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BBA students build a 14ft Broome Runabout

Boat Building Academy students Joe Latimer and Alex Lyddon dipped the 14ft Broome Runabout they built on the Academy’s long course at the Academy’s student launch day December.

The photos are by Jenny Steer, Derek Thompson and Becky Joseph.

Named in memory of one of the builders’ late grandmother, the Honda HP40 powered Rita rapidly left the harbour and raced across the bay.

Designed by instructor Mike Broome, the boat is built in stitch and glue, sheathed in bi-axial glass cloth and epoxy underneath a painted finish.

Joe and Alex added their own customisations, which included a burr walnut dashboard, bright finished sapele laid deck, cockpit soles and match boarding.

Joe visite Lyme Regis regularly on holiday as a child, and in 2012 he completed the BBA’s five-day basic woodworking skills short course. That course, and seeing the boats being built in the workshop gave him a taste for woodworking and boat building, and so he joined the 38 week course.

Alex came to the Academy from Surrey. ?As a qualified RYA sailing and powerboat Instructor, he has taught RYA courses in Egypt, Greece and Sardinia with tour operator Mark Warner Ltd.

In April Joe will use his new skills to travel and work his way around Australia. The BBA folks report that he’s satisfied with what he has learned and the skills he will be able to use in future – but also that he’s sad the course is over.

Alex, meanwhile, is exploring maintenance work opportunities with a charter company working in the Greek islands…

See ‘Rita’s’ photographic build diary here.

BBA December 2014 student launch photos

The Boat Building Academy’s class of March 2014 launched the boats built as part of their course under brilliant blue skies on 3 December. Here’s principal Yvonne Green’s report:

‘Two hundred people including Lyme Regis mayor Sally Holman gathered to celebrate the end of the course.

‘The eleven students came to the BBA from places as far apart as Brazil, America and Bridport, just 9 miles down the road from Lyme.

‘For the first time a father and son, Laurence and Will Shillingford, were on the course at the same time. Will is off to work at Michael Dennett’s in Chertsey, where he will join 2013 intake graduate Adam Smith, while Laurence returns to Bridport, with a 21ft Thames skiff based on a drawing in the book Working Boats of Britain by Eric McKee.

‘The François Vivier-designed 14ft Beg Meil gaff-rigged dinghy made a festive splash of red, crew dressed in homage to the designer.

‘Instructor Mike Broome designed the 14ft outboard-powered runabout.

‘Sadly a strip-planked Alden O Class sloop was unfinished and stayed in the workshop; in order to launch her the students would have made a rush job of finishing, which would have been a sin.

‘But she’s still going to attract a lot of attention once she’s finished.

‘Last but not least is The Lost Tribe. A 12ft glued clinker Fleet Trow. Builder and owner Nigel Chapman plans to use her for fishing, but was taken seriously ill half way through the course. The Trow was finished, but fortunately Nigel is recovering and we look forward to him rejoining us when he’s fit enough.

‘After the certificate awards the students danced until 10pm at the Power Boat Club on the beach opposite the Academy.

‘They’ve thrown down the gauntlet to their friends in the class of September 2014, who move down onto the main workshop floor after Christmas.’

An invitation to the BBA student launch, 3rd December 2014

BBA invitation

This is the BBA’s invitation to its next launch extravaganza. As usual I can’t tear myself away from my desk of travail – because of the need to earn a living – but I’m sure it will be a great event, as always.

If you do go, please send photos you’d like to share to gmatkin@gmail.com.

‘Please join us for the next Boat Building Academy boat launch at 1200 on Wednesday 3 December.  Boats will process from the school on Monmouth Beach to Lyme Regis harbour at 1130.

‘Mayor of Lyme Regis Sally Holman and Director of the Academy Tim Gedge will say a few words before the boats go into the water for the first time.

‘The boats include a traditional clinker Thames skiff, a stitch and glued outboard-powered Broome runabout, a glued clinker Beg Meil design gaff-rigged dinghy, and a glued clinker Fleet trow.

‘We will be delighted if you can join us to celebrate the students’ achievements at the end of the course and to wish them all the best in their new careers.’