Class of August 2017 Boat Launch

The Boat Building Academy invites everyone to join them to celebrate the launch of seven boats built by students on the internationally recognised 38 week Boat Building course. The launch will take place at 9:30 on Thursday May 31st at Lyme Regis harbour.

The 18 students are launching seven boats:

17’ ply on frame Glen-L ‘Ski King’ with 57hp inboard diesel engine.

16’6’’ Mill Creek 2-seater Kayak foam cored composite construction.

16’6’’ Mill Creek 2-seater Kayak with a marine ply hull and a yellow cedar & Sapele deck.

A 19’7’’ Atkin-designed Utility Sea Skiff ‘Scamp’. Hull strip planked in yellow cedar, two layers of mahogany veneers cold moulded & sheathed, sapele back bone. Design altered to accept outboard motor, rather the inboard engine. Sweet chestnut deck & fit out.

14’ Stirling & Son daysailer. Glued clinker construction, mahogany, plywood. Oak backbone and deck.

14’ Paul Gartside ‘Skylark’ lug-rigged sailing dinghy. Traditional clinker construction. Mahogany on oak backbone & timbers.

18’2’’ Iain Oughtred ‘Artic Tern’ glued clinker construction, mahogany ply hull, sapele well deck & trim, with Iroko soles.

The Class of August 2017 have come from all over the world, Spain, USA and locally, their backgrounds are just as varied: musicians, lawyers, construction designers, teachers and a 17-year-old school leaver (who at home in the Scillies, has already worked with more boats than most students).

Students join the course for a variety of reasons, some join to retrain for a new career in the marine industry or to take a sabbatical from an intensive job. Others, like husband and wife Ros and David, both naval architects whose projects included aircraft carriers and warships, joined to build on their skillset so that they can maintain their 40-year-old wooden Osprey sailing dinghy.

Following an intensive woodworking foundation phase, and under the expert tutelage of the instructors, the class learn to build boats using both traditional and modern wood and composite construction methods, learning every step of the process from lofting board to launch. Each student will graduate from the Academy with the skills needed to work in today’s changing marine industry and will gain the industry recognised City & Guilds level 3 diploma in Marine Construction, Systems Engineering and Maintenance.