Welcome to intheboatshed.net, a weblog about wooden boat restoration projects, new boat construction projects based on old-style designs, and boating people and their culture, all operated by Gavin Atkin.
It’s a weblog for boat enthusiasts of a particular kind – those who like either old boats, or new boats that inherit something significant from older generations of craft. The kind of people who are fascinated by smacks and barges, old-fashioned racing yachts, elderly wooden sailing cruisers, vintage sailing canoes, classic small rowing and sailing boats, punts, beautifully crafted Thames pleasure boats, elegant motorboats, tough and simple luggers and all the other boats people once built and used when the materials, knowledge and craftsmanship required to build them were still abundant.
Nowadays, of course, all of these things are in much shorter supply as most people scrabble their tense and hurried way through careers that often lose their appeal as we gain experience of the wider world.
But none of this means that there are no interesting craft to find, or craftsmen to restore, build or design them, for they are still to be found in yards all round our coasts and along the banks of our waterways. Happily, there are also more than a few people with the commitment to keep our stock of traditional boats and boat-styles in being. And there are of course many more of us who appreciate any opportunity to read about these craft, or to see them on the water or during restoration work.
We would love to hear from you about the pages you know and would like to share with us. Mail us at email@example.com and we’ll get in contact as quickly as we can. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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