48 The Shock Of The Old

  • Moray MacPhail's series on refining traditional rigs has seen the future of masts - and it's looking black.
  • Reviews & Reports The editor takes modelmaking tools for walkies and models what the well-dressed shipwright in your local boatyard will be wearing this winter.

56 Design Your Own Boat

  • Naval architect Ian Nicolson repairs an old GRP dinghy.

58 Grand Designs

  • Colin Evans of Evan Boatwork explains the evolution of his Mystery 14.

61 Join The Club

  • Keith Muscott of the Dinghy Cruising Association recalls arduous sailing at Ardentinny in Scotland.

9 The Gribble

It started with a kit.

10 Liberté, Egalité, Amicalité Despite Brexit and Covid lockdowns, the Douarnenez Festival was back in July as vibrant and welcoming as ever. And Kathy Mansfield was there.

14 Sharing The Secret

How the young people at Circles Alternative Education are building their first boat from a pre-cut kit. And not a small one.

20 Taking Stock

Colin Henwood, Chair of the Wooden Boatbuilders Trade Association and friends assess the viability of traditional boatbuilding in the UK.

22 Build Your Own 25'6" (7.8m) Sailing Scow

Designer Paul Gartside sends full plans for a practical shoaldraft cruising yacht inspired by American workboats.


Back in w140, Dick Bedell began building his custom Paul Gartside family launch in Australia. Like the editor, he has not rushed the project.

33 Before You Begin...

  • From New Zealand, Ian Allan, home builder of craft large and small, offers encouragement to putative backyard boatwrights everywhere.

38 Another Boat

While for Penny Morton in Tasmania, despite many setbacks her Weekender is almost ready to go on the water – and to Tassy's Wooden Boat Festival.

42 Small Boats, Big Adventures

Getting on the water isn't easy with a young family, Cat Holman offers her selection of nine affordable boats you can buy or build.

64 Subscribing ToWaterCraft

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