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Welcome to the International Boatbuilding Training College, Lowestoft where we are proud to offer a wide range of traditional boatbuilding and joinery courses together with shorter courses exploring additional woodworking skills and maritime crafts.

IBTC at Lowestoft

Originally set up in 1975 to train skilled craftsmen to work in the boatyards of Norfolk and Suffolk, our graduates have gone on to manage yards all over the world. Internationally recognised, we are City & Guilds and Edexcel approved and ELCAS registered. High standards of accuracy and finish are set from the start of each course. Our method of training provides the opportunity to work on a wide variety of boats, both large and small, at different stages of construction. Although referred to as a college, due to the way in which training is provided, the overall atmosphere is of a working boatyard, offering a complete 'hands on' experience to all those who attend, vital for those looking to a career in boatbuilding.

All of our courses teach essential skills that can be transferred to careers outside of boatbuilding such as green frame timber construction, conservation building work and furniture making. Of course, you may want to learn new skills for the sheer pleasure of it. Your options are endless. Whatever your existing skill level and interest, the IBTC has a course for you.

We are open 50 weeks of the year so why not come and visit us to see for yourself, please contact us to arrange a date.


“Kate” recently completed on schedule and collected by her happy owner...


Ernest Shackleton replica the James Caird is being built by IBTC students...


The IBTC has undergone an exciting development this year with the arrival of new owners Mike and Lyn Tupper...

moreWork at the Boatshed

IBTC students at work in the boatshed here at Oulton Broad, Lowestoft...

James Caird being built by IBTC students Router Course

Ernest Shackleton replica the James Caird being built by IBTC students

The recent Router course with Ian was full on with lots of extras much to Ians delight...

IBTC students work

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Celebrating 40 Years of Training Boat Builders


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Medieval Chet boat

We are really pleased and proud to announce that IBTC Lowestoft have been commissioned by the Broads Authority to build a replica of the medieval Chet boat.

This is a fantastic project- and it is a real honour for us to be involved!

We’ll be updating some Chet Boat build photos as we go...

Medieval Chet Boat