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.

Year-end looms but before we summon the courage to look at the accounts, let’s remember some of 2023’s good times in our November/December issue, on sale 26 October.

ONCE UPON A TIME ON THE THAMES Colin Henwood and Kathy Mansfield celebrate boats bright and beautiful at the ‘Trad’: Click to see

A WEEK IN A SMALL BOAT WORLD – In contrast, Flemming Sorensen joins the small boat sailors on a vast lake in Finland: Click to see

BUILD YOUR OWN 19’ (5.8m) FAMILY CATBOAT – Paul Gartside sends plans for a beamy dayboat, big enough for the whole gang: Click to see

MAID OF ALL WORK Demon Yachts’ new electric workboat also has much to appeal to leisure users, writes Marc Fovargue-Davies: Click to see

LEARNING FROM LILI – Six years after launching his kit built raid boat, Jean-Yves Poirier reflects on what worked and what didn’t: Click to see

READY TO ROLL Designer Andrew Wolstenholme sums up what makes a good trailer sailer – on the water and on the road: Click to see

BEAUTIFUL PEAGREEN BOATS ­– One day is not enough for the editor to see what’s new at September’s Southampton Boat Show: Click to see


Marc Fovargue-Davies revisits the recreation of the Sutton Hoo Ship • Boatbuilder John Meachen builds a better rudder • Moray MacPhail considers ways to tame the bowsprit • Much too early for Reviews to be suggesting Christmas presents, of course • Ian Nicolson on what makes good guard rails • And in Grand Designs, Dudley Dix introduces two modern plywood gaffers.