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contents WATER CRAFT w165 May/June 2024

46 Back for the Future Inspired by an abandoned workboat Nick Barlow re-creates a little Fifie using modern methods.

49 Designing Your First Sailing Dinghy Naval architect Julian Wolfram continues his series of guidelines for a beginner's design project. 52 The Shock of the Old Moray MacPhail's series on refining traditional rigs goes around the block.


56 Design Your Own Boat They can drive you mad even before they sink your boat; yacht designer Ian Nicolson on finding sneaky leaks.

11 The Gribble Dog days.

12 Iain Oughtred 1939-2024 Moray MacPhail offers his tribute to the designer whose elegant boats have featured so often in these pages.

16 Learning the Traditional Skills Jacques van Geen and Roger Barnes describe how the Association Treizour volunteers built the lugger Joséphine.

22 Build Your Own 25' (7.5m) Family Launch Paul Gartside's plans take us to Brazil – via the Med – for a colourful craft big enough to take the grandkids too.

36 Just One More Boat

Tony Darrah thought he had given up home builds but a Selway-Fisher Coble design became irresistable.

42 Redshank Redemption Polly Robinson turns an old boat kit found abandoned in the trash into a pretty and practical tender.

44 Reviews & Reports Wooden boatbuilder Colin Henwood on sustainable teak and the editor on repairing a 'green' bilge pump.

58 Grand Designs Paul Fisher of Selway-Fisher has not designed just one coble, there's a whole fleet starting with a 9-footer.

60 Join The Club Enjoy a warm welcome at the gaffer gatherings round the country or really come in from the cold with the nation's steamboaters. 63 Joining Our Club Sort of... No embarrassing adolescent merch you have to wear but six grownup issues a year to read at your leisure.

28 Building a Traditional Clinker Dinghy Amateur Peter Robinson begins his most challenging build, a 12' (3.7m) dinghy designed for a boat school.

34 A Boatbuilder's Log Colin Henwood celebrates an unsung hero of the toolbox, his Allway scraper.


Water Craft – ISSN1367-0895 – is published bi-monthly on the 4th Thursday of February, April, June, August & October and the 3rd Thursday of Pete Greenfield Publishing, Bridge Shop,

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We endeavour to check all content for factual accuracy and will correct any errors at the earliest opportunity but we accept no liability for any inaccuracies or omissions in Water Craft. No material in Water Craft carries any warranty, express or implicit and is offered by – in the words of the American boat designer and magazine editor William Atkin – “Fellow seekers after truth”.

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