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.

Not looking forward to mad March days or April the cruellest month? While we can’t compete with old poets – or current politicians – we can offer you our March/April issue, on sale 22 February.

LAUNCH DAY AT SKOL AR MOR The Breton boatbuilding school always attracts crowds keen to see the students’ scratch builds: Click to see

KEEPING IT SIMPLE– Still in Brittany, dinghy cruiser Roger Barnes reviews the Goat Island Skiff, simply built from a pre-cut kit: Click to see

BUILD YOUR 21’ (6.4m) POCKET GAFFER –  A classic Paul Gartside cutter, capable of longer passages and arriving pretty as a picture: Click to see

ELECTRIC PROPULSION After cruising the Danube in his electric launch, Flemming Sorensen goes electric-motor-sailing in Danish waters: Click to see

TRAILER SAILING WITH AN ELECTRIC CAR – Tim Duffy shares his first-hand experience of towing his Coaster to Drascombe events: Click to see

DESIGNING A SAILING DINGHY A small boat is often the amateur’s first design project; Julian Wolfram has practical advice on scantlings: Click to see

GRAND DESIGNS: CRIEZIC ­– Known for his designs based on traditional workboats, Francois Vivier offers a lighter kit-built alternative: Click to see


Thames boatbuilder Colin Henwood considers new build or rebuild • Kathy Mansfield encounters a very different electric boat • Dick Phillips tests WEST self-mixing epoxy adhesive • Moray MacPhail on modern ropes and where to use them • Ian Nicolson makes sure lockers lock • And in Join The Club, young sailors enjoy dinghy cruising and British gaffers enjoy Dutch hospitality.