Category Archives: Locations

£402,000 for a boat shed – is it a record?

Hard to believe but I guess it’s just Salcombe being Salcombe…

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/6214952.stm

Don’t miss Watchet Boat Museum

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The Watchet Boat Museum is one of my favourites. Just like Watchet itself, it goes its own way and hasn’t a hint of pretension, and I try to visit whenever I stay with my parents a few miles down the coast.

When I say WBM goes its own way, it really does – its exhibits include the wonderfully strange restored sailing flatner, turf boats and withy boats from the Somerset levels, and an astonishing mud horse used for collecting shellfish on the mudflats.
The site’s well worth a visit and includes no less than two potential Christmas presents: for the brave and for those who like to frame such things there are drawings for building a full-sized flatner, and for the more timid a set of plans for a model!

http://www.wbm.org.uk/

The old postcard shows a flatner off the coast at Burnham in 1905.

Flatner of Burnham, 1905

boat restoration; wooden boats; sail boats; turf boats; traditional boats

Willow of Harty, snugged down for winter

Snugged down for winter in Faversham creek last weekend, Willow of Harty glints in a brief flash of afternoon sunshine. If this is your boat, please get in contact with me gmatkin@gmail.com, and I’ll send you the much larger original.

traditional sail boats; Faversham