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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

Newson’s reopens with style (with a NEW shed!)

On Thursday 7th December 2006 at 11am, the new boatshed and pontoons at Newsons will be officially opened by Lady Anne Wake-Walker.

A couple of years ago the main shed burnt down, but when the workshop doors are opened MTB 102 will again enter the building for further restoration work to be carried out.

It’ll be a big day after all the hard graft that has gone into rebuilding the yard. Anyone wishing to attend will be able to come into the main building and talk about any of the boats currently being worked on.

If you can get there, I say go along and cheer!

For more, and for the story:
http://www.newson.co.uk

Newson's