The How-To-Build a Boat Page

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If you've ever daydreamed about building a boat of your own, MOTHER EARTH NEWS has written boat-building articles that can help make that dream a reality. In these pages you can find articles on how to build a rowboat, a folding wooden boat, a canoe, a dugout canoe, a coracle (willow basket boat), a houseboat and a pedal boat. There is even an article on transforming a canoe into a sailboat.

Below are a selection of boat-building articles from our Archive.

How to Build a Coracle April/May 2003
How to build a seaworthy coracle — a large, basket-like, woven boat. Previously published as "Craft a Coracle."

Build a Wooden Boat June/July 2001
Imagine a boat that is easy to build, transport and store. Follow these easy instructions to make a take-apart skiff for rowing, fishing, or just plain relaxing. Previously published at "Float Your Boat."

How to Build a Still-Water Canoe August/September 1997
This simple wooden boat can be built in a weekend. Previously published at "Build a 4-Power Still-Water Canoe."

How to Build a Canoe Power Options August/September 1997
Part two of "How to Build a Still-Water Canoe." Previously published at "Power Options for Puddleduck."