Myke Littler – Class of September 2006
“I can’t believe it’s been nearly ten years!” Before Myke started the ‘Long’ course he was living in the Isles Of Scilly with no direction in his life or any idea of what career to follow. Happily a beautiful Falmouth Skiff came into his possession. He painted her up and then spent an extremely enjoyable summer rowing between the islands. Myke says “I realised that the obvious thing for me to do, as I loved boats and working with my hands, was to learn to build boats.”
After finishing the course Myke spent time working at Underfall Yard in Bristol, where he helped build two Cornish Pilot Gigs, a new design cedar strip planked river cruiser, worked on the refurbishment of a GRP river cruiser and performed general repairs on a huge number of craft including the replica of the 15th century sailing ship ‘The Matthew’. Myke then worked for Tommi Nielsen at Gloucester Dock on the refurbishment of the three-masted barque ‘Kaskelot’ where he laid a new deck, recaulked a lot of the hull and fitted out the galley “among other things”. Myke has put his hand to house refitting and was a fisherman in Aberystwyth, where he looked after two wooden ten metre potting boats and a much bigger steel Scalloper. But two years were enough of the “horrific” working hours of a fisherman and Mike went to work at Rustlers in Penryn, Cornwall, where he is fitting out yachts to an extremely high standard for customers all over the world. “Who knows where I’ll end up next!” says Mike.