Our May issue features the 1972 Rival 34 Wild Rival – she has been restored by her owners with new coatings and her hull and deck look new again.  What a great ocean going boat!

Simon Cooper is a man on a mission. He is experimenting with the use of natural resins and fibres derived from flax – initially using them in his cruising canoe designs, but with hopes to contribute to the wider science of renewable materials as building materials.

 

Here is the May issue in full:
News: Fairlie Yachts closes; a favourite Scilly tender and Jersey lifeboat restored; death of designer Ed Dubois; NI council shuts ship canal; First Class Sailing raising money for Macmillan Nurses.

Classic Coast: Northumberland

Mike Smylie’s Boats: The Salmon Coble

Andrew Bray: Antifouling: Bill’s recipe

Nardi’s nods: the elegant and seaworthy Alberg 35: safe at sea during the 1979 Fastnet

Falmouth Classics, the famous regatta links up with the shanty festival

Dipping luggers on the rise: Efficient but out of favour for years – now the lug rig is back

Teen tales from a Tall Ship

and Guy Venables’ guide to how to survive aboard one

People of the sea: John Moor, Mevagissey boatbuilder

This cruising life: Starting with a slipper launch – a new series with Helen Lewis

Flax canoe: Simon Cooper farms flax and fabricates canoe skins out of it

On/Off Watch: the useful seabung; a space saving towel and making a knife sheath from your old docksiders Shoreside: at home in the Chain Locker, Falmouth… plus the story of Calvados

Turn of the Bilge: Aidan Tuckett on whether it’s worth trying to save an old boat

Anchor solution for the bowsprit: the two don’t always mix well. Here’s a way to makes sure they do

Quirky’s Classic Quickie: John Quirke shows how to build a boat out of just over three sheets of ply

Swedish fid: Des Pawson on the device that made all the difference

Practical: Cross-halving joint: A step-by-step photo guide to the job

Practical: Navigation: Working out the course to steer

Instructor’s tales: A table for three just about saves the day

Artist of the Month: Michael Frith and his bold and beautiful watercolours

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