It doesn’t matter if you’re contemplating your next boat purchase or if you are still saving for the first one. There’s a blog here for everyone who loves the thrill of the wind and the waves.
While most cover a variety of boating-related topics, we’ve tried to group them as much as possible by their main focus. You’ll find information on restoring various boat models, the logistics of boat ownership, boating safety, and, of course, plenty of inspiration for your next journey.
Specific Boat Models and Renovation
Powerboat lovers should head on over to Big Bad Boat. O’Day22 presents information about renovating a 1974 O’Day 22 on a budget. Flicka20 and Schucker Boats are great resources as well. OceanShaker is a must-read for yacht lovers, as is the Sabre Yacht blog. Catamaran42 is another good read with lots of useful information, as is Element II. If houseboats are more your speed, take a look at The Houseboat Blog. Interested in something on a smaller scale? Sate your boat cravings with a collection of RC boats.
For those daring individuals who are looking for a truly complex DIY project, there’s the Wooden Boat Blog, where you can learn everything you ever wanted to know about building wooden boats from scratch. Find more on boat building at Dave’s Boat or the Wooden Sailboat Blog. Eco-Boat is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in sustainability aboard.
Journeys and Destinations
Bill Springer’s sailing blog covers several destinations, many in the Northeast, but don’t miss his post on sailing in the Seychelles. Cruise from Chicago to Grenada with Scott and Sue, or travel the Pacific Northwest on the Katherine Jane. Read the amazing chronicle of 1000 Days at Sea. You can Sail Southern California or Puget Sound, or travel the world with John and Jean on their maritime adventure. Big Oceans lets you follow Nick as he sails solo from Holland to Australia. Get on the Mediterranean Fastrack, Get Lost on Purpose, or learn what Sailing the Northwest Passage is like.
The Quest for the Perfect Boat
One of the joys of boat ownership is the search for The One. You know it when you see it, and in the meantime you get to check out all sorts of great boats, just like Michael at The Perfect Sailboat Project. For more on buying and selling boats, check out the Boat Trader blog, an invaluable resource for anyone interested in finding the right new or used boat. Buy This Boat is a yacht broker’s blog that’s lots of fun to peruse.
Don’t miss the latest news on boating, piracy, racing, and more at Sailboats and Sailing the World, the Boats.com blog, Torresen Sailing News, Harbour Exchange, Daily Boater, and the Yachting News blog. Discover Boating is great for newbies and veterans alike, as is Small Craft Advisor.
Weather and Safety
Marine Guard Security’s commercial blog on boat security and safety has some excellent information, as does the gCaptain Maritime blog. The New Boat Builders Boating Safety Blog is another valuable resource.
Some blogs indulge their audiences with gorgeous photos, thoughtful meditations on boating life, humorous takes on maritime adventures, or some combination. Not always easily categorized, they’re still well worth your attention. Messing About in Boats, Tugster, Sea Fever, and OldSalt1942 fall into this category.
If you’ve ever wanted to live on a boat—especially if you have young children and you’re wondering about the challenges of babies on boats—take a look at We Live on a Boat. (They do. In Canada, no less. Year-round. Brrr!) Want to learn how to live simply on a boat? Try Sailing Simplicity. Those interested in antique boats will spend hours on WoodyBoater. Boats Blog is a good way to discover new boating bloggers.
The Boat Name Blog is tons of fun—if you’ve ever wandered a marina and enjoyed checking out all the boat names, this one’s for you. Readers can suggest names for those who write in to the blog. A charming fundraiser for a small museum in Scotland involved paper boats sent from all over the world—take a look at them at the Paper Boats blog. The Old Salt blog reviews books, discusses maritime history, and reports on ship-related news.
Finally, you can start your own sailing blog over at Sailblogs.com. Then come back here and tell us about it!