Working on the sail boat project are Matt Rose from Bellingen High, Teagen McLaughlan from Coffs High and TAFE teacher Dom Demasi.
Working on the sail boat project are Matt Rose from Bellingen High, Teagen McLaughlan from Coffs High and TAFE teacher Dom Demasi.

Building a classic sailboat

STUDENTS in the Coffs Harbour TAFE Campus’ TVET Construction course are well on the way to hitting the high seas by the end of the year, with their small sailing craft coming closer to completion every week.

Carpentry teacher Dom Demasi is extremely happy with their progress.

“The skills required to build timber boats are similar to carpentry, with many of the skills transferable, so learning basic wood working skills for building a house can also be used to build a timber boat, ” Mr Demasi said.

“The students enjoy working with the boats and are motivated to extend their skills, using the same hand and power tools required to build their usual class project choices of a tool box, mallet or oil stone case. They get the best of both worlds.”

The TVET class allows senior high school students to gain vocational qualifications, while studying for their HSC.



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