Project Team

Brian Taylor - Boleh Project Shipwright

I started working with the Boleh Project in March 2011, overseeing both the rebuild and the hands on training of the apprentices. Throughout my 50 year career in the boat building industry, I have worked on numerous boat projects all around the world, from small scale production craft to super yachts.

Following a 4 year complete refit of my own boat, Rhoda Gostelow, a 78 Year old Boston smack yacht, I sailed the world for 6 years and travelled over 30,000 miles.

My passion for wood, boats and sailing started at an early age and I am now pleased to be able to share that passion and experience with Boleh's apprentices, in the hope that it will in turn be shared for many generations to come.

The enthusiasm of the trustees George Middleton, Henry Middleton and Chris Austin has driven my passion even further.


Peter Spurge - Shipwright

I am a yacht and boat builder by trade, with time served at Westerly Marine, Northshore Yachts and Emsworth boatyard. I have also spent time with Halmatic and Premier yachts, where i  worked on custom yachts worth anything up to £2million.

Peter joins the Boleh Project to concentrate on laying the teak deck to ensure she is ready for to start sea trails this summer.


Tim Gallier - Production Manager

I support the Apprentices in all aspects of developing their skills and knowledge. In particular I issue job cards and schedule work on the shop floor allowing them to fully participate in the Boleh restoration and at the same time being able to provide evidence for their NVQ assessment. I learnt my production management skills on the Nimrod programme at BAe Manchester before becoming a global business development manager within the IT industry.

I got involved in Boleh because of my passion for developing young people through work based learning and to learn some traditional wooden boat building skills that I can take forward to my own classic boat - a 1959 Laurent Giles design Lymington class yacht.



Graham Westbrook - Naval Architect

Project Naval Architect who has been 'messing about with boats' since being given a book about sailing as a prize at junior school.

Has been involved in the design, construction and operation of a wide range of boats, yachts and ships with a particular interest in wooden sailing vessels of all sizes.

Will provide the project with the many aspects of  yacht structure and outfitting design, whilst ensuring Boleh meets the many rules and regulations necessary for sail training yachts.


Andy Murray - Transition Manager

I am the Transition Manager for the Boleh Trust and my aim is to help take an inspiring vessel from her restoration into operating as a Sail Training boat in the Portsmouth area.

I spent a number of years working at Sea in both the superyacht and sail training industries. I worked at Trinity Sailing between 2001 – 2008 as both sea staff and ultimately as Operations Manager. I then joined Butler Traditional Wooden Boats Ltd as the Manager and subsequently a Director and have spent a number of years project managing HLF restorations and private new builds as well as running the business operations. In 2012 we successfully completed the purchase of Gweek Quay as we had outgrown our yard, which we still have to this day in Dartmouth. Gweek was subsequently sold but we still have a base of operations at Gweek. In February 2013 I set up my own marine consultancy business Ocean Tempus Consulting which has given me the freedom to get involved in interesting projects world wide. 

Boleh is not just an important heritage vessel with an incredible story but is a unique vessel in her own right and will be celebrated as such.