‘World of Boats’ is a collection of nigh on 400 boats (186 of which currently listed on the website) and 300 plus models with supporting archive from across the world and spanning many centuries. At its core is the former Exeter Maritime Museum collection of Ethnic, European coastal, Day Sailing and other interesting craft of historic significance.

Many of the craft are unique and are the last known examples of their kind anywhere in the world. Put together over a period of 50 years they represent the story of mankind and his need to cross the water for reasons of trade, fishing, emigration, escape, war and last but by no means least, pleasure.