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Brand new Plymouth tourist attraction coming to the Barbican

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A local legend has designed what he believes will be the next tourist attraction on Plymouth’s historic Barbican. The unique boat, which is a sailing mural, will arrive on the waterfront in the coming weeks.

Artist and military veteran Kevin Preston has a creative flair for illustration and is the man behind one of Plymouth’s most loved murals of Plymouth hero Mark Ormrod.

Now, Kevin – who served in the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards – is creating eye-catching artwork on a fishing boat. The boat, owned by Neal Stoneman, is a eight-metre long fishing boat made in 1961. After a long search, Neal found his ‘perfect’ fishing boat in Wales and it was transported by road to Plymouth.

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Long-term friends Kevin, aged 60 and Neal, aged 59, decided to turn the boat into a visitor attraction that local people will appreciate too. The boat is expected to dock at Guy’s Quay – right next to the Three Crowns pub – by April this year.

Plymouth boat owner, Neal Stoneman (left) and artist Kevin Preston(Image: Katie Oborn)

Kevin said: “I think this is a unique project, I have never seen any boats painted like this before. When the boat is on display at the Barbican, people will see the sea scenes and they’ll love it.

“I think it will be one the best boats in the world. We get all the cruise ships into Plymouth from all over the world, they walk around the Barbican and film everything. This boat could end up being shared all around the world. We’ve already had lots of attention from people all across the globe, I’m over the moon with the lovely comments.

“There’s been challenges painting the boat, first it was the freezing weather. Then we had a lot of what I call the Plymouth drizzle. I had to work out and mix all the colours from just three primary colours – the weather affects how quickly the paint dries.”

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