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Boat builders may do some or all of the following

  • make patterns of the vessel's parts
  • select the correct materials to be used from a full range of composite materials, timber, alloy and steel 
  • make the framework of the vessel
  • cut and attach planks to the framework
  • strengthen and seal the vessel
  • fit the engine, beds, deck beams and decking to the vessel
  • build interior/exterior cabinetry
  • construct wheel and deck houses or cabins
  • repair and maintain vessels
  • may complete electrical, plumbing, painting and joinery work on the vessel
  • may use computer-aided design (CAD) software to draw a full plan of the vessel (lofting).

Boat builders need to have

  • knowledge of different boat building methods
  • knowledge of different types of boat building materials, such as resin, fibreglass, steel and timber, their properties and how they are used
  • the ability to interpret diagrams, rough sketches and computer-aided design (CAD) drawings
  • carpentry and engineering skills
  • technical skills such as the ability to install machinery and other equipment on board a boat
  • practical skills such as electrical wiring, plumbing and painting
  • mathematical ability
  • read/write ability
  • an awareness of safe working practises
  • knowledge of trends in boat design.

Boat builders need to be

  • interested in boats and boating
  • accurate and reliable
  • able to get on with people and work as part of a team
  • artistic and creative
  • able to perform several tasks at once.