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Story of a London Boatyard – March 2012

Spring is nearly upon us and work has been hectic since the bridge to Lots Ait was floated into place in January. Our attention has been on the workshop building, where new glass has been installed in all the windows, … Continue reading

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Story of a London Boatyard

With the bridge in place, and Landlord’s site works nearing completion, the story of the revival of the Lots Ait Boatyard can begin in earnest. Where to begin? There are so many different and challenging tasks ahead, but so much … Continue reading

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Full speed ahead at Lots Ait Boatyard Brentford

Having spent the last few days on Lots Ait I thought I you’d like to hear about the progress. Just over a week ago the new 26 ton pedestrian bridge was successfully installed.  Thankfully this delicate procedure was helped by … Continue reading

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Turning that Dream into a Reality

John Watson John’s Boat Works Making that Boat building dream come true I bought my first boat plan – an 18’ Ken Hankinson runabout – back in 1998, when I was living in the Texas Hill Country, and owner and … Continue reading

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Lot’s Ait Brentford Boatyard

John’s Boat Works is negotiating a Lease to take over the former Thames Lighter boatbuilding facility at Lot’s Ait, one of Brentford’s historical waterfront businesses. Lot’s Ait is one of London’s lost and abandoned islands. Located between Kew Gardens and … Continue reading

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The boat building project

Lone Twin’s Boat Project is using the latest yacht building methods to turn wooden objects donated by people from across the South East into a seaworthy archive of stories and memories. We have a top designer and a fearlessly adventurous … Continue reading

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