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Boats come in all shapes and sizes. In the broadest sense, boats are watercraft of any size (including what are generally called ships) designed to float or plane, to work or travel on water. Small boats are typically found on inland (lakes) or in protected coastal areas. However, boats such as the whaleboat were designed for operation from a ship in an offshore environment. In naval terms, a boat is a vessel small enough to be carried aboard another vessel (usually a ship). Another less restrictive definition is a vessel that can be lifted out of the water. Some definitions do not make a distinction in size, as 1000-foot bulk freighters on the Great Lakes are called oreboats. For reasons of naval tradition, submarines are usually referred to as “boats” rather than “ships”, regardless of their size and shape. Our EverythingAboutBoats.org website intends to address watercraft of all types, shapes and sizes, including those used for pleasure, those used for commerce, those used for warfare, those used for enforcement, and those used for rescue.

At 17 metres long, the Severn-class lifeboats are the largest class of UK lifeboat.

Boats have a wide variety of shapes and sizes and construction methods due to their intended purpose, available materials or local traditions. Canoe type boats have a long history and various versions are used throughout the world for transportation, fishing or sport. Commercial fishing boats vary widely in style partly to match local conditions. Pleasure craft include yachts, both powered and sail, smaller sailboats, pontoon boats, ski boats, and sport fishing boats. House boats may be used for vacationing or long-term housing. Small boats can provide transport or convey cargo (lightering) to and from large ships. Lifeboats have rescue and safety functions.

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Boats of AlaskaHarry M. Walker
Boats‚ Ships‚ Submarines‚ and Other Floating MachinesIan Graham
Cure for Anything is Salt Water‚ TheMary South
Down to the Sea in ShipsPhilemon Sturges
Eye on the Sea : Reflections on the Boating LifeM. J. Hayes
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Hemingway's Boat : Everything He Loved in Life‚ and Lost — Paul Hendrickson
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1 – ABOUT BOATS: (w/Links to Maritime Museums).
1.1 – Early History.
1.2 – Recent History.
1.3 – Modern Vessel Types.

2 – BOAT BUILDING & REFITTING: (Incl. DO-IT-YOURSELF Boat Building & Refitting).
2.1 – Boat Designing Schools.
2.2 – Boat Designers: (Naval Architects, Boat Plans, Kits, etc).
2.3 – Statutes & Standards.
2.3.1 – Laws by Country.
2.3.1.^ – Laws: Canada.
2.3.1.^ – Laws: United Kingdom.
2.3.1.^ – Laws: United States.
2.3.2 – Industry Standards.
2.3.2.1 – International Maritime Organization (IMO).
2.3.2.2 – International Standards Organization (ISO).
2.3.2.3 – American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC).
2.3.2.4 – National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
2.3.3 – Classification Societies.
2.3.3.1 – Lloyd’s Register.
2.3.3.2 – American Bureau of Shipping.
2.4 – Boat Building Tools & Equipment: (Vendors, Specs, Manuals, Recalls, etc).
2.5 – Boat Materials: (Vendors, Specs, Manuals, Recalls, etc).
2.5.1 – Wood: (Carvel, Clinker/Lapstrake, Veneer/Plywood, Cold Molded, etc).
2.5.2 – Metal: Iron, Steel, Aluminum, Copper, etc.
2.5.3 – Ferrocement.
2.5.4 – FRP Composites: Fiberglass, Carbon Fiber, etc..
2.6 – Boat Equipment: (Vendors, Specs, Manuals, Reviews, Recalls, etc).
2.6.1 – Steering & Thrusters.
2.6.2 – Stabilizers & Trim Plates.
2.6.3 – Dewatering Devices: (Bailers, Bilge Pumps, etc).
2.6.4 – Galvanic Corrosion Protection.
2.6.5 – Hull Penetrations & Openings: (Thru-Hulls, Scuttles, Skylights, Hatches, etc).
2.6.6 – Deck Hardware & Equipment.
2.6.6.1 – Ground Tackle.
2.6.6.2 – Commercial Fishing Gear.
2.6.7 – Rigging: (Rig Types, Standing Rigging, Running Rigging, Vendors, Riggers, etc).
2.6.7.1 – Sails: (Sail Types, Aerodynamics, Vendors, Sailmakers, etc).
2.6.8 – Propulsion Machinery: (Types, Configurations, Features, Control Systems, etc).
2.6.8.1 – Engines: (Manufacturers, Marinizers, Resellers, etc).
2.6.8.2 – Engine-to-Marine Gear Interfaces: (SAE Specs, Damper Plates, Jackshafts, etc).
2.6.8.3 – Marine Gears: (Reversing, Reduction; Mechanical, Hydraulic).
2.6.8.4 – Shafting: (Propshafts, Couplings, Seals, Bearings, Struts, Keys, Nuts, etc).
2.6.8.5 – Propellers.
2.6.9 – Electrical Systems: DC & AC: (Direct Current, Alternating Current, etc).
2.6.9.1 – Auxiliary Generators.
2.6.9.2 – DC-to-AC Invertors.
2.6.10 – Navigation & Communication Systems.
2.6.11 – Safety Equipment: (Life Rafts, PFDs, Firefighting Eq., Alarms, Medical Kits, etc).
2.6.12 – Domestic Systems.
2.6.12.1 – LPG Systems.
2.6.12.2 – Cabin Heating & Cooling.
2.6.12.3 – Galley Appliances: (Refrigeration, Galley Stoves, LPG/CNG Systems).
2.6.12.4 – Water & Waste Systems.
2.6.12.5 – Trash Disposal.
2.6.12.6 – Furnishings: (Cabinetry, furniture, Coverings, Entertainment, Weather, etc).
2.6.13 – Personal Equipment.
2.6.13.^ – Diving: (Commercial & Sport).
2.6.13.^ – Fishing: (Sport).
2.6.13.^ – Racing: (Sail, Offshore Power, Powerboat, Hydroplane, etc).
2.6.13.^ – Sailing: (Foul Weather Gear, Safety Harnesses, etc).
2.6.13.^ – Watersports: (Surfing, Skiing, Boarding, Tubing, etc).
2.6.14 – Tenders.
2.6.15 – Boat Trailers.
2.7 – Marine Suppliers by Country.
2.7.^ – Marine Suppliers: Canada.
2.7.^ – Marine Suppliers: United Kingdom.
2.7.^ – Marine Suppliers: United States.
2.8 – Boat Building & Refitting Schools.
2.9 – Boat Builders: A∼Z and Vessel Types.
2.10 – Boat Builders by Country.
2.10.^ – Boat Builders: Canada.
2.10.^ – Boat Builders: United Kingdom.
2.10.^ – Boat Builders: United States.
2.10.^.^ – Boat Builders by US MIC.
2.11 – Boat Refitters by Country: (Shipyards, Boatyards, Riggers, Repair Shops, etc).
2.11.^ – Boat Refitters: Canada.
2.11.^ – Boat Refitters: United Kingdom.
2.11.^ – Boat Refitters: United States.
2.12 – Do-It-Yourself Boat Building & Refitting: (Including: Troubleshooting & Repair).

