Books & Videos

In this section, we feature boat building books and reader reviews, and we are actively seek your input.  Do you know of a book that you think is especially helpful or entertaining?  If so, e-mail us the name of the book, and your review. 

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Boatbuilding for Beginners (and Beyond)
by Jim Michalak, with illustrations by Alyssum Pilato
Review by Gavin Atkin

Alone at Sea:
The Adventures of Joshua Slocum

by Ann Spencer
Review by Barend Migchelsen
Wooden Boats:
In Pursuit of the Perfect Craft
at an American Boatyard
by Michael Ruhlmanr
Review by Shawn Payment
Boat Camping Haida Gwaii: A Small Vessel Guide to the Queen Charlotte Islands
by Neil Frazer
Review by Bruce Armstrong
Designing Power and Sail
by Arthur Edmonds
Review by Peter Vanderwaart

Building Classic Small Craft
- Commemorative Edition -
by John Gardner
Review by Barend Migchelsen

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The Zen of Wooden Kayak Building
A VHS videotape or DVD
Review by David Routh

The Old Outboard Book
 by Peter Hunn
Old Outboard Motor Service Manual: 
Review  by Max Wawrzyniak
Build Your Own Canoe
by Dennis Davis
Review  by Mike Connelly
Building a Birchbark Canoe :
The Algonquin Wabanaki Tciman

by David Gidmark
Review  by Mike Saunders
A Skiff for All Seasons: Building an Alaskan Skiff
by Renn Tolman
Review  by Bruce Armstrong

The Hardchined Hull Handbook
Written and published by Barend Migchelsen, 1997 & 2000
Review by Carl Goy

The Complete Rigger's Apprentice: Tools and Techniques for Modern and Traditional Rigging
by Brion Toss
Review  by Peter Vanderwaart

Boats with an Open Mind: Seventy-Five Unconventional Designs and Concepts
by Philip C. Bolger
Review by Gavin Atkin

New Zealand Backyard Boatbuilding: How to Build your own Wooden Boat
by John Welsford
Review by Lew Clayman

Through Europe at Four Knots : A Tale of Boating Mayhem and Family Adventure
by Les Horn
Review by Bob Archibald
Canoe Paddles:
A Complete Guide to Making Your Own

by Graham Warren, David Gidmark
Review by Joe White