13ft electric launch by Andrew Wolstenholme launched at the Boat Building Academy

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Phil Evans JFDI

Phil Evans workshop Phil Evans in progress 2 cornering the market in G clamps

JFDI 1 I made this The Blues Brothers and their Dad go boating

Boat Building Academy principal Yvonne Green has sent a series of photos from the student launch day down in Lyme back in June, which I will be publishing over the next few days.

Today’s photos are of a 13ft electric motor launch designed by Andrew Wolstenholme and built by student Phil Evans with help from other students, especially ‘Blues Brothers’, Will Howard and Mike Brenton. We aren’t told how they acquired their soubriquet on the course – perhaps someone will oblige using the comment link below this post – but congratulations to them all.

The launch is built with three layers of veneer: the outer layers are sapele, with an inner layer of Douglas fir.

For more of Andrew Wolstenholme’s designs and plans, click here.

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 intheboatshed.net 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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