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Until the mid-19th century most boats were made of natural materials, primarily wood, although reed, bark and animal skins were also used. Early boats include the bound-reed style of boat seen in Ancient Egypt, the birch bark canoe, the animal hide-covered kayak and coracle and the dugout canoe made from a single log.
Bill Streever describes a boat made by the native Inupiat people in Barrow, Alaska as “a skin boat, an umiaq, built from the stitched hides of bearded seals and used to hunt bowhead whales in the open-water leads during spring…”.
By the mid-19th century, many boats had been built with iron or steel frames but still planked in wood. In 1855 ferro-cement boat construction was patented by the French, who coined the name “ferciment”. This is a system by which a steel or iron wire framework is built in the shape of a boat’s hull and covered (trowelled) over with cement. Reinforced with bulkheads and other internal structure, it is strong but heavy, easily repaired, and, if sealed properly, will not leak or corrode. These materials and methods were copied all over the world and have faded in and out of popularity to the present time. As the forests of Britain and Europe continued to be over-harvested to supply the keels of larger wooden boats, and the Bessemer process (patented in 1855) cheapened the cost of steel, steel ships and boats began to be more common. By the 1930s boats built entirely of steel from frames to plating were seen replacing wooden boats in many industrial uses, also for fishing fleets. Private recreational boats of steel are however uncommon. In the mid-20th century aluminium gained popularity. Though much more expensive than steel, there are now aluminium alloys available that do not corrode in salt water, and an aluminium boat built to similar load carrying standards is lighter in weight than the steel equivalent . Around the mid-1960s, boats made of glass-reinforced plastic, more commonly known as fibreglass, became popular, especially for recreational boats. The United States Coast Guard refers to such boats as ‘FRP’ (for fibre-reinforced plastic) boats.
Fibreglass boats are strong, and do not rust (iron oxide), corrode, or rot. They are, however susceptible to structural degradation from sunlight and extremes in temperature over their lifespan. Fibreglass provides structural strength, especially when long woven strands are laid, sometimes from bow to stern, and then soaked in epoxy or polyester resin to form the hull. Whether hand laid or built in a mould, Fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) boats usually have an outer coating of gelcoat, which is a thin solid colored layer of polyester resin that adds no structural strength, but does create a smooth surface which can be buffed to a high shine and also acts as a protective layer against sunlight. FRP structures can be made stiffer with sandwich panels, where the FRP encloses a lightweight core such as balsa or foam. Cored FRP is most often found in decking, which helps keep down weight that will be carried above the waterline. The addition of wood makes the cored structure of the boat susceptible to rotting, which puts a greater emphasis on not allowing damaged sandwich structures to go unrepaired. Plastic based foam cores are less vulnerable. The phrase ‘advanced composites’ in FRP construction may indicate the addition of carbon fibre, Kevlar or other similar materials, but it may also indicate methods designed to introduce less expensive and, by at least one yacht surveyor’s eyewitness accounts, less structurally sound materials.
Cold moulding is similar to FRP in as much as it involves the use of epoxy or polyester resins, but the structural component is wood instead of fibreglass. In cold moulding very thin strips of wood are layered over a form or mould. Each layer is coated with resin and another directionally alternating layer is laid on top. In some processes the subsequent layers are stapled or otherwise mechanically fastened to the previous layers, but in other processes the layers are weighted or even vacuum bagged to hold them together while the resin sets. Layers are built up until the required hull thickness is achieved.
Boats or watercraft have also been made of materials such as foam or plastic, but most homebuilts today are built of plywood and either painted or covered with a layer of fibreglass and resin.
