Boat Building

Professional BoatBuilder

Professional BoatBuilder is a trade magazine written for owners and managers of boat production, construction, and repair companies.

 Boat Resources by Make 

Chris Craft - Identify Your Wooden Runabout 

Good listing of antique Chris Craft boats with details about the models by length.

Chris Craft Antique Boat Club 

The official site of the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club.

Lyman Boat Owners Association 

A national organization for Lyman boat owners. Great tips for restoration and care.

Riva Club USA       

Riva Club USA was founded in 2001 by a group of current Riva owners who were enthusiastic about the growing numbers of Riva boats in the U.S. Our membership has been growing steadily since.


The most complete information source of Riva wooden sport boats on the internet.

Shepherd Boats    

Literature, pictures, etc. of Shepherd boats archived on this site designed and owned by the grandson of Howard Shepherd and the great-grandson of Lloyd Shepherd, founders of Shepherd Boats.

 The Thompson Dockside

For a small fee subscribe to the bi-monthly online newsletter dedicated to the preservation of Thompson Boats, and their affiliated companies.

 Boating Directories  

A comprehensive collection of online boating resources, featuring sections such as; Associations, Navigation, Plumbing, Maintenance, and much more.

Discover Boating

"The Discover Boating Program is a service of the recreational boating industry, spearheaded by the National Marine Manufacturers Association". The site features a comprehensive list of Boat Shows as well as many informative articles on topics ranging from Electricity 101 for Boaters to Distress Signals.

National Marine Manufacturers Association

The NMMA provides a schedule of boat shows mainly across North America but also globally.

Dockside Reports

Dockside Reports is an online magazine with articles on Restoration, Marine Engines, Maintenance/Repairs, Product Reviews, and so much more.

 Boat Museums

Antique Boat Museum   

"Preserving the boats, engines and artifacts, the people and skills that developed them and their influence on life along the St. Lawrence River." Located in Clayton, New York in the Thousand Islands.

National Maritime Museum

The largest maritime museum in the world covering every aspect of ships and seafaring, in peace and at war, from pre-history to today. The Museum promotes understanding of the history and future of Britain and the sea, the story of time, astronomy and navigation, and of the historic buildings at Greenwich.

 The Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats located in Seattle, WA is a maritime museum where history comes alive. Visitors are invited to see, touch and use the exhibits. Our exhibits are not in glass cases to be only looked at, they are on the water to be touched and used. Our resources include more than 100 historically significant boats and staff and volunteers with maritime and teaching skills who pass on their knowledge for new generations to treasure and enjoy.

 Boating Organizations & Boating Associations

Antique and Classic Boat Society

The Antique and Classic Boat Society, Inc. (ACBS) is the largest society in the world dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of historic, antique and classic boats.

Antique Outboard Motor Club (AOMCI)

Very comprehensive site for enthusiasts of antique outboard motors.

 The Wooden Canoe Heritage Association, Ltd.

A non-profit membership association devoted to preserving, studying, building, restoring and using wood-canvas, cedar strip and birchbark canoes, and to disseminating information about canoeing heritage in North America.

 Boating Safety & First Aid

Boat U.S. Foundation 

This is the Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water. Take an online boating safety course or order free boating safety brochures for adults and kids. Read results of tests on safety equipment to help you properly equip your boat. Recent "Foundation Findings" have focused on fire extinguishers, life jackets, personal watercraft, anchors, and visual distress signals.

Boating Safety Sidekicks

A fun site that teaches kids all about boating safety. Brought to you by the National Safe Boating Council.


Canadian Coast Guard 

"The CCG will ensure the safe and environmentally responsible use of Canada's waters, support understanding and management of oceans resources, facilitate the use of our waters for shipping, recreation and fishing, and provide marine expertise in support of Canada's domestic and international interests."

National Safe Boating Council (NSBC)

The National Safe Boating Council is the foremost coalition for the advancement and promotion of safer boating through education. (American and Canadian)

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary - Vessel Safety Check 

The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers free safety checks to boaters who wish to be sure that their boats meet all federal and state requirements. Read a comprehensive explanation of each item included in a Vessel Safety Check and determine whether your boat would meet the criteria.

U.S. Coast Guard - Office of Boating Safety

Learn how to keep your boating experiences safe by reading various publications, regulations, safety equipment lists etc.

United States Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard "web site reflects a commitment to provide our global partners and American citizens with easy and timely access to accurate and essential maritime information and services."


 Weather & Tides Information For Boating

Maine Harbors

"Individual monthly Tide Charts for 150 Harbors from Eastport, ME to Greenwich, CT "

The National Weather Service

Marine charts online brought to you by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Weather Channel

The Weather Channel "features current conditions and forecasts for over 1,700 cities world wide, along with local and regional radars."

The Weather Network - Marine Forecasts


FEATURED "How to" BOATING Resources

Boating With Dawsons  - Excellent resource from a seasoned boating couple who have been pioneers in the boating industry. Must read newsletter & books with information you will not find anywhere else, including How To Buy A Boat and First Mate 101.

How to Buy a Boat

  • How to benefit from the incredible hidden opportunities at a boat show and not come off as an amateur.
  • How to watch out for the little known secrets salespeople use to demo a boat so that weaknesses don't show. Learn how to demo it yourself!
  • The truth about buying used boats and when buying used makes a lot of sense.
  • How to make sure you're not overpaying for electronics.
  • The correct way to use your bank when buying a boat.
  • The simple technique to know if your boat "FITS".
  • Know the difference between the 5 kinds of salespeople and why you need to pick the type that is right for you!
  • How to research & get the truth about specific boat models.
  • The absolute best time to start the process of buying your boat.
  • Why almost everyone is wrong about what a salesperson is supposed to do.
  • What never to believe from any private seller.
  • How to make sure you're not overpaying for insurance.
  • Take advantage of dozens of money saving tips (hint: and they have nothing to do with the purchase price!)
  • And much, much more...

First Mate 101, by Brenda Dawson firstmate bkcover

 We've all seen them. Couples who have turned boating into an incredible dance, a sight to behold.

Even when docking, they seem to anticipate each others next step. They put on a wonderful performance, communicating with unspoken ease as they bring their boat expertly into the slip.

Tthe inspiration to write this book came about because of an an eye-opening and shocking experience when I attended a FirstMate course. From that experience, I knew that there is a sea of "reluctant boaters" who are deeply wanting and needing to know how to be a FirstMate.


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Women in Boating

The Things Women Don't Know About Boating Could Fill A Book..."How-To" Wisdom for Women in Boating, Stop Worrying And Start Boating.