Boat-building skills all shipshape

4th July 2008 at 01:00
Down at the water's edge in Falmouth, students have been keeping traditional boat-building skills alive

Down at the water's edge in Falmouth, students have been keeping traditional boat-building skills alive.

Two fishing boats have just been completed at Falmouth Marine School and will soon be taking to the seas after being placed in the water for the first time.

The marine school - part of Cornwall College - has been keeping students aged 18 to 50, including Andrew Gill (left) and Chris Brand, occupied on the two projects.

The boats, a picarooner and a Mount Bay pilchard driver, are made almost entirely from wood.

The college's boat-building expertise has previously led to a number of craft being sold to local sailing enthusiasts.

Around 60 per cent of the students on the boat-building course go on to work directly in the industry, mainly in the south-west of England, but many complete their training just for the pleasure of developing their craft skills.

Photograph: Sam Morgan Mooreapexnewspix.com.

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