3 – BOAT MARKETING: (Online Classified Ads, Free Magazines with Ads, Price Guides).
3.1 – Boat Shows by Country.
3.1.^ – Boat Shows: Canada.
3.1.^ – Boat Shows: United Kingdom.
3.1.^ – Boat Shows: United States.
3.2 – Boat Dealers & Yacht Brokers by Country.
3.2.^ – Boat Dealers & Yacht Brokers: Canada.
3.2.^ – Boat Dealers & Yacht Brokers: United Kingdom.
3.2.^ – Boat Dealers & Yacht Brokers: United States.
3.3 – Importing & Exporting.
3.4 – Auctions & Sales: (Government, Seizure, Foreclosure, Repo, Insurance, Donation, etc).
3.5 – Do-It-Yourself Private Boat Sales: (Buyers & Sellers).

4 – BOAT INSPECTION:
4.1 – Types of Marine Surveys.
4.2 – Marine Surveyors by Country.
4.2.^ – Marine Surveyors: Canada.
4.2.^ – Marine Surveyors: United Kingdom.
4.2.^ – Marine Surveyors: United States.
4.3 – Marine Surveying Schools.
4.4 – Do-It-Yourself Boat Inspections.

5 – BOAT TITLES & VESSEL REGISTRY:
5.1 – Boat Titles & Registration.
5.2 – Vessel Registry: (Documentation, Licensing).
5.2.1 – Vessel Title Companies by Country.
5.2.1.^ – Vessel Title Companies: Canada.
5.2.1.^ – Vessel Title Companies: United Kingdom.
5.2.1.^ – Vessel Title Companies: United States.

6 – BOAT FINANCING:
6.1 – Banks.
6.2 – Credit Unions.

7 – BOAT INSURANCE:
7.1 – Types of Insurance Policies.
7.2 – Insurance Companies.
7.3 – Insurance Agencies by Country.
7.3.^ – Insurance Agencies: Canada.
7.3.^ – Insurance Agencies: United Kingdom.
7.3.^ – Insurance Agencies: United States.
7.4 – Claim Processing.
7.4.1 – Filing a Claim.
7.4.2 – Repair Facility Claim Procedures.
7.4.3 – Claim Resolution.
7.4.4 – Subrogation.
7.4.5 – Claim Cases.

8 – BOAT TRANSPORT:
8.1 – Boat Transport by Sea.
8.1.1 – Piggyback.
8.1.2 – Delivery Skippers & Crews.
8.1.3 – Towing: (Tugs, Towboats, etc).
8.2 – Boat Transport Over Land.
8.2.1 – Boat Transporters: (by type and size).

9 – BOAT HAULING & LAUNCHING:
9.1 – Hoists by Country: (Slipways, Railways, Drydocks, Elevators, Cranes, Lifts, etc).
9.1.^ – Hoists: Canada.
9.1.^ – Hoists: United Kingdom.
9.1.^ – Hoists: United States.
9.2 – Launch Ramps by Country: (Public & Private).
9.2.^ – Launch Ramps: Canada.
9.2.^ – Launch Ramps: United Kingdom.
9.2.^ – Launch Ramps: United States.

