My Classic Boat splashes through the million viewer mark!

'Nightfall' sails in the Solent, 2014
©Martyn Mackrill

'My Classic Boat' is the first online platform dedicated to classic boat owners, their stories and their craft. It is the world’s most watched classic boat channel.

The YouTube boating channel, launched by award-winning photographer Bob Aylott, has just splashed through the million-viewer mark. The channel features video interviews with classic boat owners sailing their vessels. Launched less than two years ago, 'My Classic Boat' has already become known as the Facebook page which launched a thousand ships.  

Among the first videos released in March 2016 were, Royal Yacht Squadron artist-in-residence Martyn Mackrill sailing his 31ft gaff cutter 'Nightfall'; the only video interview with the late legendary yachting cartoonist, Mike Peyton and Yachting Monthly’s Editor-at-Large Dick Durham on his Maurice Griffiths’ designed gaffer 'Wendy May'.

‘This channel is about sailors of vintage boats telling the world about their passion for traditional craft,’ Bob Aylott said, ‘viewer Nick Firth summed it up last week when he posted on our channel, “It’s like an episode of ‘Top Gear' only more interesting."

Dick Durham, said: ‘Sailors share one thing in common with landlubbers and that’s reading a rattling good yarn. To date our thirst for good sailing stories has had to wait for the monthly journals to publish. Now we can get a fix every time we click.’

Bob added: ‘The enthusiasm for the channel from members of the OGA, from boat-builders, restorers and owners made me realise that there had been, until 'My Classic Boat' came along, an online void for lovers of all traditional craft. Now we’ve filled that void and had over a million of them laughing, crying and anticipating the next movie.’

New videos will be published every month and viewers are encouraged to submit their own movies.

Further information

email or phone: bob [dot] aylott [at] btinternet [dot] com (subject: My%20Classic%20Boat, body: I've%20read%20about%20My%20Classic%20Boat%20on%20the%20OGA%20website%20.%20.%20.) (Bob Aylott ) | +44 (0)7802 777373
Find us online at My Classic Boat
Watch the movies on YouTube

9 Jan 2018