Classic Motor Boat Association (CMBA)
2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Classic Motor Boat Association and from humble beginnings in 1998 it can now boast approximately 300 members throughout the UK and Europe. The CMBA is now recognised as probably the leading authority in classic boating of the era and they are actively encouraging members to widen the scope and include larger slower craft, river launches and displacement cruisers. They can already count a little Fairey ‘Fawn’, an early ‘Shetland’ and several ‘Huntsman’ within the membership collection.
They also lent their expertise to the team restoring ‘Bluebird’ K3 and assisted in getting her back on the water again in September this year.
To kick off the 20th anniversary the CMBA have joined forces with the Norfolk base International Boatbuilding Training College with an impressive display of nine classic boats, outboard motors at the London Boat Show and a demonstration from IBTC of steam bending timbers.
International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC)
For over 40 years Lowestoft based IBTC, the UK’s premier boatbuilding college, has offered a wide range of boatbuilding, maintenance and woodworking courses to those embarking on a new careers in the marine industry and enthusiasts alike.
At the Show their students will be demonstrating the old skill of steam bending timber to create beautiful ash mast-hoops fastened with traditional copper roves.
Also on display will be a classic Hereshoff Columbian dinghy recently built by college students to original designs. Constructed of mahogany on oak and sprit-sail rigged, it is a fine example of our boat building heritage still being maintained in the 21st century.