Fine weather and fine boats at the Boat Building Academy launch day, December 2008

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Two of the latest student boats to be launched
at the Boat Building Academy. As usual, click on
the thumbnail for a much larger image

Down at Lyme Regis, the Boat Building Academy’s Class of March 2008 had their big launch day at Lyme a few days ago – and managed to hit on a day of beautiful weather. Lucky devils… as principal Yvonne Green said, ‘One of us must have done a good deed.’

Quite so. These two shots are just a taster – there are more come, and descriptions also. Read about this year’s students and their projects here.

For more posts about the Boat Building Academy and its earlier student intakes, click here.


Gareth Evans builds a Mallard at the Boat Building Academy

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I think Gareth’s probably the chap in the sensible hat

Finally, here’s more news of one more graduate of the Boat Building Academy at Lyme Regis – the fourth in a series about boats built by students while at the Academy, thanks to principal Yvonne Green

Gareth Evans’ working life had always been related to trees as a tree surgeon and forester, but the idea of boat building nagged at him for fourteen years. It wasn’t possible for him to take a year out of work until finally last year he joined the Academy and built a 12ft traditional clinker Mallard designed by Andrew Wolstenholme.

‘Gareth’s another of this year’s graduates who have gone into business in some way – he’s now renting workshop space in Exeter where he plans to use his knowledge of wood as a supplier, and his knowledge of boat building by building and restoring boats.’

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Charlie Hussey builds a modified peapod

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Seapod the peapod, built by Charlie Hussey

Here’s more news from Yvonne Green, principal of the Boat Building Academy at Lyme Regis – the third in a series about boats built by students while at the Academy.

Charlie Hussey built Seapod, a modified North American peapod originally based on a couple of existing peapod designs.

‘Frankly, at the beginning we tried to put him off the build,’ says Yvonne. ‘He had spent twenty five years in the IT industry, the last fifteen as founding director of a software services company. It was all a long way from working with wood and the build was not an easy one, a 15ft carvel double-ended sailing boat.

‘But we hadn’t reckoned on Charlie’s intelligence, tenacity and sheer hard work. We’re glad we were wrong. Seapod is a beautiful little boat. Charlie also found time, while on the course, to write a detailed weblog of the work he did. It’s at He’s now back in Scotland, looking for a restoration job, and has started a new website and weblog,

Thanks for the tipoff, Yvonne. I think it will be well worth following, and naturally I’ve added it to the blogroll, which appears to the right of this post.

Seapod was one of the best things I saw at the Beale Park Thames Boat Show this year and looking back at my files I took quite a few photos of her. As usual, click on the thumbnails below for bigger and better images. Well done Charlie!

Seapod pictured at the Beale Park Thames Boat Show

For more posts relating to the Boat Building Academy and its students, click here.

There’s a nice discussion of the peapod type in John Gardner’s book Building Classic Small Craft, which may well be available via ABE Books.

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