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.

”Who’da thunk it?” mused the great philosopher Mortimer Sneed. Here’s issue 150 and WaterCraft’s still completely independent. Mailed to subscribers from 21 October; in stores from 28th

SPONSOR SHIPS – Marc Fovargue-Davies on ‘adopting a boat’ at IBTC Lowestoft: Click to see

CLASS OF 2020 – At the BBA in Lyme Regis, the students build their own boats, reports our embedded contributor Simon Holman: Click to see

ONCE UPON A TIME IN SHAFTESBURY AVENUE – Arthur Beale Chandlers sold boat gear to London’s sailors; now they’re based beside IBTC Portsmouth, where Kathy Mansfield went to see their new store:  Click to see

BUILD YOUR OWN 19’ (5.8m) CENTREBOARD SLOOP – Paul Gartside sends plans for a pretty-as-a-picture cruising double-ender:  Click to see

THE EVOLUTION OF FOSSIL – Inspired by the boats of the Humber Yawl Club, amateur designer Al Kicks built his own canoe yawl: Click to see

BUILDING A WOODEN CRUISING YACHT – Even a ‘modern’ gaffer needs lots of string, writes Jerry Eardley: Click to see

BUILDING THE LILI – Finishing his lightweight raid boat, Jean-Yves Poirier also needs lots of string – and a 3D printer: Click to see

PLUS… Colin Henwood celebrates the return of the Thames Traditional Boat Festival • Moray MacPhail brings science to bowsprits • Penny Morton in Tasmania faces more challenges building her ‘last’ boat • Ian Nicolson on the practicality of the gunter rig • And in Grand Designs, Paul Fisher of Selway-Fisher introduces Rathlin, a compact motor cruiser or salty motor-sailer.