IBTC News and Blog

Visit here often to keep up to date with all the builds, skills and stories from the IBTC Lowestoft. This news and blog page features events and items from around Lowestoft and the Broads. If you have anything to contribute, please do let us know! email: [email protected]


SEA Shipshape East Anglia Bursary Scheme Announced

December 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

SEA Grants Scheme International Boatbuilding Training College, Lowestoft, in partnership with National Historic Ships UK, has launched the Coastal Communities Funded ‘SEA Grants Scheme’.  The scheme is legacy of the Shipshape East Anglia project [...]

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IBTC at the Cutty Sark

December 12th, 2016|0 Comments

In November, the IBTC Lowestoft demonstrated various boatbuilding and shipwright skills to Members and Shipshape Trainees (MAST) of National Historic Ships UK, beneath the copper-bottomed keel of the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. Those attending [...]

Unusual One Design near completion

December 5th, 2016|0 Comments

FREE PROJECT BOAT - Could be worth a look....NEW One Design with shallow draft potentially great for the Broads? 24ft 6” length 7ft 6” beam Lug rig Plywood construction fiber glass sheathed very strong [...]

Vagabond Dinghy

December 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Vagabond Sailing Dinghy in Norfolk - Please contact the college for details

Chelsea Flower Show 2017 – IBTC to sponsor garden

November 14th, 2016|0 Comments

IBTC Lowestoft are creating a garden at Chelsea Flower Show 2017 The year is 1117. By the edge of a Norfolk river a boat-builder has been at work. His yard, a humble garden, and [...]

Thames Skiff – Circa 1910

November 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Project and Donor Boats Thames Skiff. I am offering a 20 ft Thames Skiff FREE if one of your students will give it a good home, take it on and repair it. It [...]

Cardboard Boats

October 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Sailing in a cardboard boat !! Working with Ship Shape East Anglia the International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) based at Sea Lake Road, Oulton Broad issued a challenge to local high schools – build [...]

Hopeful Puffin – Building a watertight pram dinghy

October 5th, 2016|0 Comments

The following article originally appeared in the March issue of Epoxycraft, the online WEST SYSTEM epoxy magazine. A few years ago, Gary Breeze bought plans for a small Mouse pram dinghy with a view to [...]

Southampton Boat Show 2016

October 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

The IBTC Lowestoft put on an impressive display at the Southampton Boat Show in September this year. Our stand showed off the high level of skill attained by its students with examples of clinker and [...]

Novocain to Nordic Folkboat

September 1st, 2016|0 Comments

IBTC Lowestoft prides itself on the broad age range of its students which helps to create a vibrant atmosphere in the workshops. Our mature students bring with them their life experiences, informing and enriching the [...]

Not just Boats – FURNITURE!

August 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Thirty years ago I was living in a tent in Southern Sudan near to the Ethiopian border.  Nomadic tribes populated the area and occasionally they would wander into camp to inspect the three of us [...]

Alex Hunter – reflecting on “one of the best life-choices I’ve ever made!”

August 1st, 2016|0 Comments

A little bit about me before I joined the college I’ve always loved making things and I have been both practical and creative from an early age. I have a formal education in the Arts [...]

A Passion for Wood

July 8th, 2016|0 Comments

By Wyona’s owner Michael Rolfe The arguments against the use of wood for boats of all kinds are well known. Wood is weaker than steel and more expensive to maintain than GRP, not to [...]

Two Brothers Two Gap Years

July 8th, 2016|0 Comments

IBTC Lowestoft student gives advice to his brother: “Get as much out of this incredible experience as you can" 19-year-old Alex Hancock started the 47-week Boatbuilding course in 2015 just a week after finishing his [...]

Excelsior Work-boat

June 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

Gary Breeze joins the staff at IBTC

June 8th, 2016|0 Comments

IBTC welcomed a new storeman, Gary Breeze, who started in his role in June. Since 1993 Gary has run a successful carving and design studio specializing in architectural lettering. His commissioned work can be seen throughout the UK, notably on [...]

Our Lizzie

June 8th, 2016|0 Comments

'Our Lizzie', like many of her film and TV colleagues, is undergoing restoration. A veteran performer she appeared in several films including 'The French Lieutenant's Woman', 'Dracula,' 'The Apple Tree', and in every episode of [...]

Medieval Chet boat

March 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]


March 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Eleanora - Registered as a Twin Screw Motorship, Eleanora was built by Messrs Camper Nicholson Ltd in 1926. She is one of our bigger projects being some 36 feet in length and 9 feet in the beam. Constructed [...]

IBTC gets a new website

March 23rd, 2016|1 Comment

The IBTC Lowestoft has rebuilt it's website to make it tablet and mobile friendly. Please do let us have your feedback - good or bad - and help us make it the best it can [...]