Mouseboats built and launched at Faversham

Folks on a training course at the Faversham Creek Trust’s Purifier Building led by local boatbuilder and repairman Alan Thorne have been building Mouseboats to my free plans – and yesterday they launched four of them on a pond at the head of the Creek.

A good crowd turned out to cheer and witness the event, and even the local press arrived with their cameras!

A fifth Mouseboat also turned up to be launched – this one was built by Terry Croucher, who has been working as an assistant to Alan.

Plans for the Mouseboats are available free from the Yahoogroup Mouseboats. To obtain them you have to sign up to join the  Yahoo (and the  Yahoogroup). Alternatively, some folks prefer to buy my book published some years ago – it is available from Amazon, but be warned that the new prices is a lot less than some folks are charging for second-hand copies!

The 8ft Mouseboats cost very little to make and are typically very light – they can be carried in one hand, yet can allow folks to go on the water very conveniently. Hundreds have been built around the world.

The boats built by Alan’s group are the Minimouse model with an easy to build flat bottom, but other similarly easy to build types for different purposes are available from the Yahoogroup.

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  1. Well done Gavin, and well done to all the boat-builders. Faversham Creek Trust is very proud to be hosting these courses which are for people who have been out of work for a while. They have been very successful in helping lots of people find jobs or start their own businesses – through improved confidence, and technical achievements including boat-building, writing a good CV, learning about good nutrition and networking, etc. The idea came from the Brents Community Association representing the creekside estate which has very high levels of deprivation and poverty. The Department of Work and Pensions provides funds and support and it’s all very good indeed…. an excellent local initiative.

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