Founded in 1997 by Pete Greenfield, previously editor of Classic Boat and The Boatman, WaterCraft magazine is an independent international bi-monthly. It’s aimed at the boat enthusiasts who want to do it, not dream about it, presenting appealing boat designs from around the world and practical articles about all aspects of boatbuilding, in the boatyard and in the backyard. WaterCraft regularly features wooden boats and ‘green’ boats, with plans for home boatbuilders in every issue. WaterCraft looks at tradition for information, not replication and to the future for inspiration and innovation.

Summertime – and the living is uneasy. Fortunately, WaterCraft offers affordable boats and boating in our July/August issue, in the mail to subscribers around the world from 20 June.

LADY OF THE LAKES Dick Phillips joins Kevin Halcrow of Lakeland Wooden Boats for the very first sail of his new Haven 12: Click to see

SWALLOW & AMAZON – Neville Khambatta welcomes two movie stars to the hire fleet at Hunter’s Yard on the Norfolk Broads: Click to see

BUILD YOUR OWN 20’ (6m) SEAGOING CANOE – Designer Paul Gartside presents a canoe yawl in the fine tradition of George Holmes: Click to see

FISHING SMACK REBUILD Richard Pattison tells Cat Holman how they restored Varuna, built for a short working life 128 years ago: Click to see

BUILDING A TUNNEL-STERN LAUNCH – Graham Hayes revisits a William Atkin design for a shoaldraft dayboat for very shallow waters: Click to see

THE EVOLUTION OF PERIWINKLE Ross Lillistone describes how his well-proven Phoenix 3 dinghy led to his cat-ketch rigged periauger: Click to see

GRAND DESIGNS – Matt Newland of Swallow Yachts introduces his new addition to their BayCruiser range: a 32-footer built in wood: Click to see


Kathy Mansfield seeks out the Tela, a boat for R & R: Raids & Recreation • Dick Phillips tests WEST’s clear epoxy hardener • Still reducing weight aloft, Moray MacPhail makes room at the top • Ellen Massey-Leonard has more South Seas adventures with Dinghy • Designer Ian Nicolson on better toerails • And David Bewick of the Old Gaffers knows where to find your nearest slip.