31st May, 1st & 2nd June 2019

Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show

31st May, 1st June, 2nd June 2019

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Beale Park Water Ways boating seminars 2017

A series of talks to entertain and increase your knowledge of boating.  The times of the talks will be published at the front entrance and at the marquee, situated near the food court. The talks will be held on Friday & Saturday.

Alec Jordan will tell the story of the St Ayles Skiff – the amateur built rowing skiff bringing pleasure, fun and fitness to thousands across the world.

Tim O’Connor is a serial amateur boat builder. He will expound on the pleasures of building and sailing your own boat. If you have ever thought about building your own boat, Tim is the man to learn from.

Jane Percival is the Commodore of the Thames Vintage Boat Club. If you’re interested in classic river craft, she is the person to listen to about what is involved in ownership.

 Rev Mark Rudall and Andrew Hopper are stalwarts of the Steam Boat Association. For anyone with the urge to run a steam engine, forget about the steam railway and enjoy the freedom of steam on the water.



1130                       Thames Vintage Boat Club – Jane Percival

1300                       SBA – Andy Hopper

1430                       Alec Jordan – The St Ayles Skiff story

1600                       Tim O’Connor – The Case for Sail


1100                       SBA – Rev Mark Rudall

1230                       Thames Vintage Boat Club – Jane Percival

1400                       Tim O’Connor – The Case for Sail

1515                       Alec Jordan – The St Ayles Skiff story

Dad’s Boats back at Beale Park


UK designed and made Pedal Boats for two, perfect for ‘messing about’ at the Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show 2017.

A UK Pedal Boat maker is set to exhibit their uniquely designed boats at the Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show on 2nd, 3rd and 4th June 2017.

David Williams (Dad) built his first Pedal Boat in the 1950s. Norfolk based Dad’s Boats is a family run business manufacturing and selling their latest unique design which allows two people to face each other and pedal forwards in comfort.  The sophisticated gearbox makes it efficient, easy to use and environmentally friendly so you can just sit back, sip a drink, chat and take some gentle exercise while enjoying the water.

David’s first Pedal Boat was a single seater and was designed as a way of following his remote controlled yacht while keeping his hands free for the controls.  The drive mechanism was an old hand drill!  ‘The Sieve’, as it was affectionately called, was moth balled in the garden not long after when National Service got in the way.  By the time David got back two years later ‘The Sieve’ had deteriorated so much all he could do was cut it up for firewood.

So, the next generation of Pedal Boat started to form in his mind – this time a more sociable two-seater.  This boat accompanied David on his honeymoon around the Norfolk Broads in the 1960s and has also been pedaled around the Isle of Wight (don’t try this at home).  Designed also with the Scottish Lochs, Windermere and The Thames in mind, The Pedal Boat would also be perfect for the Dutch Canals – just a wonderful way to enjoy the water hands free.

Since 2012 Dad’s Boats has been developing and testing a commercial model based on David’s original (pictured).  This is The Pedal Boat!

Dad’s Boats will be exhibiting The Pedal Boat at the Show as well as their hand crafted ornamental wooden propellers.  David William’s son-in-law, Stephen Pitkethly of Dad’s Boats says, “We are very excited about this year’s Beale Park & Outdoor Show.  There is something very different about Beale Park. We love it – it’s a perfect ‘fit’ for our boats – it’s all about getting out on the water and enjoying yourself and our Pedal Boats are designed especially for that.”

For more information come and see Dad’s Boats at the Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show and try The Pedal Boat for yourself or visit website www.dadsboats.com

Classic Boat Auction on Saturday, 3rd June 2017


Auction: Saturday 3rd June 2017 from 12.30pm – 5.30pm

Viewing Day: Friday 2nd June 2017

More than 20 classic boats up for auction – you can see a few here.

Classic wooden rowing, sailing, motor launches and runabouts available to suit all pockets.

You can preview boats from Friday 2nd June and during morning of 3rd June. If you want to bid in the auction, then you must register at http://www.timeandtideboats.com/bidder-registration

TBS Boats

TBS Boats have one of largest selection of Boats for sale in the UK and have been buying and selling used boats for almost 25 years, with our experience and passion for boating transcends into everything we do with a team of experienced brokers to guide you through the process.

