Messing About In Boats Nuatical Apparel and Gifts
Since 1980

"There is nothing- absolutely nothing-
half so much worth doing
as simply messing about in boats."

That's what Ratty said to Mole in Kenneth Grahame's beloved classic, The Wind in the Willows. "In or out of 'em, it doesn't matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that's the charm of it.". . . Ratty continued.
Whether you celebrate Ratty's notion sailing, motoring, rowing, paddling, boat building, or. . . whatever. . . "it doesn't matter". . . "that's the charm of it".
Celebrate Ratty's notion with our Simply Messing About In Boats shirts and tote bags. Our designs are loved by young and old, worldwide, from boat bums to royalty. Join us in expressing Ratty's sentiment to the world!
Wooden Boat Show at South Haven, Michigan Family boat building at the Wooden Boat Show
Family boat building at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, simply messing around in boats. Wooden Boat Show at Saint Michaels, Maryland
The Design Works at the WoodenBoat Show.

Shirts & Tote Bags
The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

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Shirts and Tote Bags featuring Ratty's well-known quote from Kenneth Grahame's classic, The Wind in the Willows. One of Ernest H. Shepard's original illustrations for the book complements the quote. The illustration depicts Mole's first boating adventure, with Mole soaking it all in as Ratty pulls on the oars.
"There is nothing- absolutely nothing-
half so much worth doing
as simply messing about in boats."
Rowing Design Sweatshirt Urbanna Messabout
Just messing around boating tote bag
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Short Sleeve T Shirt
Heavyweight 6.1 oz 100% cotton preshrunk jersey with silk-screened design.
Shirt color: natural.
Short Sleeve T-shirt:  
Adult: S, M, L, XL . . . $22.00  
2X . . . $24.50

Long Sleeve T Shirt
Heavyweight 6.1 oz 100% cotton preshrunk jersey with silk-screened design.
Shirt color: natural
Long Sleeve T-shirt:  
Adult: M, XL. . . $24.00  

We also have a limited supply of size Large and 2X long sleeve available, please inquire by email if interested.

Canvas Tote Bag
10 oz 100% cotton canvas with silk-screened design.

Open size: 18 wide x 15 high x 5 gusset.
Bag color: natural.
Made in the USA.
Rowing Design Tote Bag:  

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Shipping & Handling . . .
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Deliveries to Canada add $15.00 to USA rates.


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Up to $25.00 $5.00
$25.01 to $50.00 $8.75
$50.01 to $75.00 $11.00
Over $75.00 $14.00

Sales Tax . . .
6% sales tax for Maryland deliveries.

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We are unable to ship outside of North America.

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The Design Works
9101 Eton Road
Silver Spring, Maryland  20901

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© 1908 Charles Scribner’s Sons
© 1933, 1970 Ernest H. Shepard
© 1980 The Design Works and Simply Messing About In Boats are Trademarks of The Design Works.

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