Practical Boatbuilding, £15,608
Download Syllabus » This 47 week course is our main course and leads to an IBTC Diploma and the option of City and Guilds 2463 level 3. We offer the course four times a year. Dates for 2015 are:- January 5th, April 7th, June 29th and September 21st. All students begin in the Joinery workshop where they will learn fundamental woodworking skills. After approximately 12 weeks students move on to the boatshop where they will work in a real boatyard environment. Students will learn to interpret the designers’ drawings, loft the boat and make moulds, construct and set up a backbone, steam timber and make frames, plank up in carvel and clinker, lay decks, make spars and fit out the hull. In short a student at the end of the course should be able to build a boat.
Joinery and Furniture, £15,608
Joinery and Furniture Syllabus The majority of the duration of this course will be spent in the Joinery section of the IBTC. Participants will start with a basic joinery course of approximately 12 weeks after which they will progress to more advanced skills and joints and look at furniture design. The 47 week course will be tailored to individual skills and aspirations and should allow time for a final ‘show piece’ project. Students will be able to earn an IBTC Diploma reflecting their abilities and skills achieved.
Build Your Own Boat, £8,286
Download Syllabus » At the end of your 24 week course you should have completed and launched a boat of up to 5m in length. Restorations as well as new builds can also be considered subject to suitability. Your skills should allow you to build further craft with similar build techniques, as well as using the transferable nature of these skills to develop further areas of expertise. Course fees do not include materials and dependant on the complexity of your project fees may be adjusted to suit the length of time you need for your project. For example if you just want to lay the keel and fit garboards and then take your embryonic boat away to work on then a much shorter course can be arranged.
*Small Boatbuilding, £5,950 – 12 Weeks, leading to an IBTC Certificate
Download Syllabus » This is a short, intensive 12 week course and leading to an IBTC Certificate and is for those looking to develop a hobby or learn about a specific area of boatbuilding. After this course you should be able to build your own small boat. All students begin with four weeks of practical woodworking in order to build up the necessary hand skills. After that, you will learn how to set up and build a small dinghy, through constructing the backbone, setting up the moulds and planking a clinker dinghy, students also learn the techniques and skills needed to setup and build larger boats of both clinker and carvel construction.
*Woodworking Skills, £5,950
This basic joinery course of 12 weeks is the foundation element of both our 47 week Boatbuilding course and our Furniture course. In a practical way with lots of exercises you will learn how to use basic boatbuilding hand and power tools, identify woods used in boatbuilding, recognising faults and flaws in timber, using glue properly and choose woods suitable for specific jobs. It is possible to do this woodworking skills course and then to do the full boatbuilding course at a time that suits you best.
INTRODUCTION TO WOODEN BOAT SURVEYING £1,125
*Glass Reinforced Plastics. £732
In the practical element you will first learn to lay up a GRP bow section. After releasing this from mould you will then cut holes into the sides simulating damage and learn to carry out two different types of repair. The next stage is to lay up a small deck moulding which after trimming will be bonded to the bow section. Theory will cover release systems, gel coat resins & catalysts, reinforcements, moulding techniques, identifying faults, health and safety procedures and much more. This is an intensive 4 day course and is part of the full time boatbuilding course. External delegates are welcome to join this course too.
*Knots & Splicing. £320
Students learn to recognise, select and make up appropriate rope and cord to suit specific purposes on a boat. We use both natural and synthetic ropes and you will learn to work with both. This 2 day course is part of the full time boatbuilding course but also available for external candidates. All materials/equipment for this course are supplied.
Introduction to Rigging 1 day. £160
Subjects covered include types of wire and splice, parcelling and serving, Liverpool splice in detail. Learning to splice a hard eye into 6×36 fibre core wire, worm, parcel and serve.
Rigging 3 day course. £460
Subjects covered include types of wire and splice, parcelling and serving, Liverpool splice in detail. Learning to splice a hard eye into 6×36 fibre core wire, worm, parcel and serve. Wire seizing, serving an oversized soft eye, splice trim and serve, seize in a hard eye. Making wire grommets, dock splice, eye splice in 7×7 galvanised wire.
