Jim Walsh – Class of September 2009
At 27, while working in an architectural practice in southern Ireland, Jim realised he didn’t want to spend the rest of his life at a desk and joined the Academy. He had visited boat yards in his area and found there were few offering a full range of services; new build, repair and restoration. He also saw that many yards only worked on specific boats or construction types. After the course Jim began trading as Walsh Boat Works Ltd carrying out major repairs on fibreglass racing boats, sailing dinghies and lasers, restoring clinker, cold moulded and strip planked wooden boats. Jim’s latest project is the fit out and internal repair of ‘Spirit of Oysterhaven’ a 70ft schooner tall ship. He is now busy enough to occasionally employ someone to help him.