Don’t miss out on these spring courses!

Don’t miss out on these spring courses!

Build a Half Model Course. 14th-15th Sept. This is a 2 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 2 days, you will develop your own half model to take home. Delivered by Allan Hooper. To enrol or learn more click here. Essential Skills Course. 21st-22nd September. This is a two day course and covers a range of essential skills. Click here for more info... Professional development sharpen and set. 7th November. This course is being offered as…

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Some really good courses coming up over the next couple of weeks.

Some really great courses coming up over the next few weeks including. Steam bending and fitting ribs with Allan Hooper on the 8th June, Sharpen and Set on the 12th June and Essential skills with John Welsford on the 15-16 June.

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Composite course a winner

An excellent course on the weekend covering a huge amount of information and hands on experience with composites skilfully presented by Adrian Pawson. We covered everything from simple polyester laminates through to carbon fibre and vacuum bagging and even touched a little on pre preg and the hands on test panels were great fun. I'm sure everyone came away with a much better understanding of composites and there use. Huge thanks to Adhesive Technologies and Southern Spars for their amazing support.

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An amazing few weeks

Its been an amazing few weeks at the boatbuilding school, First off Allan Hooper with help from Olaf Wiig ran a course on building a half model. This turned out to be great fun and everyone went home with a beautiful half model of their own. Carefully cutting the waterlines. Time for a glue up. Voila! beautiful half model to take home Last weekend John Welsford ran another of his very popular Essential skills courses which covers off a whole bunch of tips and tricks that can quite simply save you hours and hours of work if your a budding…

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New Website, New Courses

We have just rebuilt our website thanks to the wonderful team at Impact NPO and their generous volunteers. You can now search, book and pay for your courses all online. Make sure you check it out and while your there have a browse through all the cool courses coming up, there are still a few places left on most of our upcoming courses but be in quick as most are nearly full. sign up for our updates at the bottom of the home page as we have more courses coming soon. Of course if you have any questions, drop us…

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Awesome Weekend with ImpactNPO

What an amazing bunch of people at ImpactNPO, We were invited to part of their Auckland Hackathon weekend and were hoping to get some help with our website and booking system instead these amazing guys and gals gave up their weekend to build us a whole new site and set us up with an awesome booking system and a bunch of other stuff all in 2 days. Totally blown away by the support ImpactNPO provides to the non profit sector. Make sure you check them out at or on Facebook here

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Introducing Boatcrafts.NZ

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.


Tuesdays are back!

Tuesday workshops days are back this week starting 26th February 10:00am - 2:00 pmGreat chance to drop in and see whats going on in the shop or discuss a project of your own.


New Courses announced ! – June 2018

These include:Veneering, Inlay & Marquetry Ribbing, Steam bending and replacing Ribs. Clinker planking. fitting new or replacing old planks. Tuesday Workshop days more Essential skills dates.


We’re Back!

NZTBS Re-opens its doors in Te Atatu peninsula.After more than three years in recess we have taken the plunge with a new workshop in Te Atatu peninsula.Trustees Steve Cranch, Dee Ankersmit, Colin Pawson, Don Currie, Secretary Tanya Ankersmit and supporters Kere Kemp and others have been burning the midnight oil over the last couple of months getting all our tools and gear out of storage and setting up shop.