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.

In the November/December issue, we’re looking back on the season we went afloat again and looking forward to the next – in a sail-and-oar boat?  Look for WaterCraft 156 from 27 October.

SAIL CALEDONIA The Scottish sail-and-oar raid through the lochs and locks of the Great Glen was back. And so was Kathy Mansfield: Click to see

SEA, SALTS & SAIL – At the other end of the UK in the west of Cornwall, Mousehole’s maritime festival returned. So did Cat Holman: Click to see

A VERY ENGLISH RAID – Join Colin Henwood and Andrew Wolstenholme as they take Kite to meet the fleet on the River Blackwater: Click to see

BUILD YOUR OWN 37’ (11.3m) MOTOR SAILER Winter is a time for dreaming and Paul Gartside has just the boat to dream about:  Click to see

A HAPPY DUCK – Have young Jessica Skelding and her young-at-heart grandad Colin Cumming designed and built their own raid boat?: Click to see

A WORD ON THE QUIET Andrew Wolstenholme, who has designed more than a few, advises on suitable hulls for electric propulsion: Click to see

GRAND DESIGNS – Paul Fisher of Selway-Fisher Design sets himself the brief of creating the cheapest, easiest-to-build pocket cruiser: Click to see


From coppice to creek: novice builder Joanne Pleasance turns her bean poles into a coracle • Another boat: after losing Chris, Penny Morton and their friend Audun resolve to complete his last project • Only connect: Moray MacPhail refines trad rigs • Ian Nicolson compares sail tracks for wooden masts • And in the Pacific, Ellen Massey Leonard averts catastrophe…