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.
It’s that time of year: enjoying the last of our boating season while we can; getting organised for the boatbuilding season ahead when we can’t. We cover both in the September/October, on sale from 25 August.
• WHISPER – Yes, our first powerboat on the cover – because it’s the first production motorboat in wood Dick Phillips has seen in… ages: Click to see
• SUN, SEA & SMALL BOATS – In Greece, boatbuilding in lockdown became the catalyst for the Galaxidi Islands Regatta, says Cat Holman: Click to see
• THE LADY AND THE TRAMP – How the lady, Caroline Kocel and Ben the boatbuilder rowed his skiff Tramp through France to the Med: Click to see
• BUILD YOUR OWN 15’ (4.6m) LIGHT SKIFF – The Cornish call her a Flash Boat, designer Paul Gartside calls her his best rowing boat yet: Click to see
• WOODEN BOAT WEEKEND – Organiser Colin Henwood and visitor Kathy Mansfield recall the first WBTA Gathering at Windermere Jetty: Click to see
• SETTING UP SHOP – Enthusiastic amateur builder Stephen Forster reflects on how, where and which tools he uses to build his boats: Click to see
• GRAND DESIGNS – A cute boat for the kids and a versatile tender: we asked John Harris of Chesapeake Light Craft all about his Eastport Pram: Click to see
Making A Big Impression: Marc Fovargue Davies visits the re-creation of the Saxon burial ship at Sutton Hoo • How boatbuilder Geoff Bowker cured the rot at the foot of his dayboat’s mast • Naval architect Julian Wolfram on how much is useful strength and how much just extra weight • Designer Ian Nicolson makes the case for simple wooden masts • And the editor looks forward to new wooden boats at the Southampton Boat Show..