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The Boat Building Academy is a world-leading training centre in boat building and furniture making. Our flagship 40-week Boat Building course has equipped hundreds of men and women with the key skills needed to work in today’s changing marine industry. 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.

Similarly, the 12-week Furniture Making course is quickly gaining a reputation for excellence. Taught by esteemed furniture designer and maker Mark Ripley, students leave the course as trained woodworkers, with a comprehensive set of skills.

2020 sees the start of the new 12-week Advanced Furniture Making course, as the name suggests, the course is designed for aspiring furniture makers who are looking to make the leap to a professional standard.
For those unable to join us for a longer period, the Academy teaches a wide variety of 2 to 5 day short courses in boat building, woodworking and other ancillary skills such as marquetry, sail making and a new workbench-making course.

For a full breakdown of the courses on offer, up-to-date news and events, head to