*Router Course. £461
Download Details » This intensive, practical 3 day course covers an introduction to routers, router use and health and safety aspects. It is centred around building your own custom made router table and all the skills and techniques required to make comprehensive use of your router. Course requirements are that you have a router of ‘trade’ or ‘industrial’ capacity, with a half inch collet and fine height adjustment capability. This course is now also included within the full boatbuilding course.
*Basic Boat Plumbing and Electrics. £320
This course is part of the full time boatbuilding course but external delegates are welcome too. We offer this 2 day course four or five times a year and is aimed at giving students a solid grounding in basic plumbing and electrics. Electrical theory including electrical definitions, Ohms law, cables, fuses, circuits, batteries, generators, solar, wind chargers and much more. A typical marine domestic hot water system is explained along with engine cooling, fresh water & bilge pump systems, tanks and pipe work, cockpit drains etc. Marine gas systems are also introduced.
*Lofting. £160 per day
The lofting course takes designer’s drawings and develops these on the loft floor. In 3-4 days or more (dependent on the complexity of the craft to be lofted) you will learn to draw full size, correcting any minor design errors to ensure a fair hull and make softwood patterns from the full size drawing as a basis around which to construct a new boat. This course is part of the full time boatbuilding course but also available for external candidates.
*Caulking. £160 per day
This 2 day course begins with preparing the oakum bails which involved teaching the students to spin the oakum to fit the size of seam. They’re then given an introduction into the different types of caulking irons and tools used for the caulking process. We then progress to the different challenges that they may face on various vessels and the appropriate measures needed to remedy them. Finally we culminate the course by practising these methods on an actual yacht so that the students can experience caulking techniques first hand. Assessment is carried out throughout the course with feedback being given at regular intervals.
Timber Technology. £160 per day
This 1 day course is a theory session that covers: Hard and Softwood identification, properties and application in the marine industry. Seasoning, conversion, defects, marine borers, plywood and adhesives are also covered with a short session on metals to complete the day.
This course is aimed at those with little or no welding experience. Over 5 day course you will be taught how to carry out safe and effective welds in many positions using M.M.A. welding (stick welding). Instruction will also be given on issues of welding Health & Safety. The course will also include looking at other forms of welding such as MIG & TIG and various methods of cutting steel. This course is run on a hands on basis, with the emphasis on personal practice. Please contact us for prices and dates.
Tailor Made Courses. £640 per week
We also offer courses which are tailor made for individuals. Downloadable details are available for our longer courses, please contact us if you would like us to devise a course to suit your specific requirements.
All Other Courses. £160 per day
* These courses are included in the Practical Boatbuilding course. City & Guilds enrolment and exam fees are now included in the course fees as are course materials. All figures inclusive of VAT unless stated otherwise.
Short Course dates 2015
Dates are provisional and may be altered to suit diploma course students, however once an external delegate has booked onto a course we will of course adhere to those dates. Additional dates may be available by arrangement dependant on number of delegates etc. Let us know you requirements and we will see what we can do. College hours are 8-4.30 Mon to Thurs and until 12.30 on Fridays
Historic Vessel BTEC diploma level 3
– dates to be confirmed
Tool Maintenance 1 day
2015 – March 2nd, July 27th and November 2nd
Introduction to Woodwork 4.5 days
2015- March 2nd – 6th, July 27th – 31st and November 2nd – 6th
Router Course 3 days
2015 – March 24th – 26th, June 23rd – 25th, August 18th – 20th and December 8th – 10th
GRP 4.5 days
2015 – February 9th – 13th and July 20th – 24th – other dates to be confirmed
Plumbing and Electrics 2 days
2015 – February 17th – 18, May 19th – 20th, September 1st – 2nd and October 20th – 21st
Splicing and Rope work 2 days
2015 – March 31 – April 1st, July 7th – 8th and October 13th – 14th
Introduction to Rigging 1 day
2015 – to be confirmed
Rigging 3 days
2015 – April 28th – 30th, August 25th – 27th and November 11th – 13th
Lofting Theory 2 days
2015 – February 3rd – 4th, June 9th – 10 and October 6th – 7th
Caulking 2 days
2015 – April 15th – 16th, July 14th – 15th, September 16th – 17th and November 18th – 19th Download Application Form