Boatbuilders of the future showcase projects

Students at Falmouth Marine School showcase their designs Photo: Falmouth Marine School Students at Falmouth Marine School showcase their designs Photo: Falmouth Marine School
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Boatbuilding students from Falmouth Marine School have launched their range of boat building projects at Ponsharden, marking a celebratory end to the term.

Six of the nine boats were restoration projects and included two sailing dinghies, a wooden clinker construction fishing boat, a lug rigged day sailor and a punt. The three new builds included a Paul Gartside designed tortured ply skiff, a wooden carvel constructed Cornish skiff and a fibre reinforced plastic skiff.

The boatbuilding courses and apprenticeships equip students with both traditional and modern boatbuilding techniques. “It is the only state-funded establishment where students can gain specialist training with access to dedicated workshops in both traditional and modern wooden boatbuilding techniques, as well as in the latest range of composites,” said programme manager, Chris Bosanko-Green.

Surpassed expectations

One of the skiffs was purchased by Jerry Gould for Looe gig rowing club after he saw photos on the college's Facebook page. "I bought her unseen, only from photos and she has surpassed my expectations,” he said.

Current Cornish Skiff Champion, Mark Hignatt, was present at the launches and said that the students had done a great job. "It’s been wonderful to see the heart of boatbuilding education in the region in action,” he said.

Falmouth Marine School has been delivering training to the boatbuilding, ship repair and shipbuilding industries since 1920, and has run full-time boatbuilding courses since the early 1970s.

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