Category Archives: Boatbuilders and restorers

Professional and amateur boat builders and restorers

Ooh look – boat building folks on the telly…

Will Stirling keeps popping up in things like this: there was the Dove Men advert, a Barclays ad and now this from Barbour. Who knew caulking could look this good on the screen?

Check out the Stirling & Son website for actual boat stuff…

Boat Building Academy student launch 23rd November

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It’s nearly time for one of the BBA’s great annual events – the autumn-winter student launch, which this year takes place at Lyme Regis on the 23rd November. (The photo above is from last year’s event.)

They’re inviting folks to join the celebrations, which begin at 12:00 when five boats built or restored by the 38-week boat building, maintenance and support course class of February 2016 are launched.

The boats to be launched are:

  • 11ft6in Iain Oughtred-designed Guillemot
  • 14ft RNSA dinghy restoration
  • 15ft Christmas Wherry
  • 15ft sailing canoe
  • 12ft 1930s International 12 racing dinghy restoration

They make an ingteresting collection. See photos of the projects as the students work on them.

The BBA folks have published a its 2017 short course programme – new courses for 2017 include:

  • introduction to woodworking (back by popular demand)
  • separate courses on antique furniture restoration and marquetry are now part of the regular programmeafter running once each in 2016

Principal Yvonne Green tells me that this year some 40% of people joining short courses had been on a BBA course before, which I guess says a lot about what folks think about the courses.

 

Elegant rowing boat project for sale on eBay

There’s a nice project here for someone!

My thanks for Fowey boat builder Marcus Lewis for pointing it out. Check on his boats for sale, and  see his website to read about the Troy Class and the Fowey River Class.