..... in the workshop - April 2018

- various bits of furniture are being made, by myself, and by friend Martin Chapman who is borrowing some space for a few days.

On the boating front I'm here working on a stabilising outrigger for a friend who wants to use his (Iain Oughtred designed) Whilly boat for fishing. At bottom right you see some doug fir lengths which should become the spars for new project THETIS in the coming months.

A Custom Service


My business encompasses both traditional boatbuilding and modern boatbuilding using wood. I can accommodate small craft, up to about 25 ft in length and 2 tons displacement - larger boats can sometimes be catered for on other premises. The majority of craft I build and repair are either traditional clinker boats or clinker plywood boats.

New boats are custom built, and may be designed by myself or others; existing designs may be adapted for new requirements. I don't really have "stock" designs - usually people come to me to find something "different", whether classic boats or new designs. Here I hope to show the variety of work I have undertaken over the years - and indicate my aptitudes and interests. Craft built over the years include canoes and yacht tenders, rowing boats and sailing dayboats, and the occasional classic "replica". I have the capacity to integrate the design/build process, along with owner participation, to make relatively economical one-off builds.

Boat restoration, repairs, and maintenance are usually the majority of my work - wooden masts and other spars, rudders, centreboards, oars and so on may be replaced or repaired too. I sometimes act as a "consultant boatbuilder" to amateurs wishing to restore their own craft, demonstrating and undertaking some of the work if wished; this may involve providing advice on projects at the outset, condition reports and assessment of work entailed.

I have run the Traditional Boatbuilding course at the Nottage Institute, Wivenhoe, since 1988. I do also get involved in some "interesting" non-marine projects.

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