Waterways World: The Timber Tradition

WW Jem Bates“There is something about boats that have history, individuality and have been worked by the hands of different people over many decades.”

Last year I visited Bates Boatyard traditional sideslip and dry dock facilities and spoke to Jem Bates about the unique services his company provides. It was a fascinating interview and I could have written a book about him and his work, but I managed to condense it into this little article for Waterways World. Grab yourself the March issue for only £3.75 and find out why people are attracted to wooden boats, how can you restore a vessel that is over 100 years old, and is Jem the only person doing this work on the inland waterways?

Do you love traditional boats? Would you take on a wooden restoration project?