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BoatBuilding Books

I highly recommend each of these books for the home boatbuilder:

Trad Construction:

  • "The Dory Book" By John Gardener
  • "BoatBuilding in Your Own Backyard" By S. S. Rabl

Flex Skin kayaks:

  • "Baidarka" By George Dyson
  • "Wood and Canvas Kayak Building" By George Putz
  • "The Aleutian Kayak" By Wolfgang Brinck

Stitch & Tape:

  • "Canoes & Kayaks for the Backyard Builder" By Skip Snaith
  • "The Kayak Shop" By Chris Kulczyci


  • "Ultralight Boatbuilding" by Tom Hill

Native American Boats:

  • "The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America" By Edwin Tappan Adney and Howard I. Chappelle

Magazine Articles


Older Popular Science and Popular Mechanics magazines often yield cool retro boat designs -- and sometimes very functional row boats, runabouts and daysailer plans.
NonCommercial Boatbuilders

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