IBTC Portsmouth

The International Boatbuilding Training College Portsmouth is a world-renowned training provider with 100% employment rate of graduates to date.   Based in the heart of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard the College offers a level 3 City and guilds Qualification, its own Diploma and a range of short courses.   Teaching techniques of traditional boatbuilding are practised on real boats, many of historic importance.    Many other related transferable skills are also taught.

The Courses include a 47 week Practical Boatbuilding Course, a 12 week Joinery Course and various short courses for those who are not able to commit to attending a fulltime course.   There is also a Shipwright School at Buckler’s Hard, where Nelson’s favourite ship Agamemnon was built.   Here students are introduced to eighteenth century shipwright skills as well as arboriculture and timber conversion.

On Thursday 15th June the College celebrated the completion of their first restoration project, the launch Isabel ll, which had been under restoration since November 2015.   Of particular interest to the M.V.S., 4 of our members attending the ceremony, as her home port is Poole.   The vessel, nearly 70 years old, lives on a swinging mooring in Poole Harbour.

A Press Release issued on 29 th June 2016 stated:- “Although very tired when she came to IBTC Portsmouth Isabel II offered students at IBTC Portsmouth an excellent opportunity to learn about rebuilding major structural elements in such a craft. Her original teak interior has now been carefully restored and refitted alongside her new teak laid deck.”

Isabel ll
Launch party for Isabel ll
The I.B.T.C. students who worked on the Isabel ll.

Some pictures of Boathouse No 4 and the work carried out are shown below.

For further information go to the IBTC Portsmouth Website Telephone 02392 817119 or visit our Links page.

Boathouse 4

Boathouse 4 has a historic past as can be seen in the photo below which has a description of its original construction and use (click on photo to enlarge).

……………and Tom Sherrin is featuring on an advertisement for the Solent Marine Academy.




The Tom Sherrin Restoration Project is managed by the Poole Unit of the Maritime Volunteer Service.

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