Expect the unexpected at the Beale Park Thames Boat Show



Here are a few more photos of this year’s Beale Park Thames Boat Show.

It’s an event that always serves up a few surprises, and this year’s exhibits included UK Home Built Boat Rally member Tim O’Connor’s well appointed and slippery-looking home-designed double-ended camper powered by a Hobie drive.  Great, great work Tim!

To find out more about this entertaining and helpful ‘disorganisation’ take a look at the UKHBBR forum and these photos of their group trip down the River Thames to Beale Park.


Something else that caught my eye was this prototype bicycle-towed flax and flax resin covered canoe. You can read more about flax boats at the Flaxland website.


Sam Devlin’s Nancy’s China has always seems to me to be a most attractive little plywood boat. I haven’t seen one in the UK before.


Here’s Graham Neill’s handy little home-built sailing canoe Katie Beardie, designed by Graham and his fellow HBBRer Cee Dubbs. There’s more about this project on the HBBR forum (link above) and on Graham’s own weblog.

By the way, for those of us who don’t know – and I didn’t – Katie Beardie is a character in a nursery rhyme sung in Scotland that goes to the same tune as the English Mrs Huddledee.


No, I can’t explain this one either. If only Jack Holt and Barry Bucknell were around today – I’d love to hear what they’d have to say about this whacky adaptation of their Mirror dinghy.


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