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|0 – HOME Page w/Featured Articles||T|
|0.2 – GLOSSARY OF NAUTICAL TERMS||TD|
|1 – ABOUT BOATS: (w/Links to Maritime Museums)||TD|
|1.1 – Early History||T|
|1.2 – Recent History||T|
|1.3 – Modern Vessel Types||T|
|2 – BOAT BUILDING‚ OUTFITTING‚ REFITTING & REPAIR: (Incl. DIY)||T|
|2.1 – Boat Designing Schools||TD|
|2.2 – Boat Designers: (Naval Architects‚ Boat Plans‚ Kits‚+)||TD|
|2.3 – Statutes & Standards||T|
|2.3.1 – Laws by Country||TD|
|2.3.1.^ – Laws: Canada||TD|
|2.3.1.^ – Laws: United Kingdom||TD|
|2.3.1.^ – Laws: United States||TD|
|2.3.2 – Industry Standards||TD|
|2.3.2 – ^ International Maritime Organization (IMO)||V|
|2.3.2 – ^ International Standards Organization (ISO)||V|
|2.3.2 – ^ American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC)||V|
|2.3.2 – ^ National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)||V|
|2.3.3 – Classification Societies||TD|
|2.3.3 – ^ UK: Lloyd’s Register||V|
|2.3.3 – ^ US: American Bureau of Shipping||V|
|2.4 – Boat Building & Refitting Tools‚+: (Vendors‚ Specs‚ Manuals‚ Recalls‚+)||TD|
|2.5 – Boat Materials: (Qualities‚ Vendors‚ Specs‚ Manuals‚ Recalls‚+)||TD|
|2.5.1 – Wood: (Carvel‚ Clinker/Lapstrake‚ Veneer/Plywood‚ Cold Molded‚+)||TD|
|2.5.2 – Metal: Iron‚ Steel‚ Aluminum‚ Copper‚+||TD|
|2.5.3 – Ferrocement||TD|
|2.5.4 – FRP Composites: Fiberglass‚ Carbon Fiber‚+. (Incl. Plastic)||TD|
|2.6 – Boat Equipment: (Vendors‚ Specs‚ Manuals‚ Reviews‚ Recalls‚+)||TD|
|2.6.1 – Steering & Thrusters||TD|
|2.6.2 – Stabilizers & Trim Plates||TD|
|2.6.3 – Dewatering Devices: (Bailers‚ Bilge Pumps‚+)||TD|
|2.6.4 – Galvanic Corrosion Protection||TD|
|2.6.5 – Hull Penetrations & Openings: (Thru-Hulls‚ Scuttles‚ Skylights‚ Hatches‚+)||TD|
|2.6.6 – Deck Hardware & Equipment||TD|
|188.8.131.52 – Ground Tackle||TD|
|184.108.40.206 – Commercial Fishing Gear||TD|
|2.6.7 – Rigging: (Rig Types‚ Standing Rigging‚ Running Rigging‚ Vendors‚ Riggers‚+)||TD|
|220.127.116.11 – Sails: (Sail Types‚ Aerodynamics‚ Vendors‚ Sailmakers‚+)||TD|
|2.6.8 – Propulsion Machinery: (Types‚ Configurations‚ Features‚ Control Systems‚+)||TD|
|18.104.22.168 – Engines: (Brands‚ Manufacturers‚ Marinizers‚ Resellers‚+)||TD|
|22.214.171.124 – Engine-to-Marine Gear Interfaces: (SAE Specs‚ Damper Plates‚ Jackshafts‚+)||TD|
|126.96.36.199 – Marine Gears: (Reversing‚ Reduction; Mechanical‚ Hydraulic)||TD|
|188.8.131.52 – Shafting: (Propshafts‚ Couplings‚ Seals‚ Bearings‚ Struts‚ Keys‚ Nuts‚+)||TD|
|184.108.40.206 – Propellers||TD|
|2.6.9 – Electrical Systems: DC & AC: (Direct Current‚ Alternating Current‚+)||TD|
|220.127.116.11 – Auxiliary Generators||TD|
|18.104.22.168 – DC-to-AC Inverters||TD|
|2.6.10 – Navigation & Communication Systems||TD|
|2.6.11 – Safety Equipment: (Life Rafts‚ PFDs‚ Firefighting Eq.‚ Alarms‚ Medical Kits‚+)||TD|
|2.6.12 – Domestic Systems||TD|
|22.214.171.124 – LPG Systems||TD|
|126.96.36.199 – Cabin Heating & Cooling||TD|
|188.8.131.52 – Galley Appliances: (Refrigeration‚ Galley Stoves‚ LPG/CNG Systems)||TD|
