TRADITIONAL CRAFTSMANSHIP

I trained in boatbuilding in Lowestoft from 2003 to 2006, and I continue to practice, perfect and develop the time-honoured techniques and traditional methods I learnt there. These are important to the preservation of maritime history, and maintenance and restoration of older vessels, but are equally valuable in the manufacture of new, bespoke craft using traditional techniques and materials. 

Typically working on wooden craft, including small traditional fishing punts, dinghies, daysailers and up to to larger yachts, NOVOBOATS offers services ranging from repairs and maintenance to complete rebuilds of existing craft, as well as bespoke new builds. 

I recently completed the build of a 17 foot daysailer (a Norfolk Oyster) for a client; an oak on larch clinker gaff-rigged daysailer. Built using the wood epoxy method, in which all the wood is twice-coated with epoxy resin prior to painting or varnishing. This significantly reduces maintenance as the epoxy offers far better protection than paint or varnish alone. A prime example of the NOVOBOATS ethos of using new technology to enhance and improve on traditional techniques.

NOVOBOATS OFFERS

  • Traditional techniques
  • Fishing punts, dinghies, daysailers, yachts
  • Small repairs to complete rebuilds
  • Vessels maintenance including
    • Checks
    • Antifouling
    • Engine services
    • Paint and varnish work
  • 2.5 tonne boat lift.

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