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The Boat Building Academy is a world-leading training centre in boat building and furniture making, based on the picturesque Monmouth Beach in Lyme Regis, Dorset. 

Our flagship 40-week Boat Building course has produced a generation of skilled men and women who have excelled in all areas of the marine industry in the UK and beyond. Graduates have gone to work for esteemed industry leaders such as Spirit Yachts, T. Nielsen and Cockwells - some have even set up successful businesses of their own.   

On the other hand, some also choose to join the course for a sabbatical or in retirement. There is no strict skill requirement to join the course, all that is asked for is enthusiasm and dedication to the training. 

Next dates for the 40-week Boat Building course: 

  • 27th February 2023 
  • 21st August 2023 

Similarly, the 12-week Furniture Making course is quickly gaining a reputation for excellence. Based on the same winning philosophy and ethos as our boat building training, the course delivers a solid foundation in woodworking to aspiring makers - ready for whichever path they take next.  

12-week Furniture Making next available dates: 

  • 12th September 2022 
  • 9th January 2023 
  • 8th May 2023 
  • 25th September 2023 

For those unable to join us for a longer period, the Academy runs a comprehensive programme of 2 to 5-day short courses in most aspects of boat building, woodworking, and other ancillary skills such as marquetry, sail making and a new 3-day Routing course. 

See our 2 to 5-day short course programme here 


Contact us 

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Telephone – 01297 445545 

Email - 

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Twitter - Boat Building Academy (@boatbuilding)

Instagram - Boat Building Academy (@boatbuildingacademy) 


Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis