Backyard boat building – The Naida
Iain Tolhurst started collecting timber from the woods behind his house after the great storm of 1987. Then he began building a boat… 24 years later, and after 22,000 hours of work, the timber ketch was launched on the Thames
Most people surveyed the wreckage caused by the great storm of October 1987 and phoned their insurance company. Not Iain Tolhurst. He looked out on the fallen trees and realised it might be time to gather some cheap timber and get cracking on the boat he’d dreamed of building, single-handed, since he was a boy.