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What is a traditional boat ?

Traditional boats are craft of any age, powered and unpowered, which employ traditional craft skills and materials in their construction.


At the Festival you will find the very finest examples of boatbuilding skills on display, ranging from slipper stern launches, gentlemen's day launches, steam launches, river steamers, sailing craft, family river cruisers, vintage speedboats, skiffs, rowing boats, punts, unpowered and electric canoes, right through to vintage sea-going cruisers and many of the famous Dunkirk Little Ships which attend each year. These craft are powered by diesel, petrol, steam, electricity and of course human-power! Acres of wood, varnish, chrome and brass! 


To qualify for entry, a craft's hull must be constructed of wood, riveted steel or iron (not welded), or canvas.

Plywood, ferro-cement and GRP boats do not qualify. (Plywood is permitted in superstructure/decking/internal partitions only).


There is  a "Special Interest" class for boats of especial historical or constructional interest.


In all matters of elgibility the decision of the Festival Committee is final, but if in doubt please contact:


The Chairman - Traditional Boat Festival,  by email:

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