Traditional skills


‘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 […]


Boathouse 4 Time Lapse Footage

Who would’ve thought from an empty shell less than a year ago that we’d be fully operational now with over 25 boat projects here for repair and restoration?!?! Amazing. Thanks to our colleague Caroline Barrie-Smith for editing down hours and hours of her incredible time-lapse footage here:  


Armed Steam Cutter 26

What’s been happening outside your window today? This is what arrived at Boathouse 4 this morning: The Steam Cutter 26 from HMS Falmouth.   As a unique survivor of the Battle of Jutland, we’re very happy to see SC26 here in the Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth as she arrives for restoration in Boathouse 4 by IBTC Portsmouth students.   SC26 […]


Southampton Boat Show 2016

See us at the 2016 Boat Show Fri 16 Sept – Sunday 25 Sept on a DISCOUNTED ticket via our unique code: EPTOGFKF5X &   Are you looking for a career change, to up-skill yourself or have an adult gap year coming up? Talk to us about our boat-building courses, short courses in joinery and […]

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