Members of the Poole Maritime Trust had a wonderful day out at Lyme Regis on the 24th May 2016. The weather was warm and sunny. The Regency houses on the waterfront at Lyme Regis lay warming themselves as they looked at a limpid sea stretching away to the horizon in perfect calm.
After a short journey through the Dorset countryside which was looking its spring best, the bus full of members ventured on foot down the hill towards the Cobb and into the Boat Building Academy where they were welcomed with coffee and biscuits before starting a fascinating tour of the workshops.
In build were a variety of small boats ranging from a shallow hulled fast gaff rigged day boat built in composite materials to a 20 foot Bere Beach boat in traditional clinker construction. [These beach boats are dragged out of the water and kept high and dry on the stony beach in this fascinating small fishing village not far to the west of Lyme.]
The Academy runs long and short courses in boat building and is busy all the year round. It does so, without government support or other intervention, and survives by producing first class shipwrights ready to carry out the highest quality work for boatyards round the UK and other parts of the world.
After running for many years it is busier than ever teaching students a broad range of skills in woodwork for the boatbuilding trade but skills which can be transferred to other trades.They offer City and guilds qualifications and students leave with high standards of workmanship.
The members of PMT enjoyed the tours, time to tour Lyme Regis town and the pleasure of having lunch beside the sea.
The group returned to Poole in the late afternoon after an interesting and enjoyable day amongst good company and fine weather.