Colin has been involved with a survey of wooden boatbuilding in the UK ... the full report can be downlaoded in pdf format here (or by clicking the image)


Colin Henwood is a boatbuilder with 40 years experience of building, restoring and caring for wooden boats on the Thames.

Concentrating on high quality craftsmanship the workshop can take boats up to 25ft in length.

In addition to boat building Colin is a fully insured marine surveyor and consultant specialising in wooden boats. As well as pre-purchase and insurance surveys, he is frequently commissioned to provide advice on all aspects of wooden boat ownership.

When time permits Colin writes for WaterCraft Magazine, runs practical courses at The Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis and at the Sylva Foundation Wood Centre where his workshop is based.



Boat Bulding Academy

Colin also runs course at the Boat Building Academy at Lyme Regis.


Colin is Chair
of the Wooden Boatbuilders
Trade Association

We are bringing together the interested and like-minded, the curious and the knowledgeable, to enjoy a few days of good company in a perfect setting.

The theme for this weekend is ‘Ensuring the future for boats made of wood’. We will be surrounded by beautiful boats, old and new, confirming the enduring relevance of a sustainable, long-lasting boatbuilding material – wood.

Wooden Boat Gathering Website


Colin runs regular course at the Sylva Foundation

Although there are no courses planned at the moment keep your eye on this space for future dates.