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. The majority of our boat building programmes and assessments are carried out in a practical way.
Our boat building courses are designed to equip you with practical skills, knowledge and the understanding required becoming successful in your chosen career.
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 have a passion for the construction, repair and restoration of wooden and fibre-reinforced plastic boats and wish to become a qualified boatbuilder.
four GCSEs at grade C or 4, including English and mathematics, or an equivalent Level 2 qualification.
The principles of boat construction, how to produce and fit structural boat components, woodworking and fibre-reinforced plastics for marine construction, and safe and effective working in the marine industry.
A highly practical course run at Ponsharden boatyard.
The work experience blocks when you’ll be working on live project briefs for clients.
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Employment within the boatbuilding industry in repair, fitting-out, composites or restoration.
" The college has great industry links so we get to work on live projects. The location of the workshop is also perfect as we get to see the restoration projects from the Maritime Museum and the new builds from Rustler Yachts.." George Henny, Boatbuilding student
Joseph Rasmussen Boatbuilding
"Through doing the yacht fit out and composites I got to work with the National Maritime Museum Cornwall restoring their historical boat collection, further developing the skills I gained on my course. The workshops are great and the tutors are really approachable."
Jonny Mills Boatbuilding Course ManagerJonny has been working in the marine sector for over 30 years, repairing and sailing aboard wooden square rigged vessels, which is his lifelong passion. Jonny’s expertise and experience extends to building and maintaining historic replicas for museums, fibreglass production yacht building, repairs and restoration of wooden boats. Jonny has been in charge of a team of shipwrights, building replica boats for film and TV productions, as well as the marine coordination for the Warner Bros. film ‘Clash of the Titans’. Jonny was also the head shipwright on the construction of ‘The Hereford Bull’, a replica trow built for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. "Our students work on projects that will give them the vital industry experience, and contacts, that will enable them to establish careers in the boatbuilding sector”
*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.