It is always a delight to visit the Boat Show at Beale Park.
Not only for it’s stunning setting on the River Thames in Berkshire but
also for it’s emphasis on Wooden Boats and amateur boat building and
There is the refreshingly laid-back, informality to the show with none
of the hustle and bustle of some of the larger more commercial shows.
And it is the perfect setting for all those societies which do such
sterling work preserving all those lovely Thames River boats.
There were many others on display which have been lovingly maintained.
And restorations like this Scandinavian Storeboro Mahogany Motoroat
which was bought for scrap, stored for twenty five years then rebuilt
to the original specifications.
Beale Park is also the perfect place to show
off the winners of
“Water Craft” magazine’s competition for backyard boatbuilders.
These are boats built by amateurs in their spare time purely for
The entries to the competition can be any size or type of boat, as long
as it is able to make it by river or road to the Show.
which specialise in teaching
traditional skills were also represented.
Gail McGarva, a former student of
the Boat Building Academy
in Lyme Regis is seen here discussing the finer points of the ‘Lerret’,
Lerret Heritage Project
In 2009 Gail won a scholarship from
the Queen Elizabeth
Scholarship Trust to build a ‘Lerret’, a fishing boat native to Lyme
Lerrets, designed to be launched and
landed from the steep
stony beaches of Lyme Bay and Chesil Beach were used mainly for
Oracle of Coracles", Peter Faulkner a leading specialist in
cowhide craft demonstrated how it is still possible to get afloat using
this most ancient of skills.
Flaxland were there to promote the use of and demonstrate
how other natural materials such as flax have been
used create fabric covered frame boats.
and his partner Hanneke Boon brought the part
finished 27' "Amatasi" to demonstrate philosophy behind
On this project they have been trying out the use of Soya based resin
and sheathing matting made from bamboo.
Smith a professional boat builder specialises in building
Classic Carvel and Clinker built boats.
The boats that he builds are craft
similar to those he grew
The Beale Park Boat Show was not without its fair share of craft stalls.
Illustrator, author and artist
is herself a Wooden Boat enthusiast.
is Claudia’s outlet for her very individual nautical
gifts and designs including cards, prints, gifts, nautical jewellery
and her popular sailing books for children.
This is just a small selection of the attractions which were on display
on the opening day.