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Boatbuilder Ben takes a punt on students' skills and isn't disappointed

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

  • Ben Harris rows the dinghy.

  • Students Amy Stringfellow and Jill Ryan in the boat they created as a work experience project.

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TWO students have crafted a dinghy for a self-employed boatbuilder in Falmouth as part of their diploma course.

Amy Stringfellow and Jill Ryan, studying yacht fitting-out and composites at Falmouth Marine School, created the vessel for Ben Harris of Harris Wooden Boats as part of their work experience project.

The dinghy will be used as a tender for Mr Harris's 30ft yacht Alva.

Amy said: "I've worked for Ben on Alva and he mentioned that he needed a tender so I offered to make him one.

"Alva was built by Paul Garside and the design was inspired by a famous quay punt, Curlew, which is now in the Maritime Museum. I wanted to incorporate that design into the pram dinghy.

"It's been such a useful experience in owning a project from start to finish and developed my skills of working with a client."

Jill added: "We built it, rowed it and it didn't sink, so I'm delighted.

"I love the way it looks and rows and, more importantly, that Ben's pleased."

Mr Harris said: "She will look great on top of Alva and will fit perfectly under the boom. She's the perfect style and colour. The boat has been well built and performs excellently. It's been a pleasure working with the girls and the college and the end result is much more than I'd expected."

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