|184.108.40.206 – Water & Waste Systems||TD|
|220.127.116.11 – Trash Disposal||TD|
|18.104.22.168 – Furnishings: (Cabinetry‚ furniture‚ Coverings‚ Entertainment‚ Weather‚+)||TD|
|2.6.13 – Personal Equipment||TD|
|2.6.13.^ – Diving: (Commercial & Sport)||TD|
|2.6.13.^ – Fishing: (Sport)||TD|
|2.6.13.^ – Racing: (Sail‚ Offshore Power‚ Powerboat‚ Hydroplane‚+)||TD|
|2.6.13.^ – Sailing: (Foul Weather Gear‚ Safety Harnesses‚+)||TD|
|2.6.13.^ – Watersports: (Surfing‚ Skiing‚ Boarding‚ Tubing‚+)||TD|
|2.6.14 – Tenders||T|
|2.6.15 – Boat Trailers||TD|
|2.7 – Marine Suppliers by Country||D|
|2.7.^ – Marine Suppliers: Canada||D|
|2.7.^ – Marine Suppliers: United Kingdom||D|
|2.7.^ – Marine Suppliers: United States||D|
|2.8 – Boat Building‚ Outfitting‚ Refitting & Repair Schools: (Incl. DIY)||D|
|2.9 – Boat Builders: A∼Z and Vessel Types||TD|
|2.10 – Boat Builders by Country||D|
|2.10.^ – Boat Builders: Canada||D|
|2.10.^ – Boat Builders: United Kingdom||D|
|2.10.^ – Boat Builders: United States||D|
|2.10.^.^ – Boat Builders by US MIC||D|
|2.11 – Boat Refitters by Country: (Shipyards‚ Boatyards‚ Riggers‚ Repair Shops‚+)||TD|
|2.11.^ – Boat Refitters: Canada||D|
|2.11.^ – Boat Refitters: United Kingdom||D|
|2.11.^ – Boat Refitters: United States||D|
|2.12 – DIY: Boat Building‚ Outfitting‚ Refitting & Repair. (incl. Maintenance)||T|
|3 – BOAT MARKETING: (Online Classified Ads‚ Free Magazines with Ads‚ Price Guides)||TD|
|3.1 – Boat Shows by Country||D|
|3.1.^ – Boat Shows: Canada||D|
|3.1.^ – Boat Shows: United Kingdom||D|
|3.1.^ – Boat Shows: United States||D|
|3.2 – Boat Dealers & Yacht Brokers by Country||D|
|3.2.^ – Boat Dealers & Yacht Brokers: Canada||D|
|3.2.^ – Boat Dealers & Yacht Brokers: United Kingdom||D|
|3.2.^ – Boat Dealers & Yacht Brokers: United States||D|
|3.3 – Importing & Exporting||T|
|3.4 – Auctions & Sales: (Government‚ Seizure‚ Foreclosure‚ Repo‚ Insurance‚ Donation‚+)||TD|
|3.5 – DIY: Private Boat Sales: (Buyers & Sellers)||T|
|4 – BOAT INSPECTION:||T|
|4.1 – Types of Marine Surveys||T|
|4.2 – Marine Surveyors by Country||D|
|4.2.^ – Marine Surveyors: Canada||D|
|4.2.^ – Marine Surveyors: United Kingdom||D|
|4.2.^ – Marine Surveyors: United States||D|
|4.3 – Marine Surveying Schools||TD|
|4.4 – DIY: Boat Inspections||T|
|5 – BOAT TITLES & VESSEL REGISTRY:||T|
|5.1 – Boat Titles & Registration||TD|
|5.2 – Vessel Registry: (Documentation‚ Licensing)||T|
|5.2.1 – Vessel Title Companies by Country||D|
|5.2.1.^ – Vessel Title Companies: Canada||D|
|5.2.1.^ – Vessel Title Companies: United Kingdom||D|
|5.2.1.^ – Vessel Title Companies: United States||D|
|6 – BOAT FINANCING:||TD|
|6.1 – Banks||TD|
|6.2 – Credit Unions||TD|
|7 – BOAT INSURANCE:||T|
|7.1 – Types of Insurance Policies||T|
|7.2 – Insurance Companies||D|
|7.3 – Insurance Agencies by Country||D|
|7.3.^ – Insurance Agencies: Canada||D|
|7.3.^ – Insurance Agencies: United Kingdom||D|
|7.3.^ – Insurance Agencies: United States||D|
|7.4 – Claim Processing||T|
|7.4.1 – Filing a Claim||T|
|7.4.2 – Repair Facility Claim Procedures||T|
|7.4.3 – Claim Resolution||T|
|7.4.4 – Subrogation||T|
|7.4.5 – Claim Cases||TD|
|8 – BOAT TRANSPORT:||T|
|8.1 – Boat Transport by Sea||T|
|8.1.1 – Piggyback||D|
|8.1.2 – Delivery Skippers & Crews||D|
|8.1.3 – Towing: (Tugs‚ Towboats‚+)||TD|
|8.2 – Boat Transport Over Land||T|
|8.2.1 – Boat Transporters: (by type and size)||D|
|9 – BOAT HAULING & LAUNCHING:||T|
|9.1 – Hoists by Country: (Slipways‚ Railways‚ Drydocks‚ Elevators‚ Cranes‚ Lifts‚+)||D|
|9.1.^ – Hoists: Canada||D|
|9.1.^ – Hoists: United Kingdom||D|
|9.1.^ – Hoists: United States||D|
|9.2 – Launch Ramps by Country: (Public & Private)||D|
|9.2.^ – Launch Ramps: Canada||D|
|9.2.^ – Launch Ramps: United Kingdom||D|
|9.2.^ – Launch Ramps: United States||D|
|10 – BOAT MOORAGE & STORAGE:||T|
|10.1 – Moorage & Storage Builders: (Moorings‚ Marinas‚ Docks‚ Racks‚ Stacks‚ Lifts‚ RxR‚+)||TD|
|10.2 – Anchorages by Country||D|
|10.2.^ – Anchorages: Canada||D|
|10.2.^ – Anchorages: United Kingdom||D|
|10.2.^ – Anchorages: United States||D|
|10.3 – Marinas by Country||D|
|10.3.^ – Marinas: Canada||D|
|10.3.^ – Marinas: United Kingdom||D|
|10.3.^ – Marinas: United States||D|
|10.4 – Yards‚ Racks & Stacks by Country||D|
|10.4.^ – Yards‚ Racks & Stacks: Canada||D|
|10.4.^ – Yards‚ Racks & Stacks: United Kingdom||D|
|10.4.^ – Yards‚ Racks & Stacks: United States||D|
|11 – BOATING ORGANIZATIONS: (Cruising Clubs‚ Educational‚ Gov Aux‚+)||T|
|11.1 – Yacht Clubs by Country||D|
|11.1.^ – Yacht Clubs: Canada||D|
|11.1.^ – Yacht Clubs: United Kingdom||D|
|11.1.^ – Yacht Clubs: United States||D|
|11.2 – Sailing Clubs by Country||D|
|11.2.^ – Sailing Clubs: Canada||D|
|11.2.^ – Sailing Clubs: United Kingdom||D|
|11.2.^ – Sailing Clubs: United States||D|
|11.3 – Boat Owner Associations||TD|
|12 – BOATING & TRAVEL:||T|
|12.1 – Events by Country: (Festivals‚ Rendezvous‚ Cruises‚ Races‚ Derbies‚+)||D|
|12.1.^ – Events: Canada||D|
|12.1.^ – Events: United Kingdom||D|
|12.1.^ – Events: United States||D|
|12.2 – Destinations by Country: (Anchorages‚ Attractions‚ Food‚ Lodging‚+)||D|
|12.2.^ – Destinations: Canada||D|
|12.2.^ – Destinations: United Kingdom||D|
|12.2.^ – Destinations: United States||D|
|12.3 – Weather & Tides: (Sun & Moon‚ Rise & Set)||TD|
|12.4 – Boat Rentals & Charters by Country: (Fishing‚ Barefoot‚ Crewed‚+)||T|
|12.4.^ – Boat Rentals & Charters: Canada||D|
|12.4.^ – Boat Rentals & Charters: United Kingdom||D|
|12.4.^ – Boat Rentals & Charters: United States||D|
|12.5 – Licensed Masters: (Crewed Charters‚ Sea Trials‚ Deliveries‚+)||TD|
|12.6 – Commercial Passage: (Cruises‚ Freighters‚ RV Barge Cruises‚+)||TD|
|12.7 – Member Voyages||TD|
|13 – BOATING & MARITIME EDUCATION: (Operator Qualification‚+)||T|
|13.1 – Boating Safety Classes: (Pleasure Craft Operator’s Cards‚+)||D|
|13.1.1 – Boating Safety: (Accidents‚ Prevention‚ Man-Overboard‚ Search & Rescue‚+)||T|
|13.2 – Boating & Seamanship Training||T|
|13.2.1 – Seamanship Schools||D|
|13.2.2 – Sailing Schools||D|
