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AFFORDABLE CLASSIC GP14

Jack Holt (1912–1995) was one of the most prolific designers of performance dinghies of all time and made a massive contribution to post-war sailing. With early support from Yachting World magazine, he pioneered hard-chine hulls designed for building in marine plywood by DIY sailors and professional alike.

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June 2020

FOUND IN A BARN

It was a dream come true when boatbuilder Donn Costanzo uncovered this flawlessly restored 1947 Sparkman & Stephens sloop

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June 2020

Folkboat FIRST CHANNEL CROSSING

James Visick and a blissfully ignorant landlubber pal take off from Lymington for the calvados and croissants of Cherbourg

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Classic Boat
June 2020

AT HOME WITH TOM CUNLIFFE

From planning a post-isolation cruise to re-imagining classic board games with a nautical slant, Tom has a number of creative suggestions to make the most of lockdown

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Classic Boat
June 2020

Saving the past

Commodore of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships on the postponed Dunkirk return

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June 2020

TORPEDO STYLE

Hotel president John Boulton Simpson ordered this Fay and Bowen-built torpedo-stern boat during the First World War – over a century later she is back on Lake George, where she started life

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June 2020

A time for reminiscing

Sadly, sailing is not officially designated a vital service

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June 2020

The Last Days Of Junk

Amid safety and environmental concerns, the traditional Vietnamese junk is being phased out. Those wishing to experience this sliver of sailing history must act fast...

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April 2020

LOCAL HERO

After a lifetime in the Scillies, Kathleen is safe in the hands of a friend of the family that sailed her for over a century

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April 2020

Whooper Still breaking the mould

Jack Laurent Giles’ spirit of innovation is plain to see in this unique design created with no consideration for rating rules

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April 2020

LADY ASTOR'S ELECTRIC CANOE

Originally costing more than a typical house, Liddesdale was something of a luxury item. She is back to her former glory and ready once more to take passengers silently down the river

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April 2020

BUYING AND SELLING A BOAT

Former CB editor and regular contributor Nic Compton is a serial boat-owner. Here, he tells us some of the lessons he has learned

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April 2020

STORM FORCE

Kirawan famously won the windy 1936 Bermuda Race – now she’s restored and ready to do it again

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April 2020

A life of love and adventure

Margaret Dye looks back on her cruising exploits in a 16ft Wayfarer with husband Frank

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April 2020

Would The Fastnet Founders Give A Fig?

Many are still reeling from news of the Fastnet finish shifting from Plymouth to Cherbourg, but those behind the original race were a varied bunch and some may even have welcomed the innovation

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March 2020

New Head At The BBA

The new principal at the Boat Building Academy on furniture, boats and the beauty of clinker.

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March 2020

WE ARE FAMILY

When Abbie and Aaron got married, they shied away from traditional gifts and instead said ‘Let’s buy a boat!’

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March 2020

THE RETURN OF THE WESTERN SKIFF

After 20 years of being denied plans for this 14ft dinghy, the Western Skiff is back. Plans are free and a kit costs less than £1,000

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March 2020

The gentleman builder

Weighing up the wonderful and not so wonderful memories.

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March 2020

Tern III One good Tern...

Insisting his design must be ‘moderate in every way’, Worth’s legacy is a well-honed and carefully considered compromise.

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March 2020

Seagulls: a force of nature

What was the original purpose of these ancient contraptions, asks Dave Selby

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March 2020

SAILING IN THE AQUARIUM

A journey of contrasts from Alaska to the Sea of Cortez, taking in the stark beauty of the desert.

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March 2020

BUILDER RETURNS TO BOAT

An incredible 83 years after working on Melita – ‘a devil to build’ – Arthur has an emotional VIP reunion with the old girl

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March 2020

BOSUN'S BAG

PRACTICAL TIPS FOR THE TRADITIONAL BOATER

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March 2020

Keep sailing simple

Discard the gadgets and become more like a classic sailor

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January 2020

REPLICAS PART 2 THE DETAILS

In the second of two articles, John Lammerts van Bueren continues the story of replicating some of the grandest yachts in history. So far, we’ve decided on a design and hull material

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January 2020

HOW WE SAVED EACH OTHER

A retired special ops man, a lifelong dream and a classic ketch that showed up at just the right time

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January 2020

ELECTRIC DAY LAUNCHES

They say the next big thing is here... that the revolution’s near. But to Landamores Boatyard, it seems quite clear... that it’s all just a little bit of history repeating

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January 2020

Dorade Yawl that launched S&S

You’d be forgiven for thinking yachts always looked this way, but they didn’t – first there was Dorade

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January 2020

BOSUN'S BAG

PRACTICAL TIPS FOR THE TRADITIONAL BOATER

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Classic Boat
January 2020