The WBAC library comprises over 300 hundred books covering all aspects of wooden boat design, construction, maintenance and operation. There are also volumes about historic tall ships and epic sailing adventures, as well as books on boating humour and poetry. The library also holds an extensive collection of more than 20 boating magazine titles published over the last 50 years, containing thousands of articles on boating design, construction techniques, adventures, misadventures and photographs.



The book collection has been catalogued and shelved under the following subjects:

(A)  Biography

(B)  Boat Building and Design

(C)  Canoes and Kayaks

(D)  Cruising

(E)  Equipment and Maintenance

(F)  Fiction

(G)  History

(H)  Humour and Poetry

(I)  Model Boats

(J)  Nature

(K)  Navigation and Lighthouses

(L)  Racing

(M)  Seamanship

(N)  Shipwrecks

(O)  Tall Ships

(P)  Voyages and Adventures


Within each subject category, books are shelved by title in alphabetical order, except when the title starts with “The”, in which case the second word in the title is used.  Titles beginning with a number (e.g., “10 Easy Boat Plans”) are shelved at the beginning of the subject group.


The book catalogue includes a photo of the front cover, the title, author, and (for most books) a brief summary.  The catalogue can be accessed by clicking on the PDF logo at the bottom of this page.


The catalogue can be  searched for title, author, subject or key words using your computer’s “Control F” function.


Smart phone users:


How to Search a PDF on iPhone

  1. Launch iBooks from your iPhone home screen.

  2. Open the PDF file that you wish to search by tapping on the file.

  3. Then tap the magnifying glass that is the upper end on the right side.

  4. Type the text or term that you want to search for, then you can click on the search section of the keyboard.


How to Search Text in PDF on Android App PDFelement

  1. Step 1: Download and Launch PDFelement Android App.

  2. Step 2: Import Your PDF File.

  3. Step 3: Open your PDF file and tap on the magnifier glass.

  4. Step 4: Enter keywords you want to search in the PDF, all searched results will be listed.




To borrow a book, record the following information on the Library whiteboard:

  • Book number (located on the inside cover, or 1st or 2nd page)

  • Member’s name;

  • Date borrowed.  

Returned books should be placed in the “Book Return” box and the return date recorded on the whiteboard.



Details of WBAC’s magazine collection will be available soon.

Download the library catalogue by clicking on PDF logo. Downloading takes a few moments to complete. 


Dermot has completed refurbishing the library and cataloguing the books and magazines. You can now access the details above.