|13.2.3 – One-On-One Training||TD|
|13.3 – Maritime Schools||TD|
|13.3.1 – Captain’s License Classes & Testing||TD|
|14 – MARINE LAW:||T|
|14.1 – Laws by Country: (Operator & Equipment Requirements‚+)||TD|
|14.1.^ – Laws: Canada||TD|
|14.1.^ – Laws: United Kingdom||TD|
|14.1.^ – Laws: United States||TD|
|14.2 – Admiralty Law||TD|
|14.2.1 – International Treaties: (SOLAS‚ MARPOL‚ COLREGS‚+)||TD|
|14.3 – Insurance Law||T|
|14.4 – Personal Injury||T|
|14.5 – Product Liability||T|
|14.6 – Consumer Protection||T|
|14.7 – Law Firms by Country||D|
|14.7.^ – Law Firms: Canada||D|
|14.7.^ – Law Firms: United Kingdom||D|
|14.7.^ – Law Firms: United States||D|
|14.8 – Investigators‚ Consultants & Expert Witnesses||TD|
|14.9 – Actual Cases||D|
|15 – DO-IT-YOURSELF (DIY):||T|
|15.1 – DIY: Boat Building‚ Outfitting‚ Refitting & Repair: (Incl. Maintenance)||T|
|15.2 – DIY: Private Boat Sales: (Buyers & Sellers)||T|
|15.3 – DIY: Boat Inspections: (Pre-Purchase‚ Pre-Survey‚ Pre-Sale‚ Pre-Voyage‚ Sea Trials‚+)||T|
|15.4 – DIY: Schools & Classes: (Boat Building‚ Outfitting‚ Refitting‚ Inspecting‚ Repair‚+)||D|
|16 – MEDIA w/Creator Directory: (Authors‚ Editors‚ Publishers‚+) + Academy eLibrary||TD|
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|16.2 – Books: (Bound‚ eBooks‚+)||D|
|16.3 – Magazines: (Incl. Articles‚ Back Issues‚+)||D|
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What we have accomplished so far.
Anchors Aweigh Academy and its EverythingAboutBoats.org website.
- Published over 300 website main topic webpages, many with full articles on the topic. See our Website Contents or the Right Sidebar for the listing of the main topic pages.
- Published over 9,000 marine vendor webpages, all with their contact information, most with a description of their products and services, many with product documentation, specifications and independent reviews. (incl.: Boat designers, boat building tools, material and equipment manufacturers and suppliers, boat builders and dealers, yacht brokers, marine surveyors, boat insurers, boat transporters, skippers and crews, boatyards and marinas, yacht clubs, boat rentals and yacht charters, boating, seamanship and maritime schools, marine law attorneys and expert witnesses, boat refitters and repairers, book authors and publishers, and video producers)
- Acquired over 120,000 pages of product documentation including Catalogs, Brochures, SpecSheets, Pictures, Serial Number Guides, Installation Manuals, OpManuals, Parts Schematics, Parts Bulletins, Shop Manuals, Wiring Diagrams, Service Bulletins, and Recalls. And have made all viewable to Academy Members through our EAB website.
- Acquired over 1,200 books and magazine back issues in our academy library and so far have made over 700 viewable to Academy Members through our EAB website.
- Published over 500 DIY How-To articles about boat design, construction, inspection, operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair. We are working hard to do more.
