National Small Boat Register

Do you know of historic boat in slightly better condition than this one?

This is a register of notable historic small craft (33ft LOA and below). They are owned by individuals, organisations, trusts or museums. All are noteworthy; some may be worthy of long-term preservation.

We need your help
The database probably represents only a fraction of the boats which could be included. If you know of a historic boat that you think is important or which you think should be preserved then let us know.

  • It might be a local boat or it might be a famous example of a well-known class
  • It might be owned by a trust, organisation or individual
  • It might be a sailing boat, motorboat, pulling dinghy, small yacht, hovercraft…

We want to know about boats in all states of repair: well looked after and ‘well-used’. If you are proud of it then tell us about it.

So, what sort of boat should you suggest?
For traditional boats, almost any boat which is still on the water after 50 years would be an obvious candidate.

For most dinghy classes we need a representative sample, no more than five boats or so, on the Register, especially if it is a one-design class. There are already more than 45 International 14s on the list which may be more than enough.

If you know of a boat that you think should be added to the list then simply send us the details using the entry form on the left of this page.

How else can you help us?
In two ways:

If you think we have got the details wrong on any of these boats, or if you have a photograph where we have not shown one, then please let us know.

If you are an enthusiast – dare we say ‘anorak’ – who knows about the boats in your home area, especially the traditional ones, then we need to hear from you. The Register is only going to work if it draws on the expertise from as many people as possible. Its strength is that it is a cooperative effort from everyone who knows and loves boats.

What if the vessel is over 33ft in length?
There is a separate well-established database – the National Register of Historic Vessels or NRHV – which is managed by National Historic Ships UK. We are working closely with them in the development of both registers. Click here for more details.

Contact us
Send any additional details or questions to us at headed NSBR or by post to NSBR, National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Discovery Quay, Falmouth, TR11 3QY

View the database here