Lydia Blackshaw

Life Aboard Speranza

Life Aboard Speranza

Meet Glenn and Debbie, a devoted couple who have been sharing the joys of matrimony for 32 years. Nestled in the heart of Jimboomba, Queensland, they reside on a picturesque 5-acre rural property. Their passion for the sea is evident in their daily hour-long journey to their pride and joy, Speranza, a majestic 43-foot bridge ... Life Aboard Speranza More

A Journey into the Boat Industry

A Journey into the Boat Industry

Twelve years ago Mat Taylor began a career in teaching Design and Technology, finally putting his degree in Product Design to use. This quickly instilled a fascination for woodworking; he found himself irresistibly drawn to the neglected planes and chisels in the tool cupboard, eager to master the skills they represented. Mat stated, “Although my ... A Journey into the Boat Industry More

Fixing a ring with G/flex® 655 Thickened Epoxy

Fixing a ring with G/flex® 655 Thickened Epoxy

Have you got some broken jewellery that’s been on your to-fix list for a while? Or maybe a household item that’s waiting to be glued back together? Ever found yourself wondering about the best product to use for these kinds of repairs? The WEST SYSTEM G/flex Thickened Epoxy Adhesive is a resilient, all-around, two-component epoxy ... Fixing a ring with G/flex® 655 Thickened Epoxy More

Small Packs, Big Solutions: Practical WEST SYSTEM demonstrations from experts at this year’s RYA Dinghy & Water Sports Show 2024

Small Packs, Big Solutions: Practical WEST SYSTEM demonstrations from experts at this year’s RYA Dinghy & Water Sports Show 2024

Recognised for its marine epoxy solutions, WEST SYSTEM® has been a staple in marine epoxy solutions for over five decades and will feature at the upcoming RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show. Scheduled for 24-25 February 2024 at Farnborough International, the premier sailing and watersports event promises dynamic displays, showcasing boats, and featuring prominent figures in ... Small Packs, Big Solutions: Practical WEST SYSTEM demonstrations from experts at this year’s RYA Dinghy & Water Sports Show 2024 More

A Director’s Boat Building Journey

A Director’s Boat Building Journey

I presently hold the position of director at medical clinics situated across various locations in the Netherlands. The primary motivation behind building “anything” was the realisation that in contemporary times, we often fail to witness tangible outcomes of our efforts. The human mind is a fascinating tool, capable of processing complex monetary figures, numerical data ... A Director’s Boat Building Journey More

Riverside to Restoration

Riverside to Restoration

Could you share some insights into your background and the inspiration behind entering the boat industry? A few years ago, at the age of 28, I found myself residing along the Thames in Buckinghamshire. This is when my journey into the boat industry commenced, with a newfound passion for sailing, particularly in wooden boats. This ... Riverside to Restoration More

Tools of Tone – OD Guitars

Tools of Tone – OD Guitars

I’ve harboured a lifelong passion for constructing and crafting. In my youth, I devoted my time to constructing RC airplanes and mastering the art of playing the guitar. As I matured, I made the deliberate choice to pursue a course in Industrial Design. As time progressed, a desire to reintegrate a hands-on approach to artisanship ... Tools of Tone – OD Guitars More

Building ‘Lockdown’ – A Nautical Project Journey from Design to Sail

Building ‘Lockdown’ – A Nautical Project Journey from Design to Sail

I’ve been involved in sailing since my mid-teens, albeit more sporadically than consistently. Throughout this period, I primarily served as a crew member on various skippers’ boats, with my most recent experiences based out of Oban on the west coast. It was during one of these journeys that I observed a flotilla of Drascombes cruising ... Building ‘Lockdown’ – A Nautical Project Journey from Design to Sail More

METSTRADE – Where the World’s Leading Epoxy Experts Come to Share Their Knowledge

METSTRADE – Where the World’s Leading Epoxy Experts Come to Share Their Knowledge

