About Britain Afloat
Ochota travels the waterways of Britain, discovering how boats have shaped our
Afloat is a six part series that explores the regional distinctiveness of boat
design and the floating way of life.
It looks at boats ranging from the modest coracle – whose shape was
adapted to suit individual rivers across Britain – to the imposing Thames
sailing barges – boats that helped build London.
In each episode, Mary-Ann uncovers the story of a
different boat’s design and evolution and discovers the impact it had on the
people and communities who have used it, both in days gone by, and today.
Although many of the boats in question are no longer used for their original
purposes, the series shows why they are still such an important part of
Along the way
Mary-Ann meets the people who are passionate about the boats, people who
maintain traditions and are a link to past-times.
Later in the series
Mary-Ann meets up with
celebrated Olympians Anna Watkins and Sir Steve Redgrave, as well as veteran
boat builders, learning how technology and the athletes’ quest for speed continues
to drive design to the limits.