Water Craft

Archived since January/February 2010

52 issues


Water Craft is the beautiful bi-monthly magazine that has much to offer fans of classic yachts and traditional boats as well as covering all aspects of boatbuilding from boat design to building individual boats.

The magazine is full of ideas for the practical boat owner and provides real inspiration for amateur boatbuilding, including sources of boat plans, but the professional boatbuilder is not forgotten: Water Craft regularly reports on new techniques, tools, materials and equipment and every issue includes informed and impartial boat tests of craft from canoes and dayboats through to cruising yachts.

In the trial issue Chris Perkins explains how his enthusiasm for the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project resulted in 5 weeks building the prototype and a craving for sponge puddings; Designer Paul Gartside continues his series with complete plans for a traditional round-stern workboat; and in The Workshop, Nick Coppin makes adjustable footrests for his sail and oar dinghy and Adrian Noyes assembles a professional’s steambox.

Also featured in this issue, New Zealand designer John Welsford takes inspiration for his capable ocean-going dayboat from a west country working boat; Continuing his series on designing an environmentally-friendly motor boat, naval architect Ian Nicolson develops the mid-section; and looking forward to a whole new boating season, checkout the latest events coming up in 2010.

Latest issue

In W130, our July/August 2018 issue from 28 June – you will find….
• FULL STEAM AHEAD – It’s all systems go at the Peter Freebody yard on the Thames. Kathy Mansfield paid a visit.….
• LEADING LIGHT – The latest addition to the popular Cornish Crabbers range, the Crabber 24 Mk V is designed for serious sailing, so we sent serious sailor Simon Holman to sail her… Click to see. • A BOAT FOR THE DAY – Designer Andrew Wolstenholme on the rise, fall and rise again of electric hire boats…
• BUILD YOUR OWN MOTOR SAILER – Full plans with offsets from designer Paul Gartside for a 29’ (8.8m) cruising liveaboard.

• ISN’T IT GOOD, INDIGENOUS WOOD – Wooden boatbuilders Colin Henwood and Dick Phillips celebrate home-grown timbers.
• BUILDING A RIVER SHANNON GANDELOW – Patrick Beautement builds a smaller replica of the ubiquitous Irish workboat.

• ALL THAT JAZZ – The ‘trad’ revival continues; Kathy Mansfield looks forward to July’s Thames Traditional Boat Festival.

• AND… Abbey Molyneux celebrates the DIY Boatyards; In Grand Designs, Matt Newland of Swallow Yachts introduces his radical COAST 250; and Si and Cat Holman make a traditional Cornish fisherman’s smock; plus all our regular features.

Subjects: Boats, Sailing, Sport, Transport

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Water Craft is the beautiful bi-monthly magazine that has much to offer fans of classic yachts and traditional boats as well as covering all aspects of boatbuilding from boat design to building individual boats.

The magazine is full of ideas for the practical boat owner and provides real inspiration for amateur boatbuilding, including sources of boat plans, but the professional boatbuilder is not forgotten: Water Craft regularly reports on new techniques, tools, materials and equipment and every issue includes informed and impartial boat tests of craft from canoes and dayboats through to cruising yachts.

In the trial issue Chris Perkins explains how his enthusiasm for the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project resulted in 5 weeks building the prototype and a craving for sponge puddings; Designer Paul Gartside continues his series with complete plans for a traditional round-stern workboat; and in The Workshop, Nick Coppin makes adjustable footrests for his sail and oar dinghy and Adrian Noyes assembles a professional’s steambox.

Also featured in this issue, New Zealand designer John Welsford takes inspiration for his capable ocean-going dayboat from a west country working boat; Continuing his series on designing an environmentally-friendly motor boat, naval architect Ian Nicolson develops the mid-section; and looking forward to a whole new boating season, checkout the latest events coming up in 2010.

  • First Issue: January/February 2010
  • Latest Issue: July/ August 2018
  • Issue Count: 52
  • Published: Bi-monthly

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