Wessex Resins & Adhesives will be attending METSTRADE this year to share their wealth of expertise and knowledge in the marine industry, specialising in epoxy systems and applications. WEST SYSTEM® epoxy is the industry-leading marine grade epoxy, trusted by professionals and boat owners for its superior performance, ease of use, and unparalleled technical support. Available ... METSTRADE – Where the World’s Leading Epoxy Experts Come to Share Their Knowledge More

Teeth to Timber – A Dentist’s Creative Transition into Woodworking

Teeth to Timber – A Dentist’s Creative Transition into Woodworking

I spent over thirty years practising dentistry and harboured a constant fascination for crafting wooden furniture and home accessories. My skills in woodworking were entirely self-acquired, leading to a certain unpredictability in the quality of my creations. In 2021, I chose early retirement and undertook a year-long designer/maker course at the esteemed Waters and Acland ... Teeth to Timber – A Dentist’s Creative Transition into Woodworking More

Restoring a Sailboat

Restoring a Sailboat

I have been working as an electrician, accumulating over 15 years of valuable experience within the construction industry. Until a few years ago, the notion of delving into boating had never crossed my mind. Initially, my plan involved purchasing a van and converting it for road trips across Europe. However, fate had other plans in ... Restoring a Sailboat More

Mark Hester, Formworx

Mark Hester, Formworx

I have nurtured a passion for design and crafting for as far back as I can recall. During my childhood, every yoghurt pot, cardboard box, or straw became a canvas for my imagination, transforming into robots, spaceships, or racing cars! Yet, even in my early years, I recognised a disparity between my imaginative visions and ... Mark Hester, Formworx More

Simen Soltvedt – Crafting the Future with Resin and Wood

Simen Soltvedt – Crafting the Future with Resin and Wood

My name is Simen Soltvedt and I’m 48 years old. I reside on the scenic west coast of Norway in Bjørnafjorden. It’s just an hour away from Bergen, the country’s second-largest city. My wonderful wife, Elin, and I are proud parents of two young adults aged 18 and 22. By profession, I delve into the ... Simen Soltvedt – Crafting the Future with Resin and Wood More

Women in Boat Building #WIBB

Women in Boat Building #WIBB

Belinda Joslin serves as the founder of Women in Boatbuilding, a Community Interest Company established to provide support, foster connections, and offer inspiration to women actively involved in boatbuilding. Previously, Belinda held a role as a finisher at Spirit Yachts in Ipswich. It was during this time that she became motivated to connect with like-minded ... Women in Boat Building #WIBB More

Wessex Resins & Adhesives to present NEW series of epoxy demonstrations at Southampton International Boat Show

Wessex Resins & Adhesives to present NEW series of epoxy demonstrations at Southampton International Boat Show

Wessex Resins & Adhesives is set to feature an impressive range of NEW epoxy demonstrations throughout the duration of the Southampton International Boat Show. Visitors can expect an array of epoxy techniques presented daily at stand J401, from the 15th to the 24th of September 2023. An assortment of technical demonstrations at the stand will ... Wessex Resins & Adhesives to present NEW series of epoxy demonstrations at Southampton International Boat Show More

Bridging Generations with Boats – The Journey of Polly Robinson

Bridging Generations with Boats – The Journey of Polly Robinson

Meet Polly Robinson. From a young age, she developed a strong passion for boats, influenced by her sailing enthusiast family, who were also skilled boat builders. Her childhood was filled with thrilling boat adventures, in the scenic south of England and the serene Lake District. One particularly fond memory revolves around her Grandad’s pram dinghy, ... Bridging Generations with Boats – The Journey of Polly Robinson More

Sailing Rum Punch

Sailing Rum Punch

Sailing Rum Punch comprises of Ellie and Ben. They form a dynamic duo with a unified vision. Their goal is to transform a 1972 ‘Contest 38’ sailing boat into their idyllic abode. Equipped with their impressive vessel, they embark on an exciting journey to navigate the vast expanses of the oceans. Background knowledge: Ben’s upbringing ... Sailing Rum Punch More

