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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