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• SPRING SHAKEDOWN – Sail Caledonia, the ‘Scottish Raid’, always guarantees a bracing start to the season, writes Kathy Mansfield: click to see

IN PURSUIT OF PERFECTION – Si and Cat Holman’s series on today’s wooden boatbuilders meets The Six Metre Man, Tom Owen: click to see

THE PICNIC CLASS – Robbie Wightman of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association introduces their new open class: click to see

• WHAT’S THE POINT OF HYDROFOILS? – Seems they’re the new big thing, even on small boats. Andrew Wolstenholme has their story: click to see

BUILD YOUR OWN CRUISING CUTTER – If you’re contemplating sailing away from it all, you’ll need Paul Gartside’s full plans: click to see

BUILDING A WOODEN CRUISING YACHT: Amateur boatbuilder Jerry Eardley explains how he did it – and why you shouldn’t: click to see

• SCANTLINGS FOR MODERN WOOD BOATBUILDING: Retired naval architect Julian Wolfram builds his own trailer sailer: click to see

• PLUS… A Cat for Rowing in the Picnic class • Colin Henwood on Restoration or Reinvention • Ellen Massey Leonard’s Adventures with Dinghy •  Ian Nicolson on fenders •  Karl Stambaugh’s Ragtime Motor Cruiser