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    Question Recommended Boat Building Sites

    I'm contemplating building a 1939 barrel back boat as my next project. This would be the first time attempting something like this.

    So any recommendations for a boat builders site/forum that can handle the tons of questions I'm sure to have?

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    I am not familiar with the boatbuilding forums. Some print resources I have relied on are Wooden Boat magazine and their Wooden boat store, the offerings of International Marine Publishing, and Epoxy Works (the west system blog).

    The WoodenBoat Store provides nautical gifts and gear for boaters.

    Books by International Marine Publishing Co | Book Depository

    Epoxy Projects from Epoxyworks Magazine, with WEST SYSTEM Epoxy
    Best Regards, Maurice

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    The Wooden Boat magazine has a forum that has lot's of good reading.

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    http://forum.woodenboat.com

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    https://sampsonboat.co.uk/
    https://www.tipsfromashipwright.com/

    These are the two I visit most, both sites have many good videos as well

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    Those old Mahogany Runabouts are super cool! That would be a very exciting project. They have gotten extensive coverage in Wooden Boat over the years.
    Best Regards, Maurice

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    I built my boat from Glen-L plans and they had an excellent forum community. This was about 8-9 years ago but hopefully it is still intact.

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    Some good sources there. A forum that works out well for me is https://www.boatdesign.net. More serious people show up there, and more serious talk than on any other forum. There are 100 page threads there that are dead nuts serious, but as with anything, it depends on who shows up and what specialties are discussed. I don't know what forum would specialize in mahogany runabouts. I have seen stuff in Epoxyworks, and Woodboat. Pretty advanced project, and expensive, so that would narrow down the legitimate expertise. This guy seems to have tapped out.

    https://www.boatdesign.net/threads/c...el-back.63553/

  9. https://messing-about.com/forums has been online in one form or another since 1999. It's a smaller community of boat builders, with the most active forums those devoted to a few designers (B&B Yacht Designs, Kudzu Kayaks, etc.) But the Main Forum would be the place to connect with anyone else that has restored a similar boat.

    Disclaimer: I own the site and have been running it the past 23 years. (Mods - let me know if this is not allowed and should be deleted).
    Last edited by Frank Hagan; 09-21-2022 at 9:39 PM. Reason: Note to mods

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    Naaaaaaa Naaaaaaa not reading this Naaaaaaa Naaaaaa Not going to any of these sites.

    I once had a subscription to Wooden Boat, now I have a canoe that collects dust. Dangerous prostheletizers they are.

    Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bender View Post
    Naaaaaaa Naaaaaaa not reading this Naaaaaaa Naaaaaa Not going to any of these sites.

    I once had a subscription to Wooden Boat, now I have a canoe that collects dust. Dangerous prostheletizers they are.

    Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Tom, I would be interested to read more about your canoe.
    Best Regards, Maurice

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