Students of the International Boatbuilding Training College in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard are celebrating their first completed historic craft restoration project. Originally built 70 years ago in Cornwall, Isabel II a 21 foot open motor launch came into Boathouse 4, the home of IBTC Portsmouth, 18 months ago.
Isabel II has been in the same family since she was built in 1947 and she is now cherished by 3rd generation owner Hugo Andreae, Editor of Motor Boat and Yachting magazine. This great opportunity to restore an important historic Poole Launch afforded 12 months of student targeted training opportunities. Although very tired when she came to IBTC Portsmouth she offered the students an excellent opportunity to learn about rebuilding major structural elements in such a craft. Her original teak interior has been carefully restored and refitted alongside her new teak laid deck. The students have learnt a good cross section of boatbuilding skills that will be invaluable in their future careers. This is a proud day for IBTC Portsmouth and is the first of many to come. They hope to launch a boat every year and welcome visitors to come into Boathouse 4, free of charge, to see progress on the next heritage craft boat projects.