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Beale Park Boat Show this weekend

Beale Park Boat Show 2 Beale Park Boat Show 1

The Beale Park Boat Show runs from this Friday to Sunday (7th – 9th June, 2013) at Lower Basildon in Berkshire.

The organisers say that this year’s event is looking good – exhibitor bookings are strong, there new attractions and visitor numbers are expected to be increased as children are now admitted free when accompanied by a full-paying adult.

The show is well known for its traditionally built craft, the Watercraft magazine competition for amateur boatbuilders and its race small boats powered by various cordless tools. There are also displays and demonstrations, free boat trips (subject to availability), and a ‘try a boat’ scheme operated by exhibitors and children’s activities.

The Historical Maritime Society will this year take to the show’s seven acre lake in a 23ft full-size replica of a frigate’s launch to perform evolutions under oars and sail.

On dry land, the re-enactors will return to their marquee to explain aspects of life at sea for the officers and men, and for the ladies at home; who will also be present at the show telling historical tales of what life was like back then.Visitors will have the chance to learn how crews were fed, what they drank, how ship to ship signalling worked and much more.

The Society also plans to show a WWII four-man commando canoe.

I hoping to make it along on the Friday – if I make it, I will certainly call on Lodestar Books publishers of new and neglected nautical writing, the Boat Building Academy, and the International Boatbuilding Training College.

Latest Nick Smith clinker motor launch afloat

2011 Nick Smith motor launch Bella is launched

Bella is afloat.

Intheboatshed.net followed the Nick Smith traditional clinker motor launch its building with a series of posts – For more posts at intheboatshed.net on this project, click here, here, here, here, here, and here.

This is what Nick had to say about the launch:

‘See the attached photo of Bella launch day on the 17th April, at Hayling Island.

‘All went well: she didnt make any water, floated well to her waterline, and spot on with three people on board, I will be borrowing her back from the owner for the Beale Park Boat Show at Pangbourne on the 10/11/12th June – so be there!

‘Cheers, Nick’

I certainly do plan to be at Beale.

Nick’s now open for a new commission for the coming season.

The photo on the River Yealm below shows an earlier 17ft example of his work. Lisa is now three seasons old and looking good for 2011 with smart blue antifouling, a white boot top and plenty of thick varnish.

 

2011 17ft Nick Smith motor launch Lisa

Nick comes from Devon, learned boatbuilding the traditional way and specialises in new builds in clinker and carvel for sail, motor and rowing power from 8ft to 28ft with a special emphasis on West Country style and design, and also takes on repairs and refits from 25ft to 50ft. These days he’s based in Hampshire, and can be contacted by email at nick_smith_boatbuilder@yahoo.com and by phone on 07786 693370.

Airborne lifeboat for sale on eBay

Airborne lifeboat for sale on Ebay

If you fancy owning this piece of history you’d better move quickly – the bidding on eBay is under way.

PS – It went for just over £500.