You will be well aware of the many videos of various quality that are available on YouTube and on Google Video . The following sites are also of the community building type – but also contain instructional videos, and are worth a look too.
SplashVision is a social utility catering to a lifestyle for people who live, work and play in and around the water! The emphasis is on media which connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use SplashVision to keep up with friends, associates and professionals surrounding water related lifestyles. Users can upload unlimited videos and photos, share profiles and learn more about the people they meet or want to meet.
The French site Dailymotion is about finding new ways to see, share and engage your world through the power of online video. You can find – or upload – videos about your interests and hobbies, eyewitness accounts of recent news and distant places, and everything else from the strange to the spectacular.
Obviously there are videos uploaded on these sites for many reasons but I was interested to search for those sites that have, or may have, a more instructional motivation – outside of these two big players.
I think eHow is also worthy of consideration – a mixture of social network and encyclopedia. eHow.com is an online community dedicated to providing visitors like you the ability to research, share, and discuss instructional solutions that help complete day-to-day tasks and projects. We combine the experiential knowledge of certified experts with the practical knowledge of everyday people to help you discuss, plan, and complete things
5min is a leading syndication platform for broadband instructional, knowledge and lifestyle videos. The library includes tens of thousands of videos across 20 categories and 140 sub categories, which are professionally produced and brand-safe. 5min features content from some of the world’s largest media companies as well as the most innovative independent producers.
For more serious information you should definitely bookmark the following sites however.
Firstly the truly excellent Cruising World site. This not only has an extensive HowTo section with great articles from experts but also from “amateurs” currently sailing the dream.
NauticExpo is a permanent virtual boat and marine show, connecting manufacturers and buyers in 5 languages, around the world. With 1.5 million visitors a month sourcing from over 20,000 products, it is the biggest boat and marine show online. NauticExpo’s wealth of information, ease of use and unique services make it an essential tool for pleasure boaters, marine and maritime professionals. They also have over 1,500 videos onsite.
Jamestown Distributors has been an industry leader in marine and building supplies for over 30 years. Apart from offering a large selection of products, a first-class technical support staff, an extensive library of how-to documents and the largest collection of marine and building how-to videos in the world.