With TBS Boats finding your perfect boat is made easy. Simply browse through our collection of new and used boats on www.tbsboats.com to find your perfect match, and arrange a viewing. We offer part exchange and finance packages to aid the buying process, and stock a range of new boats from manufacturers, including Sealine, Sheerline and Waterspoor to name a few. See them at the show this year!

Ryan Kearley Boatbuilder

Sussex-based custom build, restoration and repair of traditional river and coastal craft. Nestled in the lee of the picturesque South Downs; our workshop enables us to undertake extensive restoration work under cover, and the construction of new craft.

We build clinker coastal and river craft to the lines of historic pleasure or working craft. We can also provide winter storage for craft up to two and a half tonne. See more at http://www.ryankearleyboatbuilder.co.uk/

Water Craft magazine’s annual competitions


This is just a very small, very random selection of the over-200 wooden boats which have been entered over the years in Water Craft magazine’s annual competitions for amateur builders of wooden boats. And over those years, the publishers of Water Craft have had most of the wooden boat types you can imagine: dinghies and dayboats; canoes and kayaks; rowing skiffs; launches – seagoing, slipper and steam; pocket and not-so-pocket yachts.

Pete Greenfield, Water Craft’s editor & publisher, says: “Recently most entries have been built from scratch, either traditionally or using modern methods but we would be happy to reinstate our previous category for boats built from commercial pre-cut plywood kits if we get the entries. In short, any kind of boat is welcome, as long as it’s built in wood, plywood or both and you can bring it, at your own expense and risk, on the car-top, the trailer or the Thames to the Beale Park Boat Show.”

Your boat, along with around 8-10 other invited entries, hopefully as varied as possible, will be on display for the duration of the show because the aim of the competition is to encourage show visitors to try home boatbuilding themselves. To encourage you to help us encourage them, you and a partner will receive free exhibitor passes, so you can see the show at your leisure. Parking is free and for a modest charge, you can camp on site; this year, there’s also posh ‘glamping’ on offer. There’s a variety of food stalls in the Show and a bar which even remains open after the visitors have gone home!

We want you to enjoy the Show like everyone else, so we have tried to keep the rules of our Amateur Boat Building Awards – hence ABBA – to a minimum. The most important are that this is a competition for amateur boatbuilders – not retired professionals or students training to be professionals – and neither should you try to sell your boat at the Show; Water Craft magazine offers modestly priced ads for that. Other ‘proper’ rules are that you should not move your boat into or out of the showground when the public is on site – for obvious reasons – and that you cannot just arrive with your boat hoping to take part; you must have a Water Craft invitation to enter.

So this year, the invited entrants will need to bring their boats to Beale Park near Pangbourne – post code RG8 9NW for the satnav – on Thursday 1 June and collect them after the Show closes at 5pm on Sunday 4 June. As an incentive to come, ABBA sponsors Robbins Timber and West System International, manufacturers of WEST SYSTEM epoxies, will again be giving invited entrants £25-vouchers towards their products. That’s all the invited entrants. But it is a competition, so there are also particular prizes to be won. Not First, Second and Third, it’s not Miss World and we don’t want any tears. Instead, there are Special Prizes in three categories: The Home-Built Boat Which Offers Most Encouragement to Beginners; The Most Innovative Home-Built Boat; and The Most Professional-Looking Home-Built Boat. And if we receive any entries in the old category, there will also be a fourth Special Prize for The Best Boat Built From A Pre-Cut Kit.

To enter ABBA 2017, please send pictures and a brief description of your boat, together with your contact details either by email to: abba@watercraft-magazine.com or by post to: Amateur Boat Building Awards, Water Craft, Bridge Shop, Gweek, Cornwall TR12 6UD. If you have any queries about ABBA, please email or call us on:
+44 (0)1326 221424

Book signing at the show

Three Men Went to Row
Fact and Fiction Behind Jerome K Jerome’s Thames Classic
by John Llewellyn

Ninety years after the death of its author, Jerome K Jerome’s ever-popular Three Men in a Boat is taken down from the shelf and the dust blown from its pages to reveal surprising facts and stories.

