Tom Owen
Tom started working with wooden boats in 2002 when he attended the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport RI, USA. Since graduating from the Boatbuilding & Restoration Program there, he has used his traditional skills to restore a series of light to medium displacement racing yachts, dinghies and wooden craft from his workshop in Fowey, Cornwall.

Prior to wooden boatbuilding, Tom read Classics at Durham University and worked in various roles as a financial analyst in London. On his return from the USA in 2004, he worked at Fairlie Restorations on the Hamble and was fortunate to work on both the 19mR Mariquita and the lofting of the 15mR Hispania.

His interest in both racing yacht construction in the years before the Second World War and Scandinavian yacht designers, lead to work on several Tumlaren boats and the full restoration of Bluenose, a 1937 Knud Reimers Tumlaren built at Norrtajlie just north of Stockholm. This naturally led to an interest in the smaller metre classes and the restoration of the 6mR Valdai, a 1930 Alfred Mylne late second rule design built on the Isle of Bute.

He is currently working with his skilled team on the 6mr Marletta, a 1947 David Boyd third rule design built at Sandbanks on the Clyde for the Olympics in Torbay in 1948. Also in the yard at present are another Tumlaren Alert from 1935 and an Ullswater skiff dating from the early 1900s on Derwent Water in the Lake District.

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