10 – BOAT MOORAGE & STORAGE:
10.1 – Moorage & Storage Builders: (Moorings, Marinas, Docks, Racks, Stacks, Lifts, RxR, etc).
10.2 – Anchorages by Country.
10.2.^ – Anchorages: Canada.
10.2.^ – Anchorages: United Kingdom.
10.2.^ – Anchorages: United States.
10.3 – Marinas by Country.
10.3.^ – Marinas: Canada.
10.3.^ – Marinas: United Kingdom.
10.3.^ – Marinas: United States.
10.4 – Yards, Racks & Stacks by Country.
10.4.^ – Yards, Racks & Stacks: Canada.
10.4.^ – Yards, Racks & Stacks: United Kingdom.
10.4.^ – Yards, Racks & Stacks: United States.

11 – BOATING ORGANIZATIONS: (Cruising Clubs, Educational, Gov Aux, etc).
11.1 – Yacht Clubs by Country.
11.1.^ – Yacht Clubs: Canada.
11.1.^ – Yacht Clubs: United Kingdom.
11.1.^ – Yacht Clubs: United States.
11.2 – Sailing Clubs by Country.
11.2.^ – Sailing Clubs: Canada.
11.2.^ – Sailing Clubs: United Kingdom.
11.2.^ – Sailing Clubs: United States.
11.3 – Boat Owner Associations.

12 – BOATING & TRAVEL:
12.1 – Events by Country: (Festivals, Rendezvous, Cruises, Races, Derbies, etc).
12.1.^ – Events: Canada.
12.1.^ – Events: United Kingdom.
12.1.^ – Events: United States.
12.2 – Destinations by Country: (Anchorages, Attractions, Food, Lodging, etc).
12.2.^ – Destinations: Canada.
12.2.^ – Destinations: United Kingdom.
12.2.^ – Destinations: United States.
12.3 – Weather & Tides: (Sun & Moon, Rise & Set).
12.4 – Boat Rentals & Charters by Country: (Fishing, Barefoot, Crewed, etc).
12.4.^ – Boat Rentals & Charters: Canada.
12.4.^ – Boat Rentals & Charters: United Kingdom.
12.4.^ – Boat Rentals & Charters: United States.
12.5 – Licensed Masters: (Crewed Charters, Sea Trials, Deliveries, etc).
12.6 – Commercial Passage: (Cruises, Freighters, RV Barge Cruises, etc).
12.7 – Member Voyages.

13 – BOATING & MARITIME EDUCATION: (Operator Qualification, etc).
13.1 – Boating Safety Classes: (Pleasure Craft Operator’s Cards, etc).
13.1.1 – Boating Safety: (Accidents, Prevention, Man-Overboard, Search & Rescue, etc).
13.2 – Boating & Seamanship Training.
13.2.1 – Seamanship Schools.
13.2.2 – Sailing Schools.
13.2.3 – One-On-One Training.
13.3 – Maritime Schools.
13.3.1 – Captain’s License Classes & Testing.

14 – MARINE LAW:
14.1 – Laws by Country: (Operator & Equipment Requirements, etc).
14.1.^ – Laws: Canada.
14.1.^ – Laws: United Kingdom.
14.1.^ – Laws: United States.
14.2 – Admiralty Law.
14.2.1 – International Treaties: (SOLAS, MARPOL, COLREGS, etc).
14.3 – Insurance Law.
14.4 – Personal Injury.
14.5 – Product Liability.
14.6 – Consumer Protection.
14.7 – Law Firms by Country.
14.7.^ – Law Firms: Canada.
14.7.^ – Law Firms: United Kingdom.
14.7.^ – Law Firms: United States.
14.8 – Investigators, Consultants & Expert Witnesses.
14.9 – Case Examples.

15 – DO-IT-YOURSELF (DIY):
15.1 – DIY Boat Building & Refitting: (Including: Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Repair).
15.2 – DIY Private Boat Sales: (Buyers & Sellers).
15.3 – DIY Boat Inspections: (Pre-Survey, Pre-Purchase, Pre-Sale, Pre-Voyage, Sea Trials, etc).
15.4 – DIY Schools & Classes: (Boat Building, Refitting, Inspecting, Troubleshooting, Repair, etc).

16 – MEDIA w/Creator Directory: (Authors, Editors, Publishers, etc) + Lending Library.
16.1 – Articles: (incl. Forum Posts, Tech Tips, Tech Notes, etc).
16.2 – Books: (Bound, eBooks, etc).
16.3 – Magazines: (incl. Back Issues, etc).
16.4 – Product Documentation: (SpecSheets, Installation Drawings, Manuals, Parts Books, etc).
16.5 – Videos: (How-to-Tutorials, Documentaries, Travelogues, etc).
16.6 – Websites: (w/Links).


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