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The Boleh Project

Welcome to the Boleh website and the Boleh Team!

We are all working to deliver the Boleh Project in a spirit of teamwork and with the 'can do' approach which Robin Kilroy and Roger Angel would recognise. Please take a look around the site, learn about Boleh’s history, see the restoration as it happens and find out what our apprentices are up to through their blogs.

From the Trustee Board to the most junior Apprentice we hope you will visit us and share our pride in the restoration of Boleh and the work which is being done with young people in the Portsmouth area. - George Middleton, Chairman, The Boleh Trust.

“Helping young people now and in the future”

Boleh, a historic junk-yacht of unique design, is currently being restored in Portsmouth and turned into the perfect vessel for providing inspirational training to young people facing challenge in their lives.

Boleh was built in Singapore in 1949 and sailed to the UK. Boleh means “can do” in Malay and it is this “can do” philosophy, which drives the project to restore Boleh and put her to work training and inspiring young people.

Through the restoration of this project, the Boleh Trust are supporting young people by:

  • Enabling apprentices to gain practical experience in conservation and shipwright skills
  • Supporting young people to discover the best in themselves through skills and sail training

News and Events

Apprentice Blogs

Apprentice Blogs

Dovetail Draw

We were each given the task of making a dovetail draw for the boat. First I had to measure the size of the hole it was going into, and the rails for the draw to slide on were already secured in...

Posted: 17/04/2014

Apprentice Blogs

Visit to the Sailmakers

I spent three days at James Lawrence Sail makers, while I was there I learnt slot about marking sails. The sails I saw being made were made out of synthetic material that had been cut into strips of...

Posted: 10/04/2014