Top 5 Boat-Building Books of All Time

Everyone has something they want to do before their lives are over, and for some, that thing is building a boat. While this could be an exciting venture to take on, having the right guide will make it a lot easier.

Here are five books that offer great insight into boat-building:

‘Building a Strip Canoe,’ 2nd Edition

Published in 2010, this book is an easy-to-understand guide on the subject, with step-by-step instructions on how to create your own canoe – from the first piece of wood to the last nail.

It contains detailed plans for eight field canoes, together with seats and paddles.

‘Building Tokyo Express’

Did you ever dream of owning a catamaran? If you have, you can realise your dream with this handy guide published in 2019. This book allows you to own a home on the water in the cheapest way possible.

Ultimately, you can decide for yourself whether you want to buy one or build one.

‘Small Boat Building’

Owning your own boat is fantastic. But what’s more fantastic is owning a boat that you’ve made yourself – no matter the size. This book provides all the information you need to build a small boat, including all the safety precautions that this entails.

‘Modern Boat Building’

This is one of those republished books from the early 1900s. While getting your hands on an original version would be difficult and expensive, Edwin Monk and his publishing team have updated all the book’s contents for the modern reader.

‘A Practical Course in Wooden Boat and Ship Building’

Many scholars consider this book to be culturally relevant, given the important knowledge it imparts. The book spells out the fundamental principles of ship-building, while providing detailed practical methods used in the building process.

In light of its profound usefulness, this book is free for public use in many countries.