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.

Spring’s almost here and readers will be out there and doing it – but not until they’ve read the March/April WaterCraft mailed to subscribers from 18 February

SAIL TRADER With demand for more sustainable shipping, Cat Holman wonders if a new age of sail is on the horizon: Click to see

ELECTRIC PROPULSION IN PRACTICE – Flemming Sorensen shares 10 years experience of cruising in his electric launch:t: Click to see

A BRIGHT FINISH – At Sail Caledonia, a boat built in Ireland to race in the Raid catches the eye of Kathy Mansfield: Click to see

BUILD YOUR OWN 14’ (4.3m) SAILING DINGHY Designer Paul Gartside sends plans for a picture-pretty yet practical trad dayboat: Click to see

HOW I BUILT A RACING YACHT – In Germany, Jan von der Bank extends his home garage to build a fast lightweight sloop: Click to see

BUILDING THE ‘FOREST & STREAM’ SKIFF John Barker celebrates his retirement by building a little American classic: Click to see

THE FLEET’S – ALMOST – IN – In Madeira, Peter Baxter’s Argie 15 inspires a project to get youngsters into the boatshops and on the water: Click to see


In his series on refining trad rigs, after doing the maths Moray MacPhail refits his canoe yawl with carbon spars • Professional boatbuilder Colin Henwood calls on the skills of another professional, signwriter Tim Bird • Designer Ian Nicolson repairs a wooden dinghy • And in Grand Designs, Paul Fisher offers a matched pair of classic American runabouts for home builders.