Ian Thomson – September 2007
Ian Thomson – Class of September 2007
Ian was Head of Marketing for mail order boat accessories company Nauticalia. He sailed extensively and joined the course because he had an idea for an alternative to inflatable tenders – something quicker to assemble, better to row, sailable, prettier to look at and fun to use. The 38 week course was a way of gaining the skills he needed with the added bonus that he could build the prototype as part of his training. The first ‘Nestaway’, a two section nesting 8ft pram dinghy, was launched in June 2008 at the end of his course. The latest Nestaway model, ‘Trio 16’, is a family dayboat that breaks down into three nesting sections for storage and transportation measuring just 7ft. Most of the woodwork on Nestaways is now completed by other BBA graduates – Ian is too busy running the company to build. His design and craftsmanship have attracted a great deal of attention from the general press, specialist magazines and boating internet sites and ‘Nestaway’ exhibits at most UK boat shows. Ian had sold over 200 boats by the end of 2012 and ‘Nestaway’ continues to go from strength to strength.