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.

Glad tidings for those who think 2022 has lasted far too long:WaterCraft starts 2023 early with our family-friendly January/February issue on sale from 15 December.

DOUARNENEZ ‘22 Despite setbacks financial and political, the great French festival returned more welcoming than ever: Click to see

SHARING THE SECRET – How the students at Circles Alternative Education are building a modern gaff cutter – from a CNC-cut kit: Click to see

BUILD YOUR OWN 25’6” (7.8m) SAILING SCOW –Designer Paul Gartside sends full plans for a versatile shoaldraft cruising yacht: Click to see

ANOTHER TWO YEARS LATER Despite the Doldrums of lockdowns, in Australia Dick Bedell continues building his Gartside launch:  Click to see

BEFORE YOU BEGIN – From New Zealand, amateur builder Ian Allen offers advice and encouragement to putative backyard boatwrights: Click to see

SMALL BOATS, BIG ADVENTURES Cat Holman picks nine dayboats under 16’ (4.9m) you can buy or build to get all the family afloat: Click to see

THE SHOCK OF THE OLD – Moray MacPhail has seen the future of masts for traditional craft and it’s looking black – black as carbon fibre: Click to see


Taking Stock: Colin Henwood of the WBTA assesses the viability of traditional boatbuilding • In Tasmania Penny Morton prepares her Weekender for February’s Hobart Wooden Boat Show • Designer Ian Nicolson repairs a GRP dinghy • Colin Evans introduces his new Mystery 14 • And a fashionista models what the well-dressed shipwright will be wearing this winter.