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Boatbuilding – Building the Caravelle rowing skiff on Iona

Boatbuilding – Building the Caravelle rowing skiff on Iona

Duration: 7

Price: £800

Book with: Ben Wilde
at Archipelago Folkschool

Lagandorain
Isle Of Iona
Argyll and Bute
PA76 6SW

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About the Course

On this residential week long course you'll learn the fundamentals of boatbuilding as we work to build two rowing boats. Over the week, with a group of 6 people, we will build two lightweight plywood rowing boats from start to finish, before launching them to see how they work.

The boat is built with traditional techniques, so we’ll spend a lot of time with hand planes, getting our heads around bevels and changing angles. It's a great chance to learn woodworking skills as well as to gain an understanding of traditional and contemporary boatbuilding.

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What's included in the price?

All accommodation and food is included - we are staying on the beautiful island of Iona in two shared rooms in the hostel. We also take a day off in the middle of the week to sail on the stunning Birthe Marie - an old wooden boat that sails locally



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Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


  • Accessible by public transport
  • Accommodation offered
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups

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