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Dave Edmondson


Trained at the International Boatbuilding Training College in Portsmouth. Dave Edmondson has worked in a number of locations and has a wide knowledge of boat repair and construction. He has developed a particular expertise in oar construction.

Tom Bennett


Tom Bennett has worked on a broad range of wooden boat repair and construction over many years. As well as working at Solent Wooden Boats, he spends time restoring historic wooden boats within the naval collection in Portsmouth Dockyard.

"If you take my advice there’s nothing so nice
As messin’ about on the river
There’s big boats and wee boats and all kinds of craft
Puffers and keel boats and some with no raft
With the wind in your face there’s no finer place
Than messin’ about on the river."
Rowing boats
Josh MacRae
Scottish folk singer