Teaching Skills

We have been using Britannia’s restoration as an opportunity to teach and pass on endangered traditional maritime skills.

This includes big-picture boat-building knowledge and techniques, such as understanding the structure of a hull, its anatomy and the materials from which it is made.

It also encompasses innumerable hands-on techniques.

Some techniques are timeless, using old-fashioned tools – such as caulking and pitching and steaming and nailing planks.

Others involve the use of modern, powered versions of old-fashioned tools to accomplish tasks in exactly the same manner they would have been in the past – just a little bit faster!

The Next Generation

We believe that, in order for traditional wooden boats – both new and old – to survive, it’s imperative the the skills to make and maintain them are passed on to the next generation.

Our inter-generational workshop environment pairs experienced boat-builders with younger trainees and volunteers, eager to learn the trade and enter maritime careers.

Our charity is able to subsidise a limited number of young trainees to learn these important skills, paying them a fair wage and supporting them in their future careers.

This is a scheme we hope to expand in future, and one we are not able to do without generous public donations.

Help ensure that wooden sailing ships survive into the next century by supporting Britannia Sailing Trust’s mission to teach these endangered traditional skills!

Workshops & Experiences

We’ll be hosting more opportunities for the public to get involved with Britannia and learn maritime skills with our upcoming board and quayside workshops in Exeter.

These include knot-tying, mast-making, rigging, caulking, and more.

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The Future

Once sailing again, Britannia’s educational programme will expand. We will continue to teach workshop and dock-based boatbuilding skills, while also teaching traditional and contemporary seafaring skills, such as:

  • Sailing and skippering
  • Navigation and weather
  • On-board maintenance and repair
  • Safety
  • Working aloft
  • Marine species identification
  • Knots, splicing and sailmaking
  • Engines, outboards and their maintenance
  • Tender driving skills
  • And more!