Build Your Own Boat

Saturday November 17, 2012 Written by smith

Back in 1900, a guy named Joshua Slocum became the first man to sail around the world. When he arrived in Sydney Harbour, he discovered a body of water filled with boats big and small, expensive and handmade.

As he wrote at the time: "Everybody owned a boat. If a boy in Australia has not the means to buy him a boat, he builds one, and it is usually one not to be ashamed of."

The Balmain Boat Company thinks it's time that those days came back. Providing ready-to-go flatpack boat building kits and offering detailed instructions and a whole bunch of moral support, they've got the recipe for a summer project that'll make your mates absurdly envious.