16 ft dayboat MEREBELLA

...(above)....16 ft dayboat MEREBELLA (formerly project "Thetis") still under construction - launch date now set for May 2020.......

A Custom Service

My business has encompassed both traditional boatbuilding and modern boatbuilding using wood. The majority of craft I build and repair are either traditional clinker boats or clinker plywood boats.

Boats are custom built, designed by myself or others; and existing designs sometimes adapted for new requirements. I have very few "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".

Boat restoration, repairs, and maintenance have been the majority of my work over the years - 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.

Now, in 2018/9, although I am NOT retiring (still having a new craft under construction for one thing), I am trying to avoid further large commitments at the moment - I'm very keen to stay involved and I am open to any enquiries - if I cannot undertake the work myself I would hope to be able to point you in the right direction.

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