We have dedicated wood and composite workshops in the heart of the extensive maritime industrial area at Ponsharden Boatyard.
If you are leaving school after GCSEs we recommend you start with the Level 2 apprenticeship.
Falmouth Marine School has a long history of providing boat building courses. This is the only place in Cornwall where you will gain specialist training with access to dedicated workshops.
Whether your dreams lie in boat building or repairing, becoming part of a professional crew, or a marine surveyor these courses will get you on the right pathway.
While using the latest technical processes you will be taught in our dedicated woodworking workshops and in our specialist fibre reinforced plastics workshop. Our specialist industry experienced lecturers believe the best way to learn boat building techniques is to undertake real hands-on experience.
Live projects are an integral part of the course, students have built a prototype for a new generation of sailboat, worked on the creation of a replica Viking boat for a exhibition at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and built a Viking Prow, for a centre piece at Chelsea garden Show.
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You are working in the industry and want to become a qualified boatbuilder.
Three GCSEs at grade 3 and you must be employed within a marine related industry.
Both theoretical and practical training in all aspects of boatbuilding; practical woodworking, boatbuilding technology and composite manufacture.
To spend one day a week on campus in addition to your normal place of work.
Working in specialist wood and fibre-reinforced plastics workshops.
Boatbuilding Apprenticeship level 3.
Careers in this industry
- Maintenance repairer
- Boat painter
Simon Combe Workshop Technician - Boatbuilding
Simon is a Falmouth Marine School alumni and has worked with a range of boatyards in the construction of yachts and small craft. He supervises both the wood and composite workshops at Falmouth Marine School's boatbulding training centre at Ponsharden boatyard, helping learners on a day-to-day basis with developing their practical skills, techniques and project planning. He also acts as a consultant with the College's Marine Innovation Service, assisting local businesses who wish to develop their processes and products in composite boat manufacturing.
Chris Bosanko-Green Boatbuilding Course Manager
Having grown up in Cornwall I have always had a love for the sea and dabbled in various water sports throughout my youth, with sailing being the biggest attraction.
After school, I studied construction at Cornwall College and worked as a Draughtsman in Truro until life took me in a totally different direction and away from Cornwall, for 24 years, while serving Queen and Country in both the Royal Air Force and Army.
A brief visit home to Cornwall was enough for me to fall in love with the place all over again; I made the decision to retire from the military, study towards my RYA Yachtmaster qualifications and having developed a passion for wooden boats, built using both traditional and modern methods, to pursue a new career as a boatbuilder.
I studied boatbuilding at Falmouth Marine School, while establishing my own small wooden boat building company. Later I was given the opportunity to return to Falmouth Marine School to teach the course I had previously studied. Having taught for many years in the military, I had always enjoyed teaching people new skills and was excited to be involved with educating and developing the next generation of Boatbuilders; for future years to come.
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.