Getting Afloat with Nick Gates Excellent and interesting series of videos on ways to get afloat for not much money.
A series of videos (15 as I write) on many aspects of sailing and getting afloat. Lots of good advice on what to do and how to do it and, probably more important, what not to do. Highly commended.
Some of the sound is rather poor.
The Frugal Mariner No longer sailing, but the website remains and is occasionally managed.
Dave Selby .. The Impractical Boat Owner A man on mission for accessible and affordable boating.Dave's book "The IMpractical Boat Owner" is now out. He also has a new website: https://www.impracticalboatowner.com/
"Shoal Waters" The writings of the amazing pocket-yacht sailor, the late Charles Stock
Creeksailor The writing's of "Shoal Waters" new owner Tony Smith.
The Thrifty Sailor tagline "You don't need to be rich to buy a sailboat......but you'll feel like a millionaire when you do!"
Small Boats Monthly specialise in small craft
Watercraft Magazine specialise in small craft
Anglia Yacht Brokers specialise in small craft
Dinghy Cruising Association This group sail in dinghies usually converted for what we might call micro-cruising, and they have regular sailing meetings and rallies. A bit like camping in a dinghy. Normally no creepy-crawlies :-)
The Coracle Society -- Small, cheap, easy to build with some practice, and probably one of the earliest types of boat built by human beings. Possibly the original 'nutshell'. "How to handle a coracle"
The Currach an Irish sister ship type to the coracle. I presume the names have the same root as they're so similar. Currachs are usually rowed, are more easily steered and better in a sea. But they're also bigger, heavier and more complicated.
Tall Ships Youth Trust Tallship adventures.
Trinity Sailing Foundation -- Sail Training, Holidays, RYA courses, all of traditional gaff-rigged ex working boats.
Classic Sailing -- Sailing Holidays.
Small Boat identification ShortyPen.
Hints and Tips from Elsewhere
How Tos from In The Boatshed ... there's lots of really good stuff here.
Working The Sails - All manner of how-to stuff on sailing boats.
The Frugal Mariner -- No longer sailing, but the website remains and is occasionally managed.
Fundamentals of Restoration Projects -- A must read if you consider this approach. Understand FIRST what is involved or you may get more pain than pleasure or satisfaction!
Books and Magazines
Lodestar Books do a range of new prints of mostly old titles, many written when language was nicer and sailing was simpler. There are many I have yet to read, but I can commend several.
- Sea-Country -- Tony Smith (contemporary)
- The Lugworm Chronicles -- Ken Duxbury (originally 1973 to 1976)
- Under The Cabin Lamp -- H Alker Tripp (originally 1950)
- Swin, Swale and Swatchway -- H. Lewis Jones (originally 1892)
- Sea-Boats, Oars and Sails -- Connor O'Brian (Originally 1941)
- Catalan Castaway -- A sail-and-oar adventure in our own boat, one having the inevitable beauty of a form which accurately meets function – this is the dream of many of us. But Ben Crawshaw shows us that the dream is nearer to our grasp than we may think.
Boat Designs and Kits
-- precut ply parts and moulds for many and varied designs. (Selway
Fisher, iain Oughterd, Francois Vivier, Dudley Dix, Andrew Wolsetenholm.
and 'historic replicas'.) Kits include only sheet materials, not
timber, glue, fixtures and so on. If they don't have the kit you want,
often they can set up for you, for just an estimated 50% deposit. I used their pre-cut ply kits to build my own Iain Oughtred designed Puffin tender "Ακις (Akis)"
Classic Marine boat plans from several designers. (Hmm, their suggested hardware kits tend to be bronze, so not cheap. There is lower cost hardware available if you're not looking for a 'posh classic'.)
WoodenBoat Magazine A huge catalogue from all sorts of designers and for all sorts of uses.
Selway Fisher Design. A UK designer with a nice eye and many relatively easily built designs.
Dudley Dix --
Butler Projects Plans for amateur and first-time builders.
Iain Oughtred Boats -- Australian site that sells Iain's designs, kits and so on. I'm not sure if they actually represent Iain, whom I think still lives in Scotland. Useful photos at the least.
Phil Bolger (on Wikipedia) -- Was in a class of his own. Hundreds of designs, some really very pretty, some downright ugly, all highly practical in some way. There really is something for everyone. His designs are everywhere, but you have to seek them out. Have a look here: Bolger Boats on the Web for some ideas, but sadly a lot of broken links. There's a bibliography on the Wikipedia page
H H Payson Instant Boats -- Including some of the Phil Bolger plans.
John Welsford boat designs. A range of easy self-build designs that are sweet and capable.
John Owles' designs.
Sailing Clubs, Schools and Charter.
I can't possibly cover every option here ... there are just too many options, so I'll include a few highlights and helpers. A Web search will find very many. Here are some I know and like.
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) in a UK organisation supporting all things boat and yacht: "The RYA's Purpose is to Promote and Protect Safe, Successful and Rewarding British Boating."
RYA -- Push The Boat Out (taster days)
Sea Change Sailing Trust "Making a real impact on the lives of disabled, disadvantaged and socially excluded young people"
Don't forget other types of boating
Windsurfing, Kite Surfing, narrow-boats, Dutch Barges.