“Craftsmanship through Boat Building”
Boatcrafts.NZ is our new project based on teaching craftsmanship through the skills of boat building, Our aim is to enrich peoples lives through using their hands and learning the lost art of craftsmanship.
We have a wonderful selection of short courses coming up, there is surely to be something for everyone here and as well as our hands on courses we are organising a series of seminars on popular topics.
Heres what we have planned for the next few months:
27th April Marine propulsion systems 1 day Seminar Cost: $60
This is a one day seminar and will cover a wide range of propulsion systems including propellors and drive train, re-powering and an in depth look at electric propulsion systems using a real example as the test bed. This seminar is being delivered by Mark Power, Colin Pawson, Kere Kemp. click here to learn more.
4/5 May Build a half model 2 day hands on course cost: $250
This is a two day course on building half models, you will learn the basics of lofting and develop a great understanding of how lines are used to design a boat hull. During the two days you will build your own half model to take home. delivered by Allan Hooper. click here to learn more.
11/12 May Essential skills course 2 days hands on course cost: $250
This is our most popular course and is a fantastic introduction to working with wood and building small boats, you will learn all sorts of tips and tricks and many valuable lessons that you can take away to apply to your own projects. delivered by John Welsford click here to learn more.
18/19 May Lofting 2 days hands on course cost: $250
Unravel the mysteries of lofting on this two day course, you will learn to take a table of offsets and loft this out into a full set of lines from which you could build the boat. Extremely valuable skill if you are even slightly interested in boat design or building. delivered by Allan Hooper. click here to learn more.
25th May Working with Composites 1 day hands on course cost: $150
Get an insight into working cleanly and efficiently with composite materials. This course is being delivered by Adrian Pawson from Southern spars. click here to learn more.
8/9 June Steam bending and fitting ribs 1 day hands on course cost: $150
This is a truly hands on course, you will be involved in selection, steaming and fitting of real ribs in a real boat. This is the backbone of clinker and carvel boat construction. delivered by Mark Robinson & Allan Hooper. click here for more info