Help to restore Wanderer, an 1886-built wooden sailing boat.


United Kingdom

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    Hi, I am Arthur. I am currently rebuilding a 40ft (12m) wooden boat from 1886. It is quite a big project and some help is greatly needed if this boat wants to go back on the seas soon. I am myself working as a traditional shipwright during the week as a part time job and the rest of the time I mostly spend working on Wanderer (the boat).
    I like the idea of this boat as being a way of getting people together around a project of restoration and later, sailing. Many friends and traveler have already past by in the last year (the project started early 2018).
    I am ;iving here on my own in general, but many visitors are passing so it is not lonely. And many people live on their boat around me too.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Life in the boat yard is quite interesting I find. You get to meet people of all sorts. You will probaly learn some skills of boatbuilding, either to work with wood, maybe metal and all traditional building methods. Then of course there are other things than the boat. Cornwall is a beautiful place to walk, the sea is not far.

  • Help


    So the work is essentialy to restore the boat. Boatbuilding is a quite a diverse trade. but in the outline, the jobs will be in 2018 stripping out and restore structural work, 2019 new planking and new deck, closing up. It alays includes a lot of cleaning, sanding, some painting certainly. Well, just ask what we will be up to when you want to join. But we can always adapt the jobs to what you want/can do. The job list is very long! You will be also helping with all the chores obviously.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    French, Italian, English, Dutch

  • Accommodation


    Accomodation is unusual as well. I used to live in the boat but I moved recently into a container next to it. Which I am turning into a cosy home/workshop (see pictures, I will try to update as the wok goes along). The boat and container are in a boat yard and there is a shared bathroom with toilets and shower (it is like in a camping). The view on the water is stunning too!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The place is surrounded by nature, a beautiful and relaxing place to stay. If you like any outdoor sport you will be pleased here. Cornwall is also a great surfing place (I don't surf much myself, but many people do). And well, just explore the place and meet people around. Share some nice meals too.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week, flexible

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