The ‘Excelsior Work-boat’ is an exciting project for both staff and students. The ‘Excelsior’, an historic Lowestoft sailing trawler, and winner of the regional Flagship award 2016 from National Historic Ships UK, would have had a smaller vessel, a work-boat, that ferried the crew and the catch to and fro in shallower waters but sadly this vessel no longer exists. The IBTC was asked by John Wylson of the Excelsior Trust ( ) to build a new work-boat for the Excelsior following traditional designs approved by the trustees. The 16ft design will be constructed with larch planking on an oak frame and the students, under the expert guidance of their tutors, have completed the lofting and begun the construction.