We are currently formatting and polishing the Anchors Aweigh Academy online and hands-on courses. Our Marine Surveying course has proven to be excellent for both the beginner and the seasoned surveyor, and especially helpful to the Do-It-Yourselfer.
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FROM Donald: "This is an awesome website. I found the information that I needed right away from one of the over 20,000 free articles that you provide as a public service. I'm surprised that so much if this site is free. But I still signed up so I could access the thousands of expanded pages, interesting articles, and dozens of valuable programs! The member's library of books, magazines and videos that I can view online is really terrific! I understand that you and your staff are all unpaid volunteers. Please keep up the good work. And I commend you for your plans to add another 10,000 free informative articles over the next year. I'm thrilled to support you in this endeavor with my small membership donation. Thanks again for all your hard work."
FROM Huey: "I agree with my Uncle, I too have found the articles to be very enlightening. They say that it will take about 100,000 articles to cover the full scope that they have envisioned for the website. They have over 20,000 articles so far and that's doing pretty well, but it could take several years to get the rest. I also noticed that many of the Main Topic Pages and some of the article pages are still in the rough draft stage. I guess that they will fill in as they can get volunteers to work on them. But what I can't figure out is why anyone would spend the time writing informative in depth articles just to give away free to this website for publication? What's in it for them?"
FROM Dewey: "Well Huey, to me It looks like most of the articles on this website are written by very informed people, like boating instructors, boat designers, boat builders, riggers, electricians, fitters, marine repair technicians and marine surveyors. Writing such articles helps establish them as knowledgeable professionals. After all, this website was originally created by a school for marine technicians and marine surveyors. The website is growing in content every day. They even had to move to a bigger, more powerful server because the website's traffic has been growing exponentially."
FROM Louie: "I agree with everyone above. This site is quickly becoming the ultimate reference resource about every aspect of boats and ships for everyone from the beginning recreational boater to the seasoned professional mariner. I use the topic pages on the right sidebar to browse around the website. It's like a Junior Woodchucks' Guidebook for Boaters. Their Members' Library of over 300 popular and obscure books and over 200 magazine back issues that can be viewed online is fabulous. The Academy's magazine is especially informative. On top of that, there is the "Ask-An-Expert program for members where you can get an expert's answer to any of your boat questions. And a whole years membership is only $25. What a deal! I really love being part of this "Everything About Boats" community and help provide thousands of helpful articles free to the public. I think that I'll sit down right now and write an article about my experiences boating with my uncle."
FROM Scrooge: "You rave about this website like it was the best thing since sliced bread. Well, I think it stinks. Sure, it has a lot of good information for boaters, and they're adding more every day, but it will probably never be finished. Furthermore, I don't even own a boat. And I wouldn't have a boat even if someone gave me one. Boats are a waste of money and time and energy and money! They're just a hole in the water you pour money into. If you gave me a boat, I'd sell it quicker then you could say Baggywrinkle. Then I'd lock up the cash with all my other money so I could keep my eye on it and count it every day. Bah humbug."
FROM Daisy: "I'm just so glad that Donald got the boat so we and the boys could enjoy boating — together. And of course all of the girls, April, May, and June, love to be on the water too, especially when that is where the boys are. Oh poor Scrooge, boating is more fun then you could possibly imagine."
FROM Scrooge: "After seeing how much fun you all have on the water together, I regret that I didn't have that much fun when I was young. I've had a change of heart, and I'm giving each of you a Lifetime Academy Membership."
FROM Editor: "For those of you that have stayed with us this far, many thanks. You inspire us to keep working on this phenomenal website. We know that we have a lot more to do. Ultimately, we hope that we can help you enjoy the wonder filled world of boating as much as we do. We are all waiting to see what you have to say about this webpage article. Submit any comments via email To: Comments♥EverythingAboutBoats.org (Replace "♥" with "@"). Be sure to include this page's title in the subject line. Also, your corrections, updates, additions and suggestions are welcomed. Please submit them via email To: Editor♥EverythingAboutBoats.org (Replace "♥" with "@"). It has been truly amazing to see what we have been able to accomplished when we've worked together. Thanks to all those that have donated their valuable time and energy, and a special THANK YOU to all that have supported this cause with their membership donations."
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