Traditional skills


‘Vanishing Sail’ – The Story of a Caribbean Tradition

Tom Cunliffe gave a lovely introduction on Sunday 6 August at Cinema No. 6 based in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. He said “Whether a big island like Britain, or a small one like Carriacou, none of us would have got to where we are today without ships and boats…” The ‘Vanishing Sail’ production team learned that […]


Open Days at IBTC Portsmouth

We are running regular Open Days at IBTC Portsmouth which provide a good insight into the course as well as offer an opportunity to talk to our current students and tutors. The next Open Day is taking place on Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 2pm-4.30pm. Our Open Day requires registration as there are limited spaces available.  If  you’re […]


Student Testimonial

“I’ve now completed my 12 weeks joinery course which serves as a prelude to boatbuilding and gives all students an equal grounding in woodworking skills before their experience on the boat shop floor begins. I am impressed by the way the course is designed to allow students to build on each lesson. To say that […]


‘Tio Pepe’ Sails Again

‘Tio Pepe’ is a south coast one design, a SCOD for short.  She is a sleek 26ft cruiser racer from the pen of the renowned yacht designer Charles Nicholson and a boat which was to be at the forefront of the renaissance in yacht building and racing in the Solent following the Second World War. […]


PRESS RELEASE – IBTC Portsmouth boat launch

The 15 June 2017 was a proud day for IBTC Portsmouth who aim to launch a boat every year. BBC Radio Solent were there to cover the story. Listen here: (19mins). 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 […]


Graduate Julian Osborne’s story before and after IBTC Portsmouth

  What did you do before joining the course?  Before joining the course I worked for a number of years in the region of Chichester Harbour for different boat yards. I started at Haines Boatyard in Itchenor, working as part of their team helping to maintain the Solent Sunbeam and XOD keelboat fleets raced by […]


Graduate Roger Gambon on his experience at IBTC Portsmouth

What inspired me to train at IBTC Portsmouth? It is difficult to say…. It goes back to my childhood. Whenever I saw a boat sail through the water powered just by the wind and tide, it felt good and created this flow of positive energy in me. It was perhaps linked to a wish to go […]


St Ayles Skiff Dazzles

This St Ayles skiff is an outreach project involving young people from five local schools and run by Caroline Barrie-Smith our Community Participation & Learning Officer. The young people will take part in coastal rowing experiences with Portsmouth Sail Training Trust (PSTT) and London based charity Oarsome Chance who have helped fund the project. Pop […]


Download Course Brochure

Discover everything we teach about the techniques of traditional wooden boatbuilding and master craftsmanship.

Download our Course Brochure

Discover everything we teach about the techniques of traditional wooden boatbuilding and master craftsmanship.
Download Now