October 25, 2008

This website is a record of a course that I attended at the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis between September 2007 and June 2008. The course has finished and this website is now static.

If you have the time and inclination you can follow the course chronologically starting with Term has Started and finishing with Under Sail at Crinan Classics.  Alternatively, just dip-in and sample my writing (and pictures) by selecting one of the ‘Recent Posts’ listed on the right.

While on the course I learnt, from scratch, how to build boats.

We started with scarf joints in week 1.

Getting to grips with hooked scarfs

During the course I developed the skills to build a traditionally constructed boat.  The boat that I chose to build was a Maine Peapod.  It was exhibited at Beale Park wooden boat show in June 2008 where I received some good feedback.  Press coverage included write ups in The Daily Telegraph, In the Boatshed and Classic Boat (August ’08).

Interior (photo (c) Simon Case)

With a few more weeks work in my garage I completed the foils and rig to develop her into a sailing boat seen here sailed by Rachel, Sophie (helming) and Georgina on Derwent Water in August 2008.

Seapod on Derwent Water

I am now back in Edinburgh and am busy working as a freelance boatbuilder – using wood.

You can follow my commercial adventures as a boatbuilder on my website