For over thirty years Mike Davies, the author of this book, Essex and Suffolk Boatyards & Boat Builders, worked as a Yacht Broker around the East Coast, calling on all the boatyards, boat builders and marinas in the area.
Over the years he noticed that many of the traditional yards and boat builders were closing down, partly due to the economic climates and partly due to the advent of new materials appearing.
He had been collecting facts and figures on a large number of the boatyards, boat builders and yachts they had built and decided to record as much as he could before it was lost.
Thus this book was written, not only recording these facts and figures but also including some information on the boatyards and boat builders who had already disappeared.
It covers an area from Southwold in Suffolk to Canvey Island in Essex. Each river is taken in order, the Ore & Alde, Deben, Harwich Harbour, Stour, Orwell, Walton Backwaters, Colne, Blackwater, Roach & Crouch and ending on Canvey Island in Essex. Other inland boat builders are also documented.
The Boatyards, Boat Builders and Marinas are documented with location photographs, letterheads, a selection of some of the boats they built and comments on when they started, changed hands and ceased trading (where known).