Three Men Went to Row follows the structure of Jerome’s original work, travelling from Bloomsbury and up the Thames to Oxford. John hopes to encourage his readers to cherish the river, known as Jerome’s ‘golden fairy stream’, through his book in which we can visit places barred to us today by modern development. See more here: http://www.troubador.co.uk/book_info.asp?bookid=4405

Our reviewer, Terry Lane, says:

Three Men Went To Row (great title) by John LLewellyn tells the fascinating story of Jerome K Jerome and his two friends who together made Three Men in a Boat, in print since 1889, one of the great comic novels of all time.

Jerome himself, Carl Hentschel and George Wingrave became Jerome, Harris and George who, with Montmorency, the dog, rowed their way through the eighteen eighties along the Thames in their Thames double skiff and into lasting fame.

Three Men in a Boat was the first English comic novel that was viewed as extraordinarily funny in its day and remains so to this day. It is written in a crisp, modern style, poles apart from the laboured, long winded supposed humour of early editions of Punch, for example. Llewellyn’s affectionate retelling of the lives of the author and his friends provides lovers of traditional wooden boats that trace their lineage back to Viking longships with a wealth of detail of rowing the Thames in those far off days.

All lovers of Victorian craft will enjoy this enjoyable and well researched book. Recommended.

The Dunkirk Little Ships Restoration Trust

In 1993 the Dunkirk Little Ships Restoration Trust was set up with the object of conservation, restoration and display of Little Ships, linked with the preservation of the boat building skills necessary to achieve this by

(a) Acquiring Little Ships in danger of destruction and removing them to a place of safety;

(b) Advancing the education of the public in boat building and conservation skills by all means within our power whilst restoring the Little Ships in our possession.

In May 1993 charitable status was granted and the work began.

This year the Trust will be bringing a number of Dunkirk Little Ships to the show, such as Caresana as shown above. Built in 1933 in Cowes for the RNLI as the Charles Cooper Henderson she was the first of the 41 ft. beach motor lifeboats with twin 30 h.p. petrol engines to replace the pulling and sailing lifeboats and based at Dungeness.

During her forty three years of service she took part in 171 rescues and saved 63 lives and was one of the longest ever serving lifeboats.

During the second World War, in 1940 she, along with nineteen other RNLI lifeboats and some 700 yachts, tugs, and small craft of all sorts, was taken over by the Royal Navy to take part in Operation Dynamo to help rescue British and French troops trapped on the beaches at Dunkirk. No log of the rescue was kept but she was eventually discovered by the Margate lifeboat and towed back damaged with four naval ratings on board.

In 1977 she was retired, renamed Caresana and rebuilt into a motor yacht with accommodation for eight and the petrol engines were replaced with diesels.

She had a number of owners and by 2009 was in a very poor condition on the beach at Leigh on Sea and after lengthy negotiations she was transferred to the Dunkirk Little Ships Restoration Trust in 2011. She was moved ashore at Canvey Island where considerable work had to be carried out on the hull to enable her to be towed to Dennis Cox’s moorings at Shepperton where a comprehensive restoration was undertaken by Dennis and a small team of helpers.

The whole of the superstructure has been removed, the deck beams replaced and a new cabin top built. This was followed by overhauling the engines and rebuilding the interior including new plumbing with a complete rewiring and a new galley. This took nearly five years and countless man hours of dedicated work. By October 2016 the end was coming in sight with the interior largely refitted, settee cushions recovered and just a slipping for the underwater work and topside painting to be completed so we celebrated Dennis’ 80th birthday in style.

Sadly, at Christmas Dennis suffered a major heart attack and died in the new year. Other members of the Trust have taken on the job of finishing the work as Dennis would have wanted and on completion she will be rededicated at the beginning of September and renamed Dennis John Cox in memory of the man who saved her. Then she will have to be sold to raise funds for the next Little Ship in trouble

In the meantime, the remainder of the internal work will be finished, she will be slipped at the end of June for the underwater work and topsides to be painted.

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