Joinery is a stand alone class or can form the first element of our full boat building course


Ian’s router course is included in Joinery or can be taken on its own


Lofting a 2 day theory and drawing board exercise and then on to the loft floor to loft out full scale and make up molds. Tailor made available to loft out your own dream project.

Practical Boatbuilding, £15,608

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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 2014 are:-  January 6th, March 31st , June 23rd  and September 15th. 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 47week 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.

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Furniture project under construction. Colin’s games table with the chess board veneers offered up prior to completion.

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One of the final joinery exercises before going through to the boats shop- deck be

Build Your Own Boat, £8,286

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At the end of your 24wk 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

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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.

Conserving Historic Vessels , Level 3 BTEC   £2,760

New for 2014

This is a new and unique course. It has been devised by National Historic Ships UK in conjunction with IBTC to bridge the gap between boatbuilding and/or marine engineering courses, and the specialist knowledge required  to plan and implement any historic vessel conservation strategy. Comprising 7 units  this course is aimed at those in owner ship  of or working with and those wishing to enter the world of historic vessel conservation.

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*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.

New Rigging courses for 2014

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

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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.

Introductory Welding

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 dayBlack Sylvia

* 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 2014

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

2014 – April 28th, October 27th

Introduction to Woodwork 4.5 days

dates to be confirmed
2014-  April 28th – May 2nd, October 27th – 31st

Router Course 3 days

2014-  March 25th – 27th June 17th – 19th, September 9th – 7th, December 16th –18th

GRP 4.5 days-2014

 February 10th – 14th, March 10th – 14th,  June 2nd – 6th, July 21st – 25th, August 11th – 15th, November 10th – 14th 2014

Plumbing and Electrics 2 days

2014-February 18th – 19th, March 25th – 26th, May 20th – 21st, September 2nd – 3rd, October 21st – 22nd

Splicing and Rope work 2 days

2014- March 18th – 19th, July 8th – 9th, August 19th – 20th, November 25th – 26th

Introduction to Rigging 1 day

August 26th

Rigging 3 days

August  26th, 27th, 28th

Lofting Theory 2 days

2014- February 4th – 5th, March 4th – 5th, June 10th – 11th, October 7th – 8th .

Caulking 2 days

2014-April 16th -17th, May 14th – 15th, July 15th – 16th, September 17th – 18th

November 18th – 19th 2014

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