Ocracoke 20-B

Ocracoke 20-B

Tell us a bit about your background and what motivated/inspired you to boatbuilding? My business primarily focuses on agriculture, food, and related machinery sectors. I serve as an importer and distributor in Turkey, representing seven different companies. I source high-quality seeds and machinery from reputable suppliers in the Netherlands, UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Finland, and ... Ocracoke 20-B More

International OK Dinghy 2023 World Championships

International OK Dinghy 2023 World Championships

The OK Dinghy class has a rich and significant history. It traces back to the 1950s when it was originally conceived by Knud Olsen, a Danish designer. It was initially designed as a transitional boat for sailors who were advancing from the ‘Optimist class’ to more challenging sailing categories. However, the OK Dinghy swiftly captured ... International OK Dinghy 2023 World Championships More

8 Years Beneath the Waves

8 Years Beneath the Waves

Fergal Butler is a man with a plan. After giving up work – as a daffodil picker – he needed a hobby which he could manage in his back garden while also caring full time for his family. He wanted to build a motor cruiser with room for two wheelchairs – to accommodate his wife ... 8 Years Beneath the Waves More

Les Bátar – Viking Boat

Les Bátar – Viking Boat

Hailing from France, the remarkable group known as Les Bátar is passionately working towards a ground-breaking endeavour: constructing the world’s fastest longship. Their ambitious goal? To embark on an extraordinary voyage across the seas, setting sail towards New York. Founded in 2011 as a non-profit organisation, they have been dedicated to the reconstruction of Viking ... Les Bátar – Viking Boat More

Dublin – Annual Distributor Event

Dublin – Annual Distributor Event

One whole year has passed since our memorable gathering in Malta. This year, we had the wonderful opportunity to hold our annual distributor event in Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland! Dublin seamlessly combines tradition and modernity, situated on the banks of the River Liffey. From the famous Guinness Storehouse to its rich ... Dublin – Annual Distributor Event More

A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Jewellery with Epoxy

A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Jewellery with Epoxy

Epoxy is an ideal material for creating jewellery due to its versatility, durability, and ease of handling. Its ability to be poured into moulds or used as a coating on various surfaces, coupled with its vibrant colours and resistance to wear and tear, makes epoxy a perfect choice for crafting unique and long-lasting jewellery pieces. More

Fabio Giacomini – Handmade Surfboard Designer

Fabio Giacomini – Handmade Surfboard Designer

For many people, surfing represents more than a sport. It is a way of life and a way to connect with nature and the ocean. Fabio, a Handmade Surfboard Designer and Shaper, was born in Rome on May 1, 1962. He has turned this passion into a lifestyle that led him from the Italian coast ... Fabio Giacomini – Handmade Surfboard Designer More

Rising from Ashes – The Haven 12.5 Project

Rising from Ashes – The Haven 12.5 Project

Tell us a bit about your background and what motivated or inspired you to enter the boat industry? When I was 13 years old, I started building my very first wooden boat using Geoffrey Prout’s flatty design. It was an experience that ignited a deep passion for boats within me, later inspiring me to pursue ... Rising from Ashes – The Haven 12.5 Project More

Sailing Towards Learning: Circles Alternative Education’s Boat Project Empowers Youth with Community-Based Education

Sailing Towards Learning: Circles Alternative Education’s Boat Project Empowers Youth with Community-Based Education

Circles Alternative Education is a non-profit community interest company. Its primary goal is to engage young people in learning through practical skills development. They focus on providing opportunities to those who are not in full-time education. Additionally, they specifically target individuals with special educational needs, particularly those who struggle with literacy skills. Unlike traditional schools ... Sailing Towards Learning: Circles Alternative Education’s Boat Project Empowers Youth with Community-Based Education More