BOAT MUSEUM

The museum is part of Watchet Visitor Centre and celebrates the history of flatner boats local to this area.

These boats were used on the shores of the Bristol Channel, where the tides go out a great distance, exposing mud flats. A flatner is a double ended, flat bottomed boat with no keel designed to navigate such waters.

Fishermen would go out when the flats were submerged but try to follow the channels running through the mud to minimise the chance of getting stranded as the tide ebbed. The Museum is run by the Friends of the Flatner Association.

Did you know? The building that houses the Boat Museum was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It started life as a goods shed built in 1862 as the terminus for the Bristol and Exeter Railway.