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 a strange season of unstable weather and unstable prices,look to WaterCraft for calmer waters in our September/October issue, mailed post-free to subscribers across the world from 17 August.

BACK TO BRITTANY – With Kathy Mansfield to celebrate the return of the Golfe du Morbihan week of raids for 10 different fleets: Click to see

THE ELECTRIC CRABBER– Since its launch in 1974, the Cornish Crabber has kept up with modern technology, writes Nigel Sharp: Click to see

CHARGING AHEAD – Josh Masters of Lightning Craft tells Cat Holman electric drive systems are the future of boat propulsion: Click to see

SILENCE IS WONDERFUL Colin Henwood on the rise and fall and rise again of electric boat propulsion on the Thames: Click to see

BUILD YOUR OWN 16’ (4.9m) SHANTY BOAT – Paul Gartside has a ‘quirky little boat’ for a singlehander + dog to explore the backwaters: Click to see

THE LADY AFTER THE TRAMP After rowing thru France, Caroline Kocel and Ben the Boatbuilder begin a boat for blue water cruising: Click to see

TOMORROW’S BOATBUILDERS ­ – It’s Launch Day in Lyme and the BBA alumni explain how they built their own boats – and why: Click to see


Marc Fovargue-Davies revisits the recreation of the Sutton Hoo Ship • Moray MacPhail comes down from the mast to consider tabernacles • Paul Gartside reviews Luke Powell’s book ‘Working Sail’ while Cat Holman wears a salty sailing sweater • And keeping it simple in Grand Designs, Francois Vivier introduces our cover boat, the cruising yacht he designed for himself.slip.