I get it. You may not have the inclination to scour social media, Google and the rest of the internet looking for absolute best resources for boat building, repair, restoration and design. There’s just too much to wade through, too many rabbit holes to go down, and not enough time in the day. So I’ve been working on a list of what I would call the most critical resources for people who build or repair their own boats. These are the sources that I find myself going back to time and time again for supplies, tools, how-to information and just good ol’ entertainment. I believe the quality and volume of their content are worth your consideration. And yes, I am aware that there are actually more than 10 resources on this Top 10 list. I just thought it sounded better than: The Top 114 Resources List That I Keep Adding to List. So deal with it.
Note: I am not paid for making these recommendations. However, I do make a nominal commission on the sales of the books on this list. Even if $ wasn’t involved, I would recommend them anyway.
- Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual (Nigel Calder)
- Marine Diesel Engines (Nigel Calder)
- Boatowner’s Illustrated Electrical Handbook (Charlie Wing)
- Tips from a Shipwright
- Tally Ho/Sampson Boat Co
- Boatworks Today
- Off Center Harbor
- Wooden Boat Forum
- Practical Yacht Joinery
- Paul Sellers
- Jamestown Distributors
- West System, Gougen Brothers
- Small Boats Monthly- inspiration
- Cape Falcon Kayaks
- Pro Boatbuilder
- Fairwind Fasteners
Is there a resource that you believe should be on this list? Shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll consider it.