Share your boatbuilding and restoration stories

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Some recent boatbuilding posts at, including making a moustache, boats built to plans by Iain Oughtred and Tad Roberts, a birch bark canoe and photos from Newlyn. Click on the images above to see them all

Amateurs and professionals If you’ve got a restoration or boatbuilding project you’d like the world to know about, why not send us something about it we can post? We will of course link back to your website or weblog, if you have one, or include contact details if that’s what you’d like. It’s a great way to get a project weblog or new website known to the tens of thousands of visitors who drop in at each month* – and it’s entirely free.

All we need from you are photos and some interesting words – the background to the the project, perhaps a little history about the boat type or the boat itself, something about the interest the boat holds for its owner and builder.

Of course there’s more to boating than boats, and more to the sea than water, and ranges broadly in its boating-related topics. However, the beating heart of it is its interest in old boats, boat restorations, and boatbuilding projects with just a little of the traditional about them – and so that’s what we’d love to hear about from you.

*As of this morning, Statcounter reports that has received 13,596 visitors in the last 30 days. Send us a story at and some of them could be coming your way.

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Tad Roberts offers free plans for his Exploration Ketch

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Tad Roberts has made plans for his Exploration Ketch available for free

British Columbia designer Tad Roberts has made the plans for his 23ft 9in Exploration Ketch available for free from his website. The plans themselves are on this page.

It’s a very nice looking boat, and the people in the photos seem to be having the time of their lives in some enviable summer weather (we’re deep in winter here in England just now).

There’s a lot one could do with a boat like this, but with all that string to play with I think it would be particularly good for sailing schools and for family outings. My tha nks to Duckworks Magazine for the lead.