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.

After building all those boats in lockdowns, this must be the year of launchings. We launch 2022 with our January/February issue, mailed to subscribers across the world from 10 December.

STARTING THEM YOUNG – Kathy Mansfield discovers how the scows of the Lymington River Class bridge the generation gap: Click to see

CLASS OF 2020 – After lethargy in lockdown, our contributor Simon Holman and his fellow BBA students must race to the finish: Click to see

• BOATBUILDING TRAINING AT PORTSMOUTH’S HISTORIC DOCKYARD – The setting could not be more appropriate for learning the skills, writes our boatbuilding instructor, Dick Phillips: Click to see

BUILD YOUR OWN 20’ (6m) PRACTICAL MOTORBOAT Paul Gartside sends plans for a salty little craft that sailors will like too:  Click to see

THROWING THE BOAT AT THE WATER – In Scotland, amateur builder Rory Cowan makes an American Whitehall to race the St Ayles Skiffs: Click to see

THE OUTDOOR BOAT Without a hint of indelicacy, the editor describes the concept and construction of mating companion hatches: Click to see

3D PRINTING FOR BOATBUILDERS – Moray MacPhail has seen the future and it works – well, some of the time: Click to see

PLUS… After health scares, forest fires and lockdowns, Penny Morton begins to make progress again building her ‘last’ boat • Since W134, Jerry Eardley has detailed the build of a modern gaffer; here he assesses what worked and what didn’t • Ian Nicolson on the voluminous virtues of raised topsides • Grand Designs: Andrew Wolstenholme introduces his latest lissome launch for Star Yachts