Boat Building Courses UK | Boat Building Academy

Welcome to the Boat Building Academy

Teaching Boat Building and Furniture Making

Our flagship 40-week Boat Building course teaches men and women how to build boats to industry standards. There is no strict skill requirement to join the course, all that is asked for is enthusiasm and dedication to the training. Tuition is practical and ‘hands-on’, with minimal classroom learning. For students looking to work in the industry, there is an optional City & Guilds qualification (Boat Building Maintenance & Support). The course also allows students the opportunity to build their own boat, discussed with the tutors early on in the course. All boats built at the Academy since 2006 can be viewed here.

Since 2009 our popular 12-week Furniture Making course has produced a stream of capable woodworkers who have worked in all aspects of the industry. Highly practical and intensive in nature, the course furnishes students with the key foundational skills required by the industry. Expanding on the popularity of the 12 week course, in 2020 we launched the 12-week Advanced Furniture Making course for intermediate makers looking to work to the highest, professional standards. Information on these courses can be found on our dedicated furniture making site

For those not able to join us for longer periods, we run a varied programme of 2 to 5-day short courses in all aspects of boat building, furniture making and more:

Introduction to Boat BuildingGRP RepairsWooden Boat Restoration • Modern Wooden Boat BuildingTraditional Wooden Boat BuildingBuild A Boat – Initial Set-Up  • Renovation & FinishingRopeworkSail MakingBench MakingAntique Furniture Restoration Woodworking Skills 1-2

If you require more information or would like to discuss which course may be right for you, contact the office on 01297 445545 or drop us an email at