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BBA class of September 2015 launch their boats on the 9th June

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A date for your diary: the Boat Building Academy has sent out an invitation to the next student launch on Thursday the 9th June.

This season’s crop of boats include:

  • 11ft 6in Iain Oughtred Guillemot
  • 17ft International Canoe
  • 19ft Replica of a traditional Beer Beach Boat
  • 20ft Paul Gartside daysailer Terror
  • 21ft 6in Gil Smith South-Bay Catboat

If anyone is able to get along and to send me some photos, please do! Email me at gmatkin@gmail.com . Thanks!

BBA students build a Herreshoff 12½

Boat Building Academy students have built a gaff rigged strip-planked Herreshoff 12½ for the first time at the December student launch last year.

Built of western red cedar and sheathed inside and out with two layers of biaxial glass cloth and epoxy resin, she has a laminated sapele stem, hog, keel and deadwood, and a lead ballast keel, and was built by Steven Adler, Mark Dumble and the class.

Steven already owned a large cruising yacht and wanted a classic example of an early 20th century day sailer, so he chose to build a boat to the Herreshoff 12½ plans bought from Mystic Seaport museum. The plans drawn by the legendary Nat Herreshoff were lofted by the students.

The 1914 designed Herreshoff 12½  was intended to be carvel built, with planking on steamed timbers.

Steven is a retired information technology professional, and came to the BBA as a student from Australia in order to fulfil a dream of building his own boat.

Steven has now returned to Australia with his boat, which is amed Larrikin of Lyme (‘larrikin’ is an Australian word describing a person who ‘acts with apparently careless disregard for social or political conventions’).

Mark Dumble from New Zealand worked alongside Steven on the project. Mark and his father built New Zealand’s first custom-built backpacker hostel at Lake Taupo, which he then ran for 18 years, and created a marketing network to promote the backpacking industry, which grew into New Zealand’s largest hostel network.

Mark learned about the Boat Building Academy’s courses during a visit to the Southampton Boat Show in 2014. He enjoys sailing and having admired the craftsmanship of wooden boats for many years came to the academy to learn boatbuilding skills for himself.

While at the Academy, Mark enjoyed playing his ukulele with The Luggers – a Lyme Regis ukulele band, who performed with Mark at the class’ launch party to celebrate their achievements.

Since graduating, Mark has returned to New Zealand where he will use his new skills to restore a yacht he owns, before choosing a boat design to loft and build for fishing.

See the build diary here and click here for further details about the 38 week BBA course on boat building, maintenance and support.

 

Boat Building Academy students launch a traditional Norwegian faering

Back in December a bunch of proud Boat Building Academy class members launched a clinker built Norwegian faering built to Iain Oughtred’s Elfyn plans.

The boat was was built by student Neil Hammond and the rest of the class, including Ross Wheeler-Clayton.

Planked in Scottish larch on steamed green oak timbers, she has laminated oak stems, a solid oak keel, Douglas fir thwarts and centreboard case, and spruce spars.

She has two rowing positions and a balanced lug rig – her sails were made by the students as part of a sail making short course at the Academy.

Neil came to the Academy from Somerset: his previous career has ranged from rigging and drilling in both the Persian Gulf and North Sea for the oil industry, to managing and directing IT and engineering services for the MET Office.

With a love for water sports and the sea, Neil has RYA Yachtmaster qualifications and is a keen kayaker – and came to the BBA because he wanted to learn skills to build his own boat.

Ross, who worked closely alongside Neil, was at 18 one of the youngest members of the class. He joined the Academy straight after completing A-Levels in film, media, sociology, philosophy and ethics.

He is a young ambassador for the Meningitis Now charity and is a member of the Young Fire-fighters and MOD Combined Cadet Force.

With particular interests in traditional boat building skills, Ross thoroughly enjoyed constructing the Elfyn’s copper fastened traditional clinker hull.

See the Elfyn’s build diary here and for further details about the Level 3, 38-week boat building, maintenance and support course, click here.