Restoration Steps

Step 1 – Stripping Boleh down and surveying any damage

Step 2 – Dealing with the major outcomes of the survey such as
repairing cracked timber and replacing the cabin structure

Step 3 – Refitting the interior structure

Step 4 – ‘First Fix’ replacing the current 40hp engine and systems


Step 5 – Fitting the new deck

Step 6 – ‘Second Fix’ of systems and interior fit-out

Step 7 – New masts and rigging



The object was to return Boleh as near as possible to her original condition and layout. It was recognised, however, that her future training role required some modifications to reflect today’s standards of safety for the young people on board.

Under the tutorship of our shipwrights, local apprentices painstakingly stripped Boleh down to her frames and rebuilt her. By taking part in Boleh’s restoration young people have access to the conservation skills needed to preserve Britain’s maritime heritage.

Much of Boleh’s restoration was carried out by experienced shipwrights Chris Cossor and Dave Reason using both traditional skills and materials, this work was supported by 4 apprentices, you can see their blogs in the 'meet the team' pages.


With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund the restoration programme was completed in the summer of 2015 and she will be sailing to Falmouth to work with the charity Sea Sanctuary.

The major work was undertaken in seven steps and each are available to read about on the menu opposite.