NavQuest – Marine Navigation Made Easyâ„¢

>>> NavQuest – Marine Navigation Made Easyâ„¢

Billed as the "Home of Online Marine Trip Planning" this is an interesting site with various boating, scuba and even user uploaded videos and photos. They have lots of navigation "stuff" with interactive charts and other resources that are worth a look. Its not a full navigation suite, but for some route planning and dreaming, it might be just the thing.

The Coastal Passage

>>> The Coastal Passage

A nifty web site from "down under", The Coastal Passage is a nice combination of web page, build log and online magazine. News stories, information and all manner of links are available.

Of special interest to me is the build log of the editor. He’s building a composite catamaran. A different building style than what I’m doing, but very interesting.

Mundoo Mailing List

>>> Mundoo Mailing List

Brian Lowe made a recent comment pointing out that he has started a Mundoo mailing list on Yahoo. If you are interested in these interesting boats, or other similar designs, you might want to join up!

I strongly considered the Mundoo design for my build. The fact that they already have an electric model “working” really enticed me. There are some pro’s and con’s between those boats and the V28 I’m building, for my uses, but please take a look.

Floating Origami

>>> Floating Origami

Our friend Benjy over at WoodenWidget has scored another good writeup about his Origami Dinghy. George Delozier, a regular blogger on has provided details on the Dinghy along with several pictures. is a neat site covering "the latest inventions, innovations and interesting ideas?"

One thing I didn’t know is that Benjy and WoodenWidget has started sponsoring a "tree planting" program. For every set of plans you buy, a tree will be planted in Benwickshire, Scotland. I think this is really a slick idea. We boat builders tend to use a fair amount of wood, and rely on its availability. Wood is a great, renewable natural resource, as long as its managed and replanted. So buy a plan, build a boat and get a new tree in the bargain.

Pirates and Privateers

>>> Pirates and Privateers

The History of Maritime Piracy

Cindy Vallar, Editor & Reviewer


Pirates & Privateers began in 2000 as a monthly column with an article on Jean Laffite and a list of recommended pirate web sites. Since then, it has grown beyond my wildest dreams, and now includes book reviews and pirate adventures, as well as a newsletter that includes the latest pirate-related news and information. I thank you for your visit and your support.

Within these pages, you’ll find articles on all aspects of maritime piracy from ancient times to modern day. Pirate Links is an annotated list of the best web sites that specialize in piracy and life at sea in the Age of Sail. The Bookaneer pages house the reviews on the latest fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults. Other highlights include specialized bibliographies, piratical places to visit, pirate dates in history, piracy quotes, and information about The Rebel and the Spy, my current novel-in-progress that started me on the path of piracy.

An interesting set of pages to look over if the history of the more nefarious sides of life at sea interests you. We probably all grew up with pirates in our stories (Peter Pan?)… wonder how many of us can trace our love for boating back to early stories of ships and other "pirate lore"?