The Boat Project is using the latest yacht building methods to turn wooden objects donated by people from across the South East into a seaworthy archive of stories and memories. We have a top designer and a fearlessly adventurous team of craftspeople on board. And now we need your help.

We want your wood - but not just any old wood. Pencil or piano – exotic as Zebrawood or as familiar as pine – we want something that’s a part of you, something with a story to tell. Come and tell us that story, and your donation will be used along with thousands of others to construct this seafaring record of our lives.

There are other ways to get involved with The Boat Project. You can become a boatyard volunteer, or set three sheets to the wind by training as a member of the crew. You might even have an inspired idea for the name of the boat, and be there to swing the bottle at the christening ceremony.

Following the adventures of its maiden voyage, the boat will be gifted back to the region as a permanent resource for the public.

The Boat Project is part of Artists Taking the Lead, a series of 12 public art commissions across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The Boat Project is the winning commission for the South East region and is funded by Arts Council England.

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The Boat Project, Thornham Marina, Thornham Lane, nr. Emsworth, Hampshire
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Last chance to donate wood before 30th July / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2011-07-05T00:00:00Z">Tue 05 Jul 2011</span>Last chance to donate wood before 30th July / Tue 05 Jul 2011

You can donate wood either at the Boat Shed in Thornham Marina, open until 30 July every Saturday, 1-7. Or at a Donation Days across the region; Bexhill-On-Sea Donation Day Event - 23 July, 1pm - 6pm Bexhill-On-Se...

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 Maiden Voyage Commission - an open call for submissions / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2011-08-31T00:00:00Z">Wed 31 Aug 2011</span> Maiden Voyage Commission - an open call for submissions / Wed 31 Aug 2011

In May 2012 a remarkable boat will set sail on its maiden voyage. The 30ft yacht, crafted by a fearlessly adventurous team of boat builders, will be a living archive of people's lives and stories. Since February 2011 ...

Boat Building and Archiving Volunteers / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2011-12-31T00:00:00Z">Sat 31 Dec 2011</span>Boat Building and Archiving Volunteers / Sat 31 Dec 2011

The Boat Project is is something everyone get can involved in; whether you’re nine or ninety, live by the sea or in land-locked Oxfordshire – the entire South East, and indeed, the country is invited to get involved with...

Nominate a Crew Memeber / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2011-07-30T00:00:00Z">Sat 30 Jul 2011</span>Nominate a Crew Memeber / Sat 30 Jul 2011

As people come together from all over the South East to help build a remarkable boat it’s time to find a crew. Since February 2011 The Boat Project has been receiving wooden donations from members of the public. Eac...

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Fairing the HullFairing the Hull

Mark Covell, Jesse Loynes, Ian Davidson, Paul Underhill and Mike Braidley hard at work sanding back the cedar planking to make the hull as smooth and fair as possible prior to glassing. 420 frames shot in the space of...