Welcome to my website!

On these pages you will find examples of some of the boats I build including the Whitehall rowing skiff and the Francois Vivier designed Morbic 12 as well as other information about the repair, restoration and maintenance of wooden boats which I carry out from my workshop in Sweffling, Suffolk.



Adrian Donovan trained at the IBTC, (International Boatbuilders Training College) having previously enjoyed a career at sea which included the merchant navy, skipper on round the world racing yachts and as captain of a superyacht!
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Adrian at work on a Hastings Hire Skiff

Adrian Donovan - Boatbuilder
Glenham Road
IP17 2BQ

t: 01728 - 663858


Boat 1 Image

Whitehall Rowing Skiffs

There have been two Whitehall rowing skiffs built by Adrian, and they are about as geographically spread in the UK as it is possible to be. One is in the Solent, the other is on the Isle of Mull! more >>

Boat 2 - Viking Bird

Bay Cruiser 23 

I am delighted to be working with a previous client on a new build of the lovely Swallow Boats Bay Cruiser 23.

Come back soon to see how the build progresses....

Boat 3 - Cadfael

Morbic 12 - Cadfael

'Cadfael' is a stunning boat, and all the more amazing considering she was built in marine ply from a (modified) Francois Vivier kit! 

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