Boat build­ing academy stu­dents to launch cre­ations

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - Uk And World News - BY KEITH ROS­SITER The low­down on fea­tured boats

Stu­dents at the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned Lyme Regis Boat Build­ing Academy are pre­par­ing to launch their cre­ations on the sea.

The 18 stu­dents who are due to grad­u­ate from the 40-week course next month are build­ing seven very dif­fer­ent wooden boats be­tween them.

The cre­ations range from a tra­di­tional fish­ing boat de­sign from the Orkney Is­lands to a mod­ern take on a Bre­ton fish­ing boat.

All four boat­build­ing tu­tors are for­mer stu­dents of the academy.

Af­ter he grad­u­ated, Matthew Law went to work in a boat­yard for six years be­fore re­turn­ing to Lyme Regis.

The academy has two in­takes a year, each on a 40-week course, and with up to 18 stu­dents each.

The course about to grad­u­ate in De­cem­ber is build­ing seven boats be­tween them.

Each boat is “com­mis­sioned” and paid for by a stu­dent – of­ten on be­half of a fam­ily mem­ber.

“We try to build all the dif­fer­ent wooden con­struc­tion types on each course,” Mr Law said.

“And we try to keep them un­der 20ft be­cause when they get too big they drink up labour and re­duce di­ver­sity on the course.”

‘We try to build all the dif­fer­ent wooden con­struc­tion types on each course’

The boats fea­tured are:

A 15ft Ian Richard­son de­signed tra­di­tional clinker Westray skiff from the Orkney Is­lands (far right), com­mis­sioned by stu­dent Alastair Inglis.

Ilur, a 16ft glued clink­er­built gunter-rigged day­boat based on a Bre­ton model (right), by liv­ing French de­signer Fran­cois Vivier, and com­mis­sioned by Hugo Des­mons.

An 18ft Dixon Kemp carvel Mersey rac­ing boat af­ter Zin­nia (below), com­mis­sioned by Tom Hop­per.

PIC­TURES: RICHARD AUSTIN

Lyme Regis Boat Build­ing Academy stu­dents work­ing on their cre­ations

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