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A note from Jon Rieley-Goddard, administrator, AKA wikimaster, of the Backyard Boatbuilding wiki:

I've written this article in a personal, first-person style. If you want to add your links, just start with a note and subheading, or you can post a separate article and list it under the links on the main page.



By Jon Rieley-Goddard, Backyard Boatbuildng Wikimaster

Search on Google or your favorite search engine, for boatbuilding, or amateur boatbuilding, or even backyard boatbuilding, and you will get enough hits to keep you busy for a long time.

This is my list of favorites (persons and places who understand the spirit of backyard boatbuilding):


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Duckworks Magazine Web site has more content than any other that I know of, when it comes to the subject of designing, building, and enjoying small, amateur-build and pro-built boats. You also can purchase just about anything that you need to support your venture -- hardware, epoxy, boat plans (I have no connection with the Web site). The site offers purchase of the work of several designers who draw small boats meant for one-off building -- Jim Michalak, ¤¤John Welsford, and Gavin Atkin, plus almost 20 other designers with smaller or less-known portfolios. One persons hovers over the list of designers but is not represented -- he deals directly with customers -- is Phil Bolger, the father of the movement to design and build modern, mostly plywood small boats, particularly squarish ones.

¤Herkimer & Perkins ... building backyard boats in Buffalo ¤This is my own Web site, which is a distant second in scope and range of content to the Duckworks site (if you accept that they do the best job and all others can rise to the level of almost as good, or second place). I have building logs for several plywood boats and many, many photos of my trips in my various boats, particularly on the Erie Canal.

¤Depending on how you feel about Yahoo Groups, you can find many Groups dedicated to boatbuilding, including backyard boatbuilding.

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Gavin Atkin, who began the effort that issued in the first Open Source boat design, the Mouse, has a rambling Web site that he has been adding to since 1999.

¤John Kohnen has been amassing boatbuilding links for many years -- more than 40 pages of links at this point.

¤Designer Jim Michalak has been posting an online magazine concerning his boats and related concerns, since 1997. The current issue will have a link to the archives. Jim writes about sails, oars, boat design concepts, and hundreds of related topics. This is beyond a treasure trove of great stuff.

¤Even though he has not, it seems, updated his Web site since 2003, Craig O'Donnell's Cheap Pagesoffer seminal links to backyard boatbuilding resources on the Internet that no one else could have put together. It's worth a visit still, and it is still online.

¤I built a Michalak design called the Harmonica after reading this article by Chris Crandall, who built the prototype.

¤One could talk about Backyard Boats without mentioning the offline magazine Messing About in Boats, but why do that? Messing About in Boats is a gathering of the various kinds of crazies who enjoy these little boats. There is a kiosk-style Web page that will tell you more.

¤The blog platform is perfect for boatbuilding logs, where the builder posts text and photos that describe a project as it advances. An excellent example is simply called Boatbuilding Blog. Here is another amazing boat blog, Power Chick Boatworks: Where Barrett Builds Boats. Just type boatbuilding blog into a search engine and be amazed at the scope and variety of boatbuilding bloggers.

¤It's another story, however, when you type boatbuilding wiki into a search engine. This wiki is on the first page of results. The others on that page are more commercial than backyard. The last link on that first page of results, in Google, was a non-commercial wiki, shows promise. The wiki offers history concerning famous commercial boatbuilders who worked in Algonac, MI. Blogs and boaters were destined to meet, because the blog way of stacking posts, with the latest on top, matches boatbuilders' logging style. The wiki may be of assistance in the stacking of building posts, once the job is done, in the reverse order of last post last and first post first. Wikis also lend themselves to being a very large container for a certain type of information. This wiki is an example of that.

Jonrg 23:56, 29 May 2008 (UTC)