Category Archives: Rowing boat

27ft Thames skiff for sale

Sharon Day has been in touch with these photos and some information about an old It measures 27ft Thames skiff she’s selling.

The maker’s unknown, but it is thought to have been an Eton College boat, and is dated 1912.

It’s built in mahogany and was found in the loft of the Green Jack brewery at Oulton Broad. The bottom has had 6-7 new planks, and a coaming and decking was added for the Great River Race, but this is said to be easily removable and does not affect the original structure.

It was originally two-oared but has been adapted to four oars, but again it still has the original parts including footboards, rolling seatsa and outriggers, and could returned to its original arrangement.

The skiff competed in The Great River Race between 1997 and 2002, but has been unused and stored in a barn since then.

A trailer is included, and the boat would have to be collected from Hingham in Norfolk.

If anyone’s interested, please drop me a line at and I’ll pass the message on to Sharon.

Chris Perkins photographs the Thames Traditional Boat Festival

Award winning boat builder and early supporter of the Scottish Coastal Rowing movement Chris Perkins has been in touch with photos from a trip to the Thames Traditional Boat Festival. It’s great to hear from him after some time, and good too to see that the event has bounced back from its difficulties a little while ago.

To see more of his photos of the event click here. (You can also find your way to his other Flickr galleries Рhe has an impressive collection of photos.)

Here’s what he said about it: ‘This was the first time a trip south has coincided with the event. It’s rather different from the usual gatherings I attend, but there were some gorgeous boats to be seen as well as a few old friends. Feel free to extract anything you would like to use. Trust all is well with you and yours… ‘

We’re fine thanks Chris. I hope you’re doing well too, and many thanks for the photos! (Btw, these remain Chris’s copyright, soi please ask permission¬†before ‘borrowing’ his photos for another website.)

Dory-like flattie turf boat, found at Boulogne

We spotted this dory-like flattie in the castle moat at Boulogne, and guessed that it must be a traditional or historic type. Whatever it is, it’s interesting – it’s a kind of dory, but it has the look of a turf boat and in any case is an easy to build flattie, so long as wide planks are available.

I’m guessing the cut-off stern and transom are an adaptation for a small outboard.

Does anyone have more information?