Click HERE for links to recommended suppliers
Many builders now have their own web sites and although I have added links on the individual design pages it also makes sense to group them all together.
First, here is a listing of many of my home builders sites, most of which are updated regularly. Below those is a list of suppliers and general boating links
http://www.gypsysophia.blogspot.com (also has good crayfish building sequence)
http://www.nz-homestay.co.nz (for charter in New Zealand)
MEANDER (modified with a bridge deck cabin added)
Please let me know if you have a site, so I can add it to the list. Please also let me know of any invalid links.
I only recommend suppliers that I have used myself and ones that have given me great service over the years. So people like Dolphin Sails and Calvert Sails. Z Spar and Eurspar masts etc.
I am now adding Florida based Boatbuilder Central to the list. We used Marinepoxy exclusively on our Skoota 28 powercat as well as on our Strike 15, Duo and Zest dinghies. We found it very easy to use, no smell and an easy 2:1 mix. Performance seems to be as good as the more expensive "Known Names"
Boatbuilder Central also sell glass, fillers, paint, plywood.... In fact pretty much everything you need to build a wood boat. We stayed a few days with Boatbuilder Central boss Jacques Mertens and found that he was a font of knowledge on epoxies and boatbuilding. So no problems with any technical queries. He is also a very experienced cruising sailor, has worked in several major US boatyards and so he knows boats better than most.
So I am now recommending Boatbuilder Central to all my North American customers. You can buy on line here
Those new to wood/epoxy boatbuilding will find these books useful (Click on the images for the link). They have been written by longtime multihull sailor and boatbuilder Russell Brown (son of Jim Brown, trimaran designer) who runs PT Watercraft in Port Townsend, Wa, USA. He is one of the worlds best wood boatbuilders, so if you do what he says you will save time, money and you'll build a better boat. For an excerpt CLICK HERE
And now he has another book on painting without spraying or tipping. I've seen the boats Russell has painted using these techniques. If you didn't know better you'd think they were grp. (possibly the worst insult you can make to a wooden boatbuilder!). Disclaimer: I do get a small commission from Russell when he sells a book through my site (so please click the link here, not elsewhere!) but that doesn't affect the fact that the books are great!
Dolphin Sails 400 Main Rd Harwich Essex UK our approved sailmaker for the last 30 years
Dave Calvert Sails He made an excellent set of sails for our Romany
Z Spar recommended spar supplier for all our designs. The US distributor is USSpars.com Their web site has an excellent on line catalogue
Clarks Wood Silverthorne Lane Bristol UK for plywood and timber
Matrix Mouldings Matrix Composite Materials Company Ltd Unit E Paintworks 277 Bath Road Bristol BS4 3EH UK for all epoxy and glass supplies
Wessex Resins and Adhesives Ltd Cupernham House, Cupernham Lane, Romsey, Hants SO51 7LF UK for all epoxy and glass supplies
Robbins Timber Brookgate, Ashton Vale T E, Bristol BS3 2UN UK for all timber, epoxy and other boatbuilding supplies in the UK
Evecom for all your materials if you are a Dutch builder.
Wooden Boat The magazine for all those who love wooden boats
MOCRA The UK national multihull association
BCMS The British Columbia Multihull Society lots of multihull related links
BoatingOZ Charters and Events Australian sailing links and news
Aboard good links page for general UK marine related links
German Multihull Web page
Apparentwind.com excellent links for all things nautical
The Marine Web a wide variety of marine links
UK Sailing Index
http://www.boatingarea.com Boating Resources directory include Sports & Recreation, Boating Vacations boats, marine, used yachts, parts, yacht, sailing, sailboat and more.
Boatbuilding.com is the largest and most popular website for amateur and professional custom boatbuilders and designers on the internet. We have the most comprehensive boatbuilding search engine in the world, as well as feature articles, discussion forums, and design reviews.
Websaurus Boating and Fishing Directory One of the biggest boating and fishing directories on the web.
Multihulldynamics.com "Multihull Dynamics, Inc. - Over 650 multihulls listed with specifications, performance and stability information. Comparisons and Custom Evaluations available"
Buildboats.com The website dedicated to home boat builders and those interested in boat restoration.
Mailasail.com The essential site if you use an Iridium phone for emailing. It strips the unwanted parts of emails, compresses the rest and sends and receives at the same time. The result is much shorter upload times.
(Please e-mail us if links become invalid so we can update them. Thank you)