Maritime art – Western Morning News – January 2017

38 week Boat Building course students Gunter and Jerome featured in the local paper for their interesting extra-curricular projects  

Keels and Wheels – Classic Boat – October 2016

BBA graduates’ new venture gets a mention in this month’s Classic Boat magazine.  Matt Cowdery and Jack Livesey, Class of September 2011 are operating as H and H Woodworks providing coachbuilding as well as boat building.  Find out what they did after Read more…

Korean airline magazine – Article

It’s not every day we appear in a Korean airline magazine.  Appearing in the October 2016 issue of Korean Air’s onboard magazine ‘Morning Calm’ is an article about the 38 week boat building course featuring quotes from instructor Mike Broome Read more…

Good Woodworking – July 2016

Article in Good Woodworking about our friend and visiting Boat Building Instructor Roy Gollop and his passion for woodcarving.            

Courses 4 Forces – Summer 2016

Lee Ulyat’s case study in Courses 4 Forces summer 2016 issue

Classic Boat – August 2016

Classic Boat celebrates the class of September 2015 Launch Day. Story and photos by Nigel Sharp.    

Police Resettlement magazine – June 2016

WoodenBoat May/June 2016

Article on graduate Martin Nott and the reconstruction of Diamond, a modern interpretation of an 1897 design by Charles Sibbick, a 21ft Victorian half-rater built here at the Academy.    

Western Morning News – April 2016

From Venezuela to Lyme Regis. Adrian St Aubyn builds a traditional Beer Beach Boat as part of his 38 week training course.    

WoodenBoat March/April 2016 Number 249

Article about Boat Building Academy student Patrick Beautement resurrecting a working rowboat from Ireland’s Shannon River Estuary, Part 1. Click each image to view the full spread.      

Classic Boat

Q&A with Yvonne Green, the Principal of the Boat Building Academy

Hole & Corner

Bella Bathurst, writer and journalist, came on the Academy’s 12 week ‘Woodworking Skills incorporating Furniture Design and Making‘ course twice.  Not because she needed to go over everything twice, but because six months at the Academy suited her purpose best. Read more…

Classic Boat – ‘Daydream Believer’

‘When a wine salesman became a boatbuilder, he chose a vintage design as his first boat’. ‘Daydream’ a 20′ Golant Ketch built by Keith McIlwain and the Class of September 2013, features in Classic Boat magazine. November 2015.


The Academy’s furniture and woodworking courses feature in Coast magazine’s ‘Creative Corner’. November 2015.

Classic Boat

‘End of Year Report’ – The Class of September 2014’s student boat launch features in Classic Boat magazine. August 2015.

Bridport News

‘Mauritius man’s epic yacht voyage’. George Thomas travelled from Mauritius to learn GRP techniques at the Boat Building Academy. July 2015.

WoodenBoat’s Small Boats Monthly

‘Rosina May’ built by Lawrence Shillingford and the Class of March 2014, features in WoodenBoat magazine’s Small Boat Monthly.

Dorset magazine

‘Launch day for Boat Building Graduates’. December 2014.

WoodenBoat’s Small Boats 2015

WoodenBoat magazine’s Small Boats 2015, featured articles about two boats built by Academy students – ‘Bunduki’ a 16′ V hulled jet ski powered boat, and ‘Daydream’ a 20′ Golant Ketch.

Water Craft

‘The Silent Slipper’. ‘Graciela’, a 22′ Selway Fisher designed slipper launch built by Will Hide and the Class of March 2012, features in Water Craft.

Classic Boat

Classic Boat – ‘Letting go when it’s nuts’. Dan Houston writes about new Government guidelines which prevent the Boat Building Academy and other training establishments, from accepting students from outside the European economic area. November 2014

The Lyme Regis Experience

‘The Boat Building Academy – A place of wondrous opportunity’. July 2014

QEST – Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust – Honours for Craft

In 2014 Academy Graduate Gail McGarva, received the British Empire Medal for services to Heritage Crafts and Clinker Boat Building. June 2014.

Courses 4 Forces

Courses 4 Forces (a magazine promoting the MOD’s Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC), an initiative to support lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces), featured a case study about 12 week ‘Woodworking Skills’ Graduate, Richard Curzon. Richard joined the course Read more…

Landscape – Crafted from wood

Landscape magazine visits Academy Graduate Gail McGarva at work building a Cornish skiff for Lyme Regis gig club. August 2014.

Water Craft – Rebuilding a Traditional Launch

“‘Experience starts when you begin’, wrote the American boat builder Pete Culler. Ian Baird’s experience as a professional boat builder began with Yoma II”. Water Craft features an article about BBA Graduate Ian Baird’s restoration of Yoma II. June 2014.

Electric Boat Magazine – Going electric…build, restore, convert, install

The Electric Boat Association’s member’s magazine featured an article about some of the electric powered boats built at the Academy. Spring 2014.

Dorset Life – Boat Building: an old craft, an new beginning

Benjamin Blech meets the 38 week course Class of September 2012, and assesses the impact boat building has had on Lyme Regis. April 2014.

Classic Boat – Gloéy

Gloéy,  an 18′ Paul Gartside cutter built by Dominik Gschwind and the Class of March 2012, is nominated for a 2014 Classic Boat Award.  

Bridport News – Boat Builder earns approval from PM

Prime Minister David Cameron visits Academy Graduate John Watson’s boat yard – John’s Boat Works. February 2014.

Water Craft

Dick Phillips of Willow Bay Boats covered the Class of March 2013’s boat launch for Water Craft magazine.  Dick, one of the people who originally started the Boat Building Academy, was back with us in February to instruct a day session on Read more…

Dorset magazine

Dorset Magazine featured the Class of March 2013’s boat launch in their social pages.  While the Academy’s launches are more about waders and lifejackets than black tie and cocktail frocks, interesting people join the celebrations. Helen Stiles, Editor of Dorset Read more…

Yachting World

Journalist Nigel Sharp joined us at the December launch.  Eight boats built by the Class of March 2013 were featured in the article he wrote for Yachting World.  We’re not quite sure what Tom Oughton, now working for Cockwells in Falmouth, Read more…

Western Morning News – Brian takes aim with a bullet-shaped boat

Photographer Richard Austin visited the Academy to see how the boats were progressing towards launch day. He was particularly impressed by the V-hulled boat.  Richard took the photos and the Western Morning News covered the story which you can read Read more…

Homes and Interiors Scotland

Homes and Interiors Scotland featured Hugh Parsons, graduate of the Class of September 2006.   Hugh is now living and working in Scotland designing and making furniture.  To read the article click here.  

Western Morning News – Building a future based on ancient craft skills

Nearly three quarters of our planet is a no-go zone, which is why someone, somewhere, had to come up with the concept of a boat. Indeed, primitive vessels were probably the first vehicles mankind ever made. View article  

Classic Boat – February 2013

The morning sun lit up Lyme Bay on 5 December, as 17 graduating students at the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis in Dorset launched the eight boats they had been working on for the second half of the nine-month Read more…

Pathfinder – Ex-Navy Man Embarks On Boat Building Business Venture

A Boat Building Academy graduate who served with the Royal Navy for 22 years has completely changed his life. Mark Bestford is launching a mobile marine services company with a creative twist after retraining as a boat builder. The company, Read more…

Escape to the Country – BBC

On Jan 18th 2013 the Academy were featured on BBC’s ‘Escape to the Country’. Appearing in Series 13, Episode 40 of 45 with Nicki Chapman and a boat-loving couple looking for a landmark country home.

WoodenBoat Small Boats 2013

A Gil Smith catboat and a Selway Fisher sailing canoe built by Boat Building Academy students as part of their course feature in the 2013 Small Boats magazine published by WoodenBoat.  

BBC Spotlight and ITV Westcountry News

This year ITV and BBC local news teams joined us on Launch Day for the Class of March 2012.  They interviewed students about their accomplishments on the 38 week course and spoke to Tim Gedge our Director.

Dorset Magazine – February 2013

On a crisp sunny winter’s day the Class of March 2012 graduated in style as 18 Boat Building Academy students launched their vessels from the slipway into Lyme Regis Harbour.  Having finished their 38 week boat building course it was Read more…

Lynda Bellingham visits the Academy with ITV

Lynda Bellingham 'My Tasty Travels

ITV visited the Academy as part of Lynda Bellingham’s ‘My Tasty Travels’ (we didn’t cook).  The programme can be seen here (the section on the Academy starts around 13 minutes in…) featuring Mike Broome, now known as wood turner to Read more…

Coast Magazine – September 2012

Early summer at the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis and 16 students are completing the nine boats they started crafting less than eight months before.  Launch date is in three weeks and there is a lot of tweaking to Read more…

Dorset Magazine – August 2012

Dorset Mag Social Pages August 2012

Boat Building Academy graduates celebrate. Despite the unseasonal June rain the Boat Building Academy launched its latest fleet of student boats at Lyme Regis Harbour.  Students from all over the EU joined the 38 week course which culminates with the Read more…

Private Eye No. 1316 June 2012

Bogus Boats – Student Visas.  Nearly 70 universities complained last month to the government that constant changes in visa rules deter the lucrative international students from coming to the UK and cost them a fortune in employing dozens of support Read more…

This is Cornwall – Every Witch Way

Read article online.  Visitors to the Maritime Museum in Falmouth could be forgiven for thinking they are seeing double over the next few months as a new display features a 100-year-old fishing boat and the replica based upon her. Witch Read more…

Dorset Magazine – November 2011

Chelsea Davine: Inspired by Lyme “Lyme has such a big art community and it was always my dream to have a studio there.  So I approached the Boat Building Academy (BBA).  I asked if they would be interested in having Read more…

Water Craft November 2012

Dick Phillips, of Willow Bay Boats, writes about one of the December student boat launches for Water Craft magazine.

Caymanian Weekender – ‘Catboat Tradition Resurrected’

Read the article online.  A Cayman tradition is being nurtured 5,000 miles away at the Boat Academy in Lyme Regis, UK. There, Tom Sargison, is building a catboat – a Caribbean catboat that’s drawing quite a bit of interest at Read more…

The Week – January 2011

The Week - chels press

Where to buy… The Week reviews an exhibition in a private gallery – Chelsea Davine: The product of a year as Artist in Residence at the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis.

East Devon Coast & Country – 2010/2011 Winter

Boatbuilding in Lyme, a woodworkers paradise.  Lyme Regis sits at the heart of the Jurassic Coast.  It is the point where the East Devon and West Dorset coastlines meet.  The cliffs here contain layers from the earliest Jurassic period some Read more…

Dorset Magazine – September 2010

Dorset Magazine - September 2010

Launch Day at Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy

Saga Magazine – August 2010

Float your boat – Are they serious marine artisans, or simply out to launch?  Sophie Campbell meets the graduates of a boat-building academy in Dorset.  Photographs by Andrew Montgomery – more can be seen on his website. Read this article Read more…

BBC Interview Ian Baird and Roy Gollop

The BBC interviewed Ian Baird, Class of March 2010, and Roy Gollop on the build of Ian’s traditional clinker boat ‘Witch of Weymouth’ replica of the 1902 Weymouth-built crab and lobster fishing boat ‘Witch of Worbarrow’. Click here to see Read more…

BBC News – Club enlist female boat builder

Gail McGarva gave up her job five years ago to become a boat builder Read the article online and watch the news clip. An ocean rowing club in Dorset is having its latest wooden boat – or “gig” – built Read more…

Radio 4 interview – Gail McGarva

Wooden boat-builder who builds “by eye” Hear Gail’s interview on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. Gail McGarva is one of the few remaining wooden boat builders able to build “by eye”. Originally working as a qualified sign language interpreter, at aged Read more…

Daily Telegraph Story: Boat building: Out to launch

The Daily Telegraph magazine published a story about the Academy written by journalist, Sophie Campbell, who spent a day at the Academy with a photographer. “Would you like to know your clinker from your carvel and your inwales from your Read more…

Telegraph Magazine – 16 August 2008

Out to Launch – In a workshop overlooked Monmouth Beach in Lyme Regis, 20 people are standing silently around an unfinished boat. Read the article online here

Lyme Regis Radio

Lyme Regis Radio ran two programmes in May 2007, talking to Gail McGarva, and students and instructors, which gave a snapshot of life at the Academy on a sunny May morning.  Clink on the links below:

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