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.

Boats pretty and practical; many built from pre-cut kits ideal for first timers.If you’re a first time WaterCraft reader, ask for our pretty and practical May/June issue in newsagents from 28 April.

LILI ON LAC LEMAN – Jean-Yves Poirier’s kit-built, lightweight raid boat’s maiden cruise on Europe’s largest lake: Click to see

FLAT-PACKED FLEET – Cat and Si Holman visit Fyne Boat Kits, the UK’s prolific producers of pre-cut kits for home builders: Click to see

• WOODEN BOAT GATHERING – Colin Henwood looks forward to meeting fellow enthusiasts at the Windermere Jetty Museum in May: Click to see

BUILD YOUR OWN 15’ (4.5m) OUTBOARD RUNABOUT Paul Gartside sends full plans for a fun boat just made for two:  Click to see

BUILDING TRADITIONALLY – Nigel Sharp meets Jonathan Sheldon, amateur builder of two of Paul Gartside’s exquisite sailing dinghies: Click to see

A STAR TO SAIL HER BY Skilled woodworker Nick Barberton chose to build his Francois Vivier Seil from a Jordan Boats kit: Click to see

SCANTLINGS FOR MODERN WOODEN BOATS – Naval architect Julian Wolfram explains how to get the sizes right: Click to see


Penny Morton’s Weekender build perseveres despite the worst setback • Ellen Massey-Leonard dives deep in the South Seas • Moray MacPhail considers alternative happy endings for your standing rigging • Ian Nicolson on stopping the rot • The Holmans test drive a new electric outboard and Dick Phillips reviews flexy epoxy • Francois Vivier Seil 18 & Dudley Dix Cape Charles 32.