Grant For Boat Building History Panels

A Bryher boatyard will be able to install panels explaining the history of boatbuilding on the islands after being awarded a £798 SDF grant by the Isles of Scilly AONB.

Bennett Boatyward was awarded 50% of the cost of the three interpretation boards that will outline the legacy left by founder Keith Bennett and offer both islanders and visitors an overview of the cultural importance of boat building on Bryher.

Keith set up the business in the early 1960s, when he took over a disused barn to build his own designs of sailing and motor catamarans. From runabouts for local use to 35ft sailing cats, Keith didn’t enjoy repeating a build so the majority of the 200 boats he built were unique variations on a theme.

Dan, Keith’s son, worked with him for the last two years of his life, during which they designed and built ‘Caracal’ a 30ft motor catamaran which remains the family boat.

Dan is now continuing his father’s legacy as owner of the boatyard.


One Response to Grant For Boat Building History Panels

  1. Barry P November 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    While Keith was a lovely man he didn’t build traditional Scillonian boats, more Polynesian style, there were Traditional boats built on Bryher over a period of time by the Penders and the Jenkins families but Keith’s ideas were considered very new and cutting edge, so this would not be so much an historical presentation more an homage to Keith.