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Fed up with searching using Google, only to have to deal with a huge, messy list of irrelevant results?

So am I. To solve this problem I’ve set up a customised search facility aimed at traditional boats, boatbuilding and restoration, primarily with a UK emphasis.

Try it out now! It’s only at the very beginning at the moment, but I think it’s already producing interesting results. For example, try searching on the term ‘schooner’ using the standard Google search engine, and then try the same search here:

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Over the months, I’m planning to develop it by adding each relevant web address I come across, and by excluding irrelevant pages.

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Tiphys treatise – the canoeists’ bible of 1883

Tiphys’ - the bible of canoeing

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While I’m thinking about canoes, here are some more killer links made available via the Web by Craig O’Donnell, a man whose Cheap Pages have become a point of pilgrimage for those fascinated by the canoeing Victorians and Edwardians.

I’d like to start with Practical Canoeing by Tiphys. This really is a gem – a reasonably light and short piece of material to read, but packed with details about hulls, rigging, fittings and the rest.

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The much-missed Robb White

Perfectionist boatbuilder and highly opinionated columnist Robb White entranced a generation of US boatbuilders with his unique and often fiery writing style. Here’s a reprise of a Woodenboat profile of this extraordinary man that’s now online at Rudderposts, the Woodenboat weblog: