The Author

Emrhys Barrell has spent his life on, in, or under the water, both at work and leisure. Starting in boatyards in the UK and USA, his first management position was in charge of building the 72ft yacht Great Britain 11 for Chay Blyth and his team of paratroopers to race round the world. This was followed by stints building pilot boats at Groves & Guttridge in Cowes, then patrol boats and yachts at Berthon in Lymington, and luxury yachts at Palmer Johnson in the USA. While at Cowes he was bitten by the offshore racing bug, with the classic Cowes-Torquay Powerboat Race starting from his marina every year, and all the great racers gathering in the boatyard from all round the world.

He then moved into marine journalism and has been Technical Editor or Editor of magazines as varied as Motor Boat & Yachting and Canal Boat & Inland Waterways.  In 1987 he launched Motorboats Monthly to cater for the rapidly expanding number of newcomers to this type of boating.

He has always tried to enthuse other people with his passion for the water, and has spent his life helping them make the right decisions as to which sort of boating is best for them, then getting them afloat in the right boat, and more importantly using that boat to the maximum.

His latest book is aimed at getting people into the right sportsboat, sporstcruiser or RIB, then making the most of their time on the water.

Other books he has written include Starting Motorboating, The Inland Waterways Manual, Stem to Stern – the Modern Narrowboat Explained, and Cruising our Rivers and Canals.

He lives beside the Thames at Goring, and his present ‘fleet’ includes a 4m Avon Searider RIB, a  47ft narrowbeam inspection launch, with a unique hybrid diesel/electric propulsion system, and a classic 1970 Avenger 21 powerboat, once owned by the legendary powerboat racer Tommy Sopwith, that he is restoring to its original condition.

His favourite cruising grounds are the Thames, the Norfolk Broads, the Llangollen Canal, the Solent, the Devon Coast, the Swedish Baltic Archipelago, the Canal du Midi, the Venetian Lagoon, the Florida Intracoastal Waterway and many more. In fact anywhere you can put a boat on the water.

He is a Vice President of the River Stour Trust in Suffolk, and a life-long campaigner for the restoration of our historic waterways.