering the design.

Make sure and check the files section for the detailed PDF on how this all works, and the photos section is chock full of other creations by some talented people.

Mad Marinerâ„¢ magazine

>>> Mad Marinerâ„¢ magazine

To make sure that my relationship is obvious, I am a paid contributor to Mad Marinerâ„¢. I value my relationship with them, but I will do my best to maintain editorial integrity with any dealings. The management at Mad Marinerâ„¢ seems to have similar goals. My opinions are my own, not the editors’ or advertisers’ of this site or Mad Marinerâ„¢.

Mad Marinerâ„¢ is a world-class boating magazine, filled with fantastic journeys, dream boats, expert advice and honest reviews. But this journal arrives on your desktop, not your doorstep – and it shows up every single day.

Mad Marinerâ„¢ is an online/electronic magazine that has been starting up over the last couple of months. They aim to publish new articles each day and so far there have been some really interesting reads.

 A recent sampling includes:

A recent highly popular article discussed the "falling boat" pictures of a new Carver falling out of a sling into the water that you may have seen around on the net. A Mad Marinerâ„¢ author tracked down the real story (yes, it happened) and published details.

Forums are available to discuss articles and general boating "things". Often the article authors jump in with comments. A few blogs are being published, including your’s truly with my V28 build. I plan to continue my "day-to-day" postings here on Craft A Craft including blog entries and various build details. A more polished, less frequently updated version will run on Mad Marinerâ„¢.

I do have a detailed history of the background of choosing my V28 to build in the First-Time Boat Builder Begins article. Long-time Craft A Craft readers have seen most of this here before, just scattered out and not as nicely presented.

Some articles are available for free, while others require a subscription. Currently limited time trial subscriptions are available for no cost, so you can try them out!


Here’s another nice site with a link directory, forums, galleries and various news items. Worth a read., or messing as our youngest skippers call it, is an active community of amateur boat builders from 6 to … well, older than 6. We encourage active participation in our Forums, which are the life-blood of the site.

Many builders take advantage of our free Gallery, where they can post pictures of their boat project absolutely free. Our departments include articles about specific boats, building techniques, or other items of interest to the amateur boat builder. Don’t miss our unique Gaff Rig Page for the most information about gaff rigs on the ‘net today!

The Hull Truth – Boating and Fishing forums

>>> The Hull Truth – Boating and Fishing forums

THE HULL TRUTH is the world’s largest FREE network for the discussion of Boating & Fishing. Whether you’re researching a new boat, or are a seasoned Captain, you’ll find The Hull Truth Boating & Fishing Message Forum contains a wealth of information from Boaters and Sportfishermen around the world.

A busy boating and fishing forum with lots of traffic and posts… worth checking out if you’re looking for information or just to get your boating fix.

There are forums for various general and specific boating and fishing topics, regional areas